Tag: letter from the editor

March

By Naomi Riddle — 31 March, 2020

‘In this moment, we have been asked to mitigate being numerous together. Solidarity in the pandemic, for those in my position, is situated in not making things worse; this we can choose.’ Natasha Lennard, ‘After the Quarantine, the Flood’, Commune, (2020) ‘Go back to Tolstoy, forget the dystopias you got second-hand from crappy TV, say…

February

By Naomi Riddle — 28 February, 2020

‘The space between art for others and art for the self must be simultaneous, contradictory, vulnerable: slanted.’ Terrance Hayes, To Float in the Space Between (2018), p. 113-4     I am not writing to you about Bridget McKenzie or the sports rort scandal or pork barrelling. I am not writing to you about ministerial…

September

By Naomi Riddle — 27 September, 2019

‘The story of the earth—the story of its ‘symphonic synergies’ in which its parts renew each other, in which everything conspires with everything else to bring forth new life (where even death is converted back into life)—is itself on the edge of unravelling.’ Delia Falconer, ‘The Opposite of Glamour’, Sydney Review of Books, (2017) ‘Although the goal—the…

August

By Naomi Riddle — 30 August, 2019

‘She thinks of language partly as a system, partly as a living thing over which one has control, but mostly as agency—as an act with consequences.’ Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture, (7 December, 1993)   Last week Diversity Arts Australia released Shifting the Balance, a report detailing the cultural diversity in leadership roles across Australia’s arts,…

July

By Naomi Riddle — 31 July, 2019

To consider the magazine industry over the last decade is to see an industry in distress: there is the migration from print to digital, the loss of advertisers to social media, and the power of big tech in determining who reads what. In 2018, Facebook’s decision to make non-disclosed changes to their hidden algorithm meant…

January

By Naomi Riddle — 29 January, 2019

‘Imaginative work…is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.’ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929) ‘Finitude is the precondition of and not the foil to power.’ Vitalist International, ‘Life Finds a Way’, Commune Magazine (2018)   In November 2018, the editors of…