Author — Elle and Uther

Author Archive: Elle and Uther

Uther makes theatre. Elle grew up on a boat. Together they edit Salient.

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10/10/11

Oh. Okay. We escaped, then. Brilliant. We love it when we do that. [This smells like a Doctor Who quote. Remove. No Doctor Who quotes when I share the byline!—Elle] So here it is. The final issue of Salient ‘11. To mark the occasion, we have increased the pages, and made the paper worse. We [...]

12/09/11

Elle went to a school that ranked sportiness as next to godliness, where the principal once remarked, “I don’t see why anyone should study languages. Everyone speaks English overseas”. Uther went to a school that tilted so towards the left that, in Year 13, he effectively took Media Studies twice in parallel—once as Journalism, once [...]

08/08/11

The arts are important. Important with a big, pretentious, Neil Gaiman capital ‘I’. It’s easy to place too much emphasis on the wrong question as we trudge through life—especially when the bulk of tertiary education focuses on the ‘how’s. The arts are the study of ‘why’. Like some liminal Lycra, culture holds everything in place; [...]

01/08/11

As an idea, justice can seem so dauntingly huge that it almost without exception eclipses its smaller, more subtle details. Justice is not about just the big, binary opposites—life or death, right or wrong, evil or good. It is also about a lot of little everythings. Justice is balance, in all things and in all [...]

25/07/11

At time of writing, Uther’s flat will not have had hot water for three and a half weeks. The landlord has claimed on no fewer than six occasions that he would come round and fix it within two days. This has not yet occurred. Uther and his flatmates have been using the shower in the [...]

11/07/11

To begin: welcome back. We hope exams didn’t crush your spirits. We hope you scraped whatever grade it is that you’ve arbitrarily decided defines your worth as a human. And we hope that you had a good, relaxing break, during which you emerged at least a little from your end-of-trimester stress-cocoon of fear and No-Doz. [...]

23/05/11

There’s this thing called a Confucian shift. It’s when a new technology or idea arrives and changes life and society in a way that could never have been predicted. The Internet is the greatest and most recent Confucian shift. Imagine trying to explain it to someone from the 1800s. It would be like trying to [...]

09/05/11

Science is important. Important with a big, pretentious, Neil Gaiman capital ‘I’. It’s easy to place too much emphasis on the wrong questions as we trudge through life—especially when the bulk of tertiary education focuses on the ‘what’s and ‘why’s of life. But science is the study of ‘how’. Like some liminal lycra, science holds [...]

02/05/11

CCDN 271 Lecturer: “You’re going to be dreaming design, thinking design, speaking design, eating design… it’s all very sad for you, really.” Jessica Christini Last year, Media Studies major Elle enrolled in a 100-level, open-entry course at the School of Architecture and Design on Vivian Street as an interest paper. That was her first mistake. [...]