Published in Overland Issue 223 Winter 2016 · Uncategorized Transcendental mathematics & our dreamer’s Estado Novo Paul Chicharo Yonder the rainbow gum by the mangrove choke point, which catches plastics and suburban stormwater debris where the river mouth kisses the lake and feeds algae and plankton and newly hatched schools of bluefish, we find a wood-chipper attached to a mechanical clown who moves its head from side to side and in its movements cleaves the mangrove choke. A mule pulls a golf course over the river’s mouth and a trumpet squelches and sputters as it sucks in the vein of the land, airships firebomb the neck and in the haze of the aftermath a helicopter drops a factory on the green of the 9th hole. The rainbow gum charred and full of life regenerates and spits flyers for discount mayonnaise. A single black cow dragging its teats over the cinder field moans for lantana berries or pokeweed. A one-legged boy wearing a hat with a propeller ambles over on his crutch and folds the cow into a jacket and drapes himself in it. Maggots the size of whales wriggle over the dead cities and hollow them. Read the rest of Overland 223 – If you liked this article, please subscribe or donate. Paul Chicharo Paul Chicharo is a senior intelligence operative for Dulex who defected from MK Ultra in 2027. Often re-purposes old refrigerators as plots in his local community garden. More by Paul Chicharo 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 8 June 2023 · Technology ‘AI’ and the quest to redefine workers’ autonomy Rob Horning The phrase artificial intelligence is a profoundly ideological way to characterise automation technologies. It is an expression of the general tendency to discuss technologies as though they were ‘powerful’ in and of themselves—as if power weren’t a relative measure of the different capacities and prerogatives of social classes. First published in Overland Issue 228 7 June 2023 · Housing Taking the Rat King on tour Murdoch Stephens Late last year, Renters United and I joined together to make a new version of Rat King Landlord that would be free to renters. I had been aware of Renters United for about four years when the book came out and I loved what they were up to. Whenever the weird logic of property speculation got air time, Renters United would be there talking about the real impact on people. We were faced with two challenges: where to get the funds to make a few thousand copies, and how to make sure the copies didn’t just sit in our garages getting damp.