[The following is a short story I wrote for the National Portrait Gallery's The Big Chill: Fireside Tales short story and poetry competition. The prompt was the photo below, which was taken in Sydney by Dr Julian Smith some time in the 1940s. Nothing is known about the subject, so entrants were asked to use … Continue reading Winter time ::
Reproduction, birth, and death are inextricably linked ... The act of coitus, considered not only psychologically but also ethically and biologically, is akin to murder.
An elderly couple sat in the middle of the food court in the enormous, bustling shopping centre. Around them families with bands of children were unloading food out of McDonald’s bags or distributing onto smaller plates mounds of food from Chinese all you can eat buffets. The elderly couple seemed out of place, like animals … Continue reading Suicide seems entirely reasonable under certain circumstances ::