Katerina Gibson is a writer living in Naarm (Melbourne). Her debut collection, Women I Know (Scribner, 2022), won the 2023 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Granta, Heat, Meanjin and New Australian Fiction, among others.
The rise and decline of the shopping mall
FictionPerhaps it is instructive to consider how archaeologists of the future may conceive malls. How might they seem, these empty labyrinths – like rituals that had to be endured in order to receive goods and services? As great monoliths, colosseums constructed for our entertainment? As places of worship? Or perhaps malls will seem more like pyramids do to us: mysteries to be unravelled when the tracks of global trade and communication have faded...