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Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Sport

Journalism on steroids

How being attacked for considering testosterone supplements led to a (brief) reflection on the wisdom of immersing oneself in the story

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

COVID-19

Covid’s long road

The author’s frightening experiences of long COVID, a condition still poorly understood and in desperate need of more resources

Still from the YouTube video of the ‘Democracy Manifest’ arrest

Law and order

Succulent Chinese meme

The untold story behind ‘Democracy Manifest’, the nation’s most famous meme

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Literature

How to make it in business

Succumbing to the Ponzi scheme of publishing a national short-story magazine

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Both barrels

The author’s diaries record the early months of a year with change in the air

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Car sick

When the satisfaction of being your own mechanic turns to the unease of driving a car you have put together yourself

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Roosting

The trials and transcendence of packing and unpacking in order to move house

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

A homemade algorithm chooses every book I read

How a monumental to-read list turned into a spreadsheet that randomly selects books

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Helen Garner’s lockdown diaries, 2021

Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists

Image of Corunastylis morrisii (Bearded midge orchid), Coles Bay, Tasmania

The orchid eye

The strange and beautiful world of orchids and how they’ve seduced us