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
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
With the publication date for Mer just around the corner, we sat down with the author Samantha Mansell and asked her about her creative process and some of the inspirations for her work. Sign up to attend the Nov. 17 launch here! Mer as a collection of stories really departs from our traditional understanding of … Continue reading Chatting about Mer with Samantha Mansell
‘Do you want to come home?’ Mum asked me when the pandemic began spreading internationally. I assured her that I was fine in Australia. It has a better health infrastructure than home, a smaller population, and I had already paid my tuition for the year. New Delhi will always be my city but I was … Continue reading The Woes of Being Internationally Stranded
What is it that makes the library an important place? Is it its architectural grandeur that engenders an impression of its cultural import? Is it its inextricability from its primary role as a book collection that generates a conduciveness to scholarship? Is it its history as the cornerstone of egalitarian society that makes the library … Continue reading Designing Connection to Collection
My Gen-Z brain gifted me an eye-opening, isolation-induced epiphany recently: life is relentlessly, unflinchingly episodic.
In the last few months, when people have asked me what I do, I’ve blushed deeply, fumbled with my words, and eventually spluttered in a barely audible whisper: I’m an editor.
It felt like Christmas at my house when Dad announced that he’d bought a 500-hour block of internet. This was around 1997: I was thirteen years old and the whole world had been put at my fingertips. It was well before wireless networks, back when you had to dial in on a computer that was … Continue reading Talking to Strangers
I picked up my phone and stared at my screen frivolously: no new messages. Bored out of my mind, I did the rounds of all my social media. The usual: Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and finally, my favourite binging app, Instagram. As I skimmed through my friends’ stories, a small feeling of guilt took over … Continue reading Digital Dilemma: When is it too much?
We sit in the middle of Carlton Gardens. The Royal Exhibition Building looms in front of us, the sky blue behind it. I can hear rushing cars, rushing trams, rushing water from the fountain. Everything moving around us. It’s nice to be slow. He unpacks a feast between us––chunks of feta, slices of bread, sundried … Continue reading Love in the Time of Cancer