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Welcome to GR Online, a new series of short-form articles that take aim at the moving target of contemporary culture as it’s whisked along the guide rails of innovations in digital media, globalisation and late-stage capitalism.

In 2023, we’re delighted to be publishing three regular online contributors: Jumaana Abdu, Sam Elkin and Amber Gwynne. In addition to work by these three stellar writers, we’ll also be publishing occasional pieces by other contributors throughout the year. Stay tuned!

Genuine article

The pieces in this edition mine the social, cultural and emotional ramifications of our shifting relationship with reality: the power of deepfakes, the possibilities of AI-generated art, the changing face of cosmetic surgery, the performance of pornographic pleasure, the dangers of corporate greenwashing, the allure of conspiracy...

Tastemakers

I’m still pleasantly mystified by our obsession with food – our need to talk about it, remember it, photograph it and analyse it, to eat our feelings and compare our lives to buffets and boxes of chocolates. 

Beyond the frontier

Click here to listen to Editor Ashley Hay read her introduction ‘Beyond the frontier’. A LONG TIME ago, I spent a day on a...

Prismatic perspectives

Click here to listen to Editor Ashley Hay read her introduction ‘Prismatic perspectives’. IN 1816, DAVID Brewster, a Scottish mathematician and physicist, invented a...

Escape rooms

Click here to listen to Editor Ashley Hay read her introduction ‘Escape Rooms’. THE RAINBOW LORIKEET – a fledgling, brilliant green with texta-colour highlights...

New vibrations

Click here to listen to Editor Ashley Hay read her introduction ‘New vibrations’. IN THE FIRST months of 2020, the vibrations of the Earth...

Create, destroy, reset

Click here to listen to Editor Ashley Hay read her introduction ‘Create, destroy, reset’. WE’RE TERRAFORMING, MY son and me. We’ve done this in...

This south and that north

Click here to listen to Ashley Hay reading her introduction ‘This south and that north’. THERE IS A particular ebb and flow in...

Ripped in half?

ON THE HIGHWAY before the turnoff to the tranquil village where my small house sits in the heart of...

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