Reading (Paul Bence)
Type
Polemic
Category
Reading
Writing

Won’t someone think of the boys

During Children’s Book Week, I visited an elite private school where a deputy principal asked me if I thought I was doing boys a disservice by having such girly covers on my books. I politely but firmly replied that I thought people who told boys they weren’t supposed to read books with girls on the cover were doing everyone a disservice.

hawke
Type
Article
Category
Australia
Work

Australia’s workplace laws: a narrative tragedy

Australia wasn’t perfect in 1989 by any means, but something approximating that could be imagined. However, there was a change of emphasis, as if the toss of a coin had landed on the side of economics instead of people. We could find our own way, or we could copy the US and the neoliberals. We chose the latter, via Margaret Thatcher.

dominik-martin-311
Type
Polemic
Category
Addiction
Queer politics

‘I don’t know why they do shit like ice. Fucking Junkies.’

When you’re doing your Sunday morning shop, she’s in the apartment just overhead, being passed around by a group of gay men in various states of undress. She’s in every rainbow neighbourhood of every big city, everywhere. She’ll make your sex better and your fun wilder; make you want to fuck for days and days. And maybe, if you need it, she’ll make your shame go away. The people Tina touches are like no ‘junkie’ I’ve ever seen or met.

bordiga
Type
Article
Category
History
Long read

Against anti-fascism: Amadeo Bordiga’s last interview

An important figure in Italian and European communism, Bordiga was every bit as prominent as his friend and rival Antonio Gramsci in the decade following the Russian Revolution of 1917. As leader of the abstentionist faction of the Socialist Party, he was at the centre of the split that led to the founding of the Communist Party of Italy, of which he served as secretary while Mussolini seized power.