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Review: Depends What You Mean By Extremist, by John Safran

by Jane Churchland

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In his latest book John Safran gets up close and personal with people from the current political fringes of Australia. He spends time trying to understand White Nationalists, ISIS supporters, and many others besides. It is sometimes tense. It is often funny. It is almost always more complicated than you might imagine.

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Big History Part Two - A Path to a Re-enchanted World: Creating More Beautiful Stories

by Nathan Campbell

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Have you ever considered the stories we tell ourselves in our modern, western, world, and how they might be shaping the way you view your life? What they might be making you feel (and teaching you to feel) about evil and injustice and goodness and heroism? How they might be forming your imaginations so that, without realising it, you’re geared up to face challenges in your life in particular ways?

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Chester Bennington and the Psalms of Lament

by Stephen Tan

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How can we as Christian communities give space to people who are struggling with doubt, anxiety, angst and frustration with God? How can we welcome people who are at different stages of their journey with God, allowing them to move at their own pace? How can we provide for the Chester Benningtons of the world something that they’ve wanted all along? Somewhere I belong...

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When You Love the Show, But the Show Doesn’t Love You

by Andrew Moody

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But, of course, THT is more than simply a story. It is no secret that when Atwood wrote it in 1985, the book was a pamphlet for the culture wars—a protest against the religious right and its views on abortion, homosexuality and so on. And, given the rhetoric that surrounds this new adaptation, THT still serves that function. It appeals to the prejudices and fears of the intellectual left.

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Various Excuses I Employ While Watching Project Runway

by Lauren Entwistle

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​When I look at Tim Gunn, I fantasise about the future, in which I am finally like him. In my early fifties, perhaps, when I am wise, and I too wear only my signature look every single day (a sack dress in a neutral tone with a futuristic, transparent sports jacket with white ribbing at the cuffs, and different pairs of neon coloured eyewear) and I always have a kind but true word for everyone, and I’m fair and I know my own mind. Because where there is uncertainty, Tim Gunn is sure.

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