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A Walk in the Park: Damon Young with Ruth Quibell
Ruth Quibell, Damon Young and an audience of walkers in Princes Park — Photo: Jon Tjhia
This instalment of our 2017 series A Walk in the Park features two writers, Damon Young and Ruth Quibell, who know walking – and each other – well. They’re married.
'Our culture of exercise is stupid, it is mechanical, it is … concerned with tuning up our bodily engines – and not with having a richer intellectual or ethical life.'Damon Young
Young, a philosopher and writer of numerous books and genres, is the author of How to Think About Exercise, part of The School of Life’s series of books. In the book, he explores how closely bodies and minds relate to each other – and how crucial harmony between them is to our experience of humanity.
Ahead of a relocation to Tasmania (since completed), Young discusses these ideas (and more) on a walk with Quibell, a sociologist and writer who has described walking as her ‘more than a creative practice or physiological tuneup … walking has been my existential remedy’. Listen for an open-air, intimate conversation about walking, thinking and being human.
Photo: Jon Tjhia
Lisa Taddeo: Three Women
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'With the #MeToo movement right now, we are finally saying what…
Hot Desk Extract: Committed
An extract from Hot Desk Fellow Bella Green's Committed – a series of autobiographical comedic non-fiction essays about sex work.
Private Parts: How to Teach and Learn Consent
Please note that this video includes discussion of sensitive topics around consent. If you require support (and are in Australia), you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre on 1800 015 188. Further resources are available here.
There was 'no means no'. Then 'yes means yes'. Now, we have notions of 'enthusiastic consent' and…
How to Teach and Learn Consent
There was 'no means no'. Then 'yes means yes'. Now, we have notions of 'enthusiastic consent' and 'continued consent'. Sexual consent might seem like a simple thing to understand, but the continued prevalence of harassment and sexual assault tells us it's anything but.
Is our culture sending mixed messages? Can the tricky terrain of consent ever be reduced to a…
Take It From Me: July 2019
Note: this recording contains explicit language and adult themes.
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Jess McGuire is joined by Vanessa Muradian, Aram Hosie and Davey Thompson to dive into romantic conundrums submitted by audience members.
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