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  • Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy September 8, 2018
    5. The malocca was transformed into a throne room and the courtiers partied in the room below us. I sat on my throne, a giant black widow spider at either hand, remote in the shadows. The throne room was furnished with the same timber as the malocca and lit by red and yellow light that […]
  • Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy September 5, 2018
    4. The ayahuasca, a thick, tar-green puree, ran into the glass. I raised it to my lips, held my breath, and attempted to pour it down my throat without inadvertently tasting it. The flavour was like a fist squeezing the base of my tongue. I swallowed it down, rinsed my mouth and spat into the […]
  • Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy September 1, 2018
    3. By the next morning, I felt physically sick and exhausted. I went to the dispensary and took the thimble of turgid green medicine. As the taste worked its way into my guts as a filament of revulsion, I considered giving the final session a miss. I figured that I’d gotten what I’d come for […]
  • Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy August 27, 2018
    2. The ceremony itself transpires in a ritual space called a malocca, which is a large communal hacienda. Each of the participants lies on a mat on the floor with a pillow, a blanket and a bucket at its foot. The ceremony begins with each coming forward to imbibe the ayahuasca, not unlike a communion […]
  • Ayahuasca: A Memorable Fancy August 25, 2018
    “By degrees we beheld the infinite abyss, fiery as the smoke of a burning city; beneath us at an immense distance was the sun, black but shining round it were fiery tracks on which revolv’d vast spiders, crawling after their prey… ‘The air was full of them and seemed composed of them; these are devils […]
  • An Open Letter to Hannah Gadsby August 4, 2018
      I just wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your show, ‘Nanette.’ You don’t see a lot of genuinely incendiary stuff anymore. Incendiary and vital. Your show is full of emotional bloodletting, but it’s also deceptively sophisticated. You set your audience up really well by slowly peeling away the exceptions they […]
  • Death Symbols April 30, 2018
    Above: ‘Punisher’ emblem on RAAF Wedgetail surveillance plane. “Such symbology… is always ill-considered and implicitly encourages the inculcation of an arrogant hubris.” Lieutenant General Angus Cameron, chief of defence elect on his decision to ban the use of skulls, crossbones, The Punisher Logo, Grim Reaper and Spartan emblems amongst armed forces.   “We train young men […]
  • Sara’s Geometry April 26, 2018
      She comes among us where we are marooned on mats She passes through the ocean of whiteness dressed in olive and black   Linking her movements is a line or a frequency and her feet glide along it as she moves around the room Her fingers seem to find it as she draws them […]
  • Her Absence April 19, 2018
    Her absence luscious and pendulous rhythmic and sussurant respires beside me in the darkness   Within it beats her exquisite nakedness terminals of a battery that sizzled against my flesh three triangles of whiteness –   Along with a language, perfectly wordless transmitted through a myriad of tiny contacts webbed throughout the skin’s surface   […]
  • Okinawa Calling: Sensei Damien Martin on Rediscovering the Roots of Karate February 25, 2018
    Blitz Magazine, Volume 31, Number 6 December 2017/January 2018 Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. Japan’s fifth-largest prefecture was a cauldron of conflict during the second world war and is now a bucolic territory, known to boast one of the largest populations of centenarians in the world. Damien Martin is one of a group of […]