Published in Overland Issue 209 Summer 2012 Uncategorized Issue 209 Editorial team Contents Regulars Jeff Sparrow − Editorial Alison Croggon Features Nina Power The pessimism of time The paradoxes facing the Left Everett True Me and Pussy Riot Riot Grrl, Russia and the future of music Fiona Capp Salinger’s toilet The culture of confession Elizabeth O’Shea ‘You can’t dream’ Asylum seekers in indefinite detention Sophie Cunningham Descended upon by looters Darwin, theft and Cyclone Tracy David Carlin Scenes from a radical theatre Red Shed Company Rjurik Davidson Political writers in a neoliberal age A way forward for progressive writing Zoë Rodriguez and Ben Eltham Conditions for creativity A debate Maria O’Dwyer Balancing the books Early career writers and financial survival Lisa Farrance Living the life within The benefits of sport Giovanni Tiso Streets of wherever Spy films, globalisation and the meaning of place Isabelle Skaburskis Overlooking tragedy The discourse of human trafficking Short Story Prize Jennifer Mills – Judges’ report Tara Cartland – Frank O’Hara’s Animals John Turner – Killing Floor Melissa Fagan – The day the world stayed the same Poetry Claire Nashar – Cento Michael Farrell – Making Love (to a man) Fiona Wright – Obit Paul Chicharo – Glazed Peyote Crème Brûlée Maria Takolander – Winter war Jal Nicholl – Types Corey Wakeling – The Ear Especially Marty Hiatt – transit of venus Berndt Sellheim – Recrossing the Styx John Kinsella – Pillage Editorial team More by Editorial team Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 24 March 202324 March 2023 War Conga line to Armageddon: the rush to get us into a war with China Ben Brooker It shouldn’t need spelling out that Australia could not win a war with China in any sense that matters, even with the backing of the US and its allies. At best, such a victory would be a Pyrrhic one. At worst, we would be so utterly humiliated as to not even know what kind of defeat had been inflicted upon us. First published in Overland Issue 228 23 March 2023 Trans rights Why gender essentialism is a white supremacist ideology Maddison Stoff The idea that these neo-Nazis are just ‘cosplayers’, rather than the local version of an international and decades-long attempt by numerous lone wolves and paramilitary groups to seize control of multiple countries, is too dangerous to seriously contemplate. The better question might be: why do so many anti-trans rights activists, who often see themselves as left-wing or self-describe as feminists, tolerate or downplay the presence of Nazis in their circles? And, just as importantly, why do neo-Nazis show up to support them?