• 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 […]
  • Fighting in Public Places February 17, 2018
    Final I don’t believe in threats. A threat is specific, and knowable. It comes from you, and it’s contained and bordered by words. Fear, however, is personal. It’s amorphous and endless. Like a gas, it expands to fill a space. “You’re done! You’re done!” said the others. “I’m done when I say I’m done,” I […]
  • Fighting in Public Places February 10, 2018
    3. Jester Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, South Australia. She never loved you.   Further down, Kaysler Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley. She never loved you.   In the next rack, Saltram’s Barossa Shiraz. She never loved you. I opted for the Kaysler. Ten minutes to close and there were three girls and one guy […]
  • Fighting in Public Places February 5, 2018
      2. Maybe she didn’t love me. Worse, all those times we lay in each other’s arms at night, she may have just been doing that so I’d keep paying her registration fees and mobile phone bills. Apparently, one of the skills of a psychopath is the ability to mirror the feelings of a normal […]
  • Fighting in Public Places January 28, 2018
        1. Night. A depthless, crystalline dark. I was lighting candles when the phone rang. “Hey Monkey,” I said, “How’s it going?”  “I’m getting dressed up for my ‘Grease’ party,” she said. “I’m going as a Pink Lady. What are you up to tonight?” “Not much. I’m screwed from working all day. I don’t […]
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in the World and the Crime She Committed Against Her Own Face January 4, 2018
    We met at the gym. I can remember a number of occasions I had seen her before we spoke, and she flowed inside the parameters of her name. Before that, she was a force of nature; a wind of the imagination. I never knew which corner I’d turn and she’d come breaking over me with […]