Published in Overland Issue 217 Summer 2014 · Uncategorized editorial | Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow I’m leaving Overland at the end of 2014, which makes this the final edition I’ll edit. It’s been a strange seven years, watching the social settlement of the postwar era dissolve and so many of our certainties about culture and politics melt into air. An earlier generation of literary writers took for granted the slow but inevitable advance of liberal values, nurtured by the civilising influence of their prose. That’s no longer possible: not here, not now, in the Australia of near-permanent war and refugee gulags and legal immunity for security agents. On the contrary, the future shows every sign of being worse than the past, in ways we’re only starting to grasp. In 1942, with the twentieth century at its darkest, Victor Serge learned of the suicide of Stefan Zweig, appalled at what Serge called the ‘collapse of a culture and a world’. The intelligentsia was ‘being torn up and crushed by the hurricane’, wrote Serge in his diary. ‘It will only be able to rediscover its purpose in life by understanding the hurricane and flinging itself into it heart and soul.’ That’s surely the role of a journal like Overland – to make sense of our epoch’s storms and to encourage writers to engage rather than despair. I extend my thanks to the editors, writers, designers, administrators, proofreaders, coders and volunteers who have contributed so much to Overland in the seven years I’ve been editor. Collectively, we’ve achieved a great deal, with Overland now reaching more people than ever before both in print and online. In 2015, my friend and colleague Jacinda Woodhead takes the helm. The journal could not be in safer hands. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow 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 1 June 20231 June 2023 · Politics Turning peaceful protesters into criminals—again Evan Smith So the Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Bill 2023 has been passed by South Australia’s Legislative Assembly and will become law. Fifteen hours of debate in the upper house, led by the Greens and SA Best, could not overturn the bill that was reportedly rushed through the lower house in just twenty-two minutes a fortnight ago. First published in Overland Issue 228 31 May 202331 May 2023 · Film In Memoriam: Kenneth Anger’s cinematic incantations Eloise Ross ‘Making a movie is casting a spell,’ said Kenneth Anger about his lifelong profession, his unique and spectacular talent, his very own dark magic. That certainly describes how I was lured into his realm. There was a time in my life where I would watch Anger’s seven-minute film Rabbit’s Moon basically on repeat, infatuated by its blue-tinted images of a sprightly harlequin dancing around a clearing and calling silently to the moon. It was poetry.