BOOK REVIEW: Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan

Smart Ovens for Lonely People is an anthology of 20 short stories. Published in June 2020, it is Elizabeth Tan’s second book. This is a contemporary work that draws from trends, issues and themes in today’s society, including the growing global discussion of the sensory phenomenon known as ASMR, of suicide and of technologically utopian futures. However, each story – some seemingly frivolous and random – work as a commentary on a deeper level.

Things I learned along the way: Studying with a disability

Ethan Patrick on getting around University of Melbourne Carpark. Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash ‘Getting around here is going to be a struggle’. This was my first thought when I saw Melbourne University's massive Parkville campus. As a young person with a disability, I was coming from a relatively small high school and had little … Continue reading Things I learned along the way: Studying with a disability

A Shout-out to Those Still Suffering from Post-COVID-19 Fatigue

Greta Lukavic worked in a grocery store throughout Melbourne's Coronavirus lockdown As Melburnians dive into summer and bandy about phrases like ‘the new normal’, it’s worth sparing a thought for those of us who are suffering a bout of post-COVID-19 fatigue. I'm talking about the variety of fatigue that manifests as a kind of emotional … Continue reading A Shout-out to Those Still Suffering from Post-COVID-19 Fatigue