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Postcard from Melbourne

by Eleanor Ivory Weber

Kate Meakin, a crust of bread, 2015, steel, tape, rabbit fur. Courtesy: the artist; photograph: Christo Crocker

Locals revel in sardonically reminding outsiders who mention the infamous unpredictable weather: ‘that’s Melbourne’. Melburnians are proud of their city – it’s tempting to say there is an inward-looking tendency. However, more generously, it’s conviction and dedication to their place…

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Postcard from Nizhny Novgorod

by Noemi Smolik

Main Trade Fair Building, Nizhny Novgorod, built 1890.

When the invitation arrived this spring to attend a symposium in Nizhny Novgorod, I immediately said yes. I had always wanted to see this Russian city, which, at the end of the 19th century, witnessed one of the biggest scandals…

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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

by Stephanie DeGooyer

A.L. Steiner, Untitled (Rachel on bed with Pocket and Goose), 2011, colour pigment print. All images courtesy: the artist and Koenig & Clinton, New York

In her new memoir The Argonauts (2015), poet, writer and art critic Maggie Nelson meditates on a set of oxymorons: the pregnant woman who thinks, the mother who writes and the queer who procreates.

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