A Review of “Happy Never After”: owning our sadness, grief, and all those other uncomfortable things adults never talk about
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A Review of “Happy Never After”: owning our sadness, grief, and all those other uncomfortable things adults never talk about


I am frustrated today. Honestly, the day could not have felt more shitty if it tried. Sure, there were lots of okay things that happened, but my general mood has oscillated between “Fuck this” and verging on tears. I am currently looking for work, an arduous task done in silence and solitude because heaven forbid … Continue reading

A Review of Historical Texts on the Death Penalty and How They Shaped My Opinion on Capital Punishment
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A Review of Historical Texts on the Death Penalty and How They Shaped My Opinion on Capital Punishment


Noose: True Stories of Australians Who Died at the Gallows written by Xavier Duff is a brief history of some of Australia’s most infamous capital punishment cases. The book opens with the Mile Creek massacre, which was one of the first times recorded in Australian history where white Australians were trialed and found guilty of … Continue reading

Four books from around the world to read if you were obsessed with ‘Making a Murderer’
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Four books from around the world to read if you were obsessed with ‘Making a Murderer’


Last Woman Hanged is an Australian novel by Caroline Overington. This book is more than just an insight into Australia’s early justice system, it is also about women’s rights in Australia and their representation in the legal system. Whether you think Lousia Collins was innocent or not, this book will challenge what you think you … Continue reading

Author, sinologist, translator, and literary critic Pierre Ryckmans/Simon Leys has passed away.
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Author, sinologist, translator, and literary critic Pierre Ryckmans/Simon Leys has passed away.


Pierre Ryckmans was born in Belgium, married in Hong Kong, and spent most of his adult life settled in Australia. He taught Chinese studies at the Australian National University and is the author of over 20 works in English and French. He even supervised former Australian Prime Minster, Kevin Rudd, for his honours thesis on … Continue reading