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Kafka’s Metamorphosis and the Acceptance of Tragedy

Franz Kafka’s short-story¬†Metamorphosis is a harrowing depiction of a bizarre physical and mental transformation. A salesman by the name of Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to find that he has inexplicably developed into an insect. No explanation is given as … Continue reading

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On Becoming Who One Is

In 1971 the Who’s Pete Townshend wrote the following lyrics: ‘Please don’t say that you know me Cause I don’t even know myself.’ Known for his turbulent and often troubled life, Townshend’s angst and confusion reflect the difficult journey many … Continue reading

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Made me Smile #2

I. A tradie reading a Penguin Classic on the train: a glorious contravention of everyone’s expectations. II. Waiting in line at Kinokuniya bookshop- the only place in which an extended cue is fine with me. We are all here to … Continue reading

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Made Me Smile #1

I. A beautiful image yesterday: an elderly man walking his granddaughter home from primary school. He was carrying her bag and had made her fairy bread as an after school treat. She was singing a made-up melody with the abandon … Continue reading

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Lonely Airport on a Sunday Night

I was waiting alone in Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport late one Sunday evening in September, 2015. The terminal was far quieter than usual, with my fellow passengers spread sparsely instead of in the big clusters common in peak times. I had … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer: A Confession

At this stage in my life, I find that the Lord’s Prayer is the only form of supplication I can enter into with sincerity. As I understand them,¬†Jesus’ words to his Father are a humble expression of hope laced with … Continue reading

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Aphorisms and Reflections #1

I. What’s so good about being ‘efficient’ anyway? Sure, it saves money and time, but is not the natural end-goal of ‘efficiency’ the elimination of the human? II. The only form of activism that really counts is that which takes … Continue reading

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