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The Longform Society: Meeting #1: Robots
In our first meeting of the Longform Society, we read a selection of compelling, entertaining and occasionally terrifying pieces on the subject of robots and artificial intelligence.
Will humans have moral obligations to robots? Are we guilty of ‘origin chauvinism’ if we believe only natural phenomena can exhibit consciousness? And is this line of thinking a sinister cousin to racism…
Working with Words: Duncan Ball
Duncan Ball is the Sydney-based author of dozens of books for kids, including the much-loved Emily Eyefinger series. He chatted with us about writer's block, perseverance and the most surprising adaptations of his work.
The Alt Write
Our favourite writers move us and inspire us: our imaginations, our humanity, our understanding of the world. But sometimes their writerly purpose can carry a little more bite. What is the role for the writer as shit-stirrer and agitator, provocateur and agent for change?
For this all-star panel, we’re bringing together four incredible writers and contrarians. With host Michael Williams…
Strange Here: George Saunders
American writer George Saunders is one of the world’s most surreal – and most empathic – eyewitnesses to modern life. But quixotic? Not so much. In his writing, he’s generous with his subjects: offering them dignity where consumerism and politics deny it. It’s absurd and heart-wrenching stuff; often farcical, with echoes of despair.
Best known until now for his short story…
As a writer, critic and 'failed filmmaker', Chris Kraus has heavily influenced many of today's cultural undercurrents.' When her debut novel I Love Dick was published in 1997, it was at least a decade ahead of its time – an ironic, intertextual work playing in the fissures between life and fiction.
If I Love Dick’s early readers were few…
Family and Fiction: Anne Enright
Anne Enright is known for exploring the complexities and banalities of family life with a steely, satirical eye. As a theme in literature, ‘family’ has sometimes suffered against unfair prejudices, especially when explored by women writers, but Enright writes with a virtuosity that makes a nonsense of the stigma.
It’s not just the way the Irish author navigates the universal…
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