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  • The absurdity of forced belief

    The absurdity of forced belief

    Imagine being chained to a bench in a dark, Soviet-style cell. Imagine being beaten and tortured mercilessly. Imagine being left alone for days without any human contact and then without seeming cause or reason, tortured […]

     
  • The simultaneous rise and fall of feminism in Australia

    The simultaneous rise and fall of feminism in Australia

      Arriving at work the other day I entered my office and logged on to Facebook (being my ritual procrastination before actually working). Apart from the usual trivialities, I was intrigued to find the following […]

     
  • Top Ten List – Favourite Books

    Top Ten List – Favourite Books

    In the immortal worlds of Thomas Carlyle: ‘In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished […]

     
  • Does Simone de Beauvoir still matter?

    Does Simone de Beauvoir still matter?

    Simone de Beauvoir stands tall, even imposingly, at the centre of the Western feminist pantheon. She is generally regarded as a key figure in the Western feminist tradition and an influential forerunner to the second […]

     
  • On Stand-Up Comedians

    On Stand-Up Comedians

    In his book Maestro, the Australian author, Peter Goldsworthy makes the statement, ‘if you want people to believe your lies, set them to music.’ To this I will add an epigram of my own; if […]

     
  • On News Readers

    On News Readers

    It is common enough knowledge that most television news readers are too stupid to spell their own name. The pretence has long dropped that these plastic-faced suits are actually journalists rather than trained monkeys reciting […]

     
  • On Hangovers

    On Hangovers

    I’m drunk. Well I was a little while ago. At the moment I am nursing a very tender head and stomach and reflecting on the night before. It was a good night certainly. I cannot […]

     
  • On Love

    On Love

    Love does not exist. Yet I want love. Am I being self-contradictory? I don’t think so. After all, there are lots of things we want as humans which do not exist. The perfect job, everyone […]