keywords: Personal Narrative

  • EDUCATION

    Best of 2009: Stairway to international student security

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 05 January 2010
    5 Comments

    After midnight, a group of international students, on a break from their night jobs as waiters, gather in a concrete stairwell and share their stories. Victorian premier John Brumby could learn a thing or two in that shabby stairwell. September 2009

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  • RELIGION

    Marketing the Dalai Lama

    • Yannick Thoraval
    • 14 December 2009
    8 Comments

    When the Dalai Lama appeared, people flocked to the stage, mobile phone cameras in hand, so they too could own a piece of the Dalai Lama. As a measure of our cultural values, it is interesting to consider that the Dalai Lama has become a commodity.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Colombian clues to reconciliation

    • Leonel Narvaez
    • 04 December 2009
    2 Comments

    Following decades of socio-political conflict in Colombia, we have come to understand that a poor person with anger is twice poor; that forgiveness is a powerful way of transforming ungrateful memories into new languages; that in the face of irrational violence, victims must offer the irrationality of forgiveness.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No easy answers to stressed Jewishness

    • Anthony Morris
    • 19 November 2009

    For once in the Coens’ recent comedies not everyone here is an idiot. But not being an idiot doesn’t help serious man Gopnik much, as his world continues to spiral out of control.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The homeless poet

    • John Falzon
    • 12 October 2009
    5 Comments

    A Japanese homeless man was sending the most exquisite poems to a popular newspaper. There is nothing extraordinary about a person experiencing homelessness producing great poetry. Yet the scenario was regarded with astonishment.

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  • EUREKA STREET/ READER'S FEAST AWARD

    Money doesn't make babies happy

    • Stephen Wright
    • 30 September 2009
    6 Comments

    We are terrible at caring for the planet because we are terrible at caring for each other. And we are lousy at caring for each other because we don't seem to have any idea of where the roots of human emotional sustenance lie. We might begin to look at our obsessive love of money and power.

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  • EDUCATION

    Stairway to international student security

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 30 September 2009
    7 Comments

    After midnight, a group of international students, on a break from their night jobs as waiters, gather in a concrete stairwell and share their stories. Victorian premier John Brumby could learn a thing or two in that shabby stairwell.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The Liberals' hidden intellectual arsenal

    • Sarah Burnside
    • 04 August 2009
    12 Comments

    A recent editorial in The Australian regretted that Australian conservatives have conceded the intellectual high ground to Labor. In fact, the Liberal Party and its supporters have arguably been far more astute than the ALP in nurturing academics and research fellows sympathetic to the 'liberal conservative' cause.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Michael McGirr's waking life

    • Morag Fraser
    • 10 July 2009
    4 Comments

    McGirr seems more the magpie than the dormouse. Even when he's curling up under his desk for a post lunch kip you figure he's just giving his brain a few horizontal minutes to organise and file the prodigious miscellany that might otherwise leak out.

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  • RELIGION

    Hitchcock's Easter drama

    • Scott Stephens
    • 06 April 2009
    2 Comments

    Manny, terrified and bewildered, clutches a crucifix and prays, while lawyers spew jargon-laden bile at one another. It might seem strange to invoke a Hitchcock film at Easter, but we can see a similar horror at work in the trial of Jesus.

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  • MEDIA

    Religion lives on in the ABC's shallow pool

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 06 March 2009
    11 Comments

    This week Compass celebrates its 21st birthday. In the fickle, faddish world of television that's quite an achievement. It's ironic that serious coverage of religion is being celebrated on ABC TV, while being purged from radio.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Loving Australia's hard and soft faces

    • Toby Davidson
    • 27 February 2009
    1 Comment

    Sixteen Indigenous authors contribute stories of creation, love and yearning for place. Their country is one whose ancient landscape and traditions of custodianship were violently disrupted well before the 2009 fires.

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