By Geoffrey O’Connor

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When people wish you happy birthday they’re not celebrating your birth, writes Geoffrey O’Connor, they’re soothing their own assorted neuroses.


By Toby Fehily

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Birds are an enduring symbol of death across many cultures. So why, asks Toby Fehily, are they rarely seen dead themselves?


By Sheila Heti

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Illustrations by Eirian Chapman

Sheila Heti has 27 answers to the question of how often you should Do It. (Contains some explicit language.)


By Estelle Tang

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Illustrations by Ashley Ronning

As Rookie staff writer Estelle Tang watches her friends raising children, she turns to literature to guide her thinking about a very thorny question.


Is it even a legitimate form of language/communication that warrants any sort of scientific study?

By Sam Wallman

As The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions approaches, we are putting your best questions to some of our favourite thinkers. Musing on the modern art of emoji, we have Walkley-nominated comic artist Sam Wallman, responding to a question from @toastfor_dinner.

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Illustration by @platinumdepot

At a recent event in Melbourne, Anita Sarkeesian shared her arguments for an improved video games culture — as well as the abuse she’s received for expressing her views, and her ideas for improving the diversity, safety and freedom of online culture. Hopscotch Friday editor Stevie O’C unpacks the discussion and what it means for activism, criticism and the games industry.

Last week, I sat in the audience for a talk by Anita Sarkeesian. …


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Writers are expected to participate in informal, off-the-cuff online conversations, but find their tweets and status updates held to impossible standards. Connor Tomas O’Brien asks whether authors now find it difficult to speak honestly online — and what the implications might be for our broader cultural conversations.

In So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson discusses the implications of what happens when public status updates are taken out of context and used to humiliate individuals. After speaking with publicists and NGO workers who lost their livelihoods for sending risqué tweets or Instagram posts into the ether, Ronson comes to a…


The saturation of the internet with crowdfunding campaigns is forcing project creators to resort to narrative tricks to lure in potential backers — and we’re falling for them. Oscar Schwartz scours the playbooks of digital marketing gurus to explain why some crowdfunding campaigns fare better than others.

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This a story of two stories. The first is about Bianca. Bianca is homeless. She is nineteen, has three children with a man who is now in jail, and she is pregnant with her fourth. The second story is about Kurt, or Dave, or Zack — their stories are different, but only superficially…

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