We're at capacity with this edition of Notes; bringing you a whole lot of writing on the theme of Full. What’s plenty? What’s the maximum? What’s enough? How, and when, do we stop?
The pieces in this edition explore ideas of stuffing and cramming – our bodies, our bins and even our sentences. We're reflecting, too, on filling in the gaps – on taking in nuance and detail beyond vacant first impressions. Also: bugs. We're eating bugs.
Eloise Grills considers the joys and horrors of over-eating; André Dao gains a richer understanding of new landscapes; Catie McLeod investigates the growing entomophagy (insect-eating) movement; Alistair Baldwin remembers his first job as a keyword-cramming copywriter, and an anonymous recycling collector begs us not to overstuff our bins.
Plus, more from our archive on questions of supply and saturation: from housing markets and the gig economy to storytelling journalism and literary feasts.
Does Google Like My Prose?
In his first job as a writer, Alistair Baldwin stuffed sentences with searchable keywords.
Lie of the Land
André Dao reflects on flawed first impressions of new places, and the time it takes to fill in the gaps.
The Recycling Collector: ‘Some loads are so bad, and so mixed up, that they can’t be sorted … It becomes landfill'
Ben* has worked in the waste industry for 11 years – first as a garbo and now as a recycling collector in inner-Melbourne. He spoke with Sophie Quick about stenches, overstuffing, and why China and India have stopped taking our recycling.
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The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Arlie Hochschild: We Have Outsourced Ourselves
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