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September 30, 2019

There is nothing ‘normal’ about normality. To quote the Addams family, “What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” A seemingly normal life can be thrown out of order in a split second, as was the case for Edmund Huang in June of 2008.   After a brief outing at the Manukau […]

September 30, 2019

  Imagine having two front doors to your house.   The first front door operates like normal. You control when to leave it open or closed, and who or what comes in. The second door, well, not so much. The second door is a door which you don’t have any control over; it stays open […]

September 30, 2019

CW: Mental Illness, Suicide, Sexual and Physical Abuse, ECT   My girlfriend gets frustrated with me because I don’t open up.   There’s heaps to unpack here: One; I don’t want to put my baggage on someone else. Two; for so long I’ve known that I can’t change anything, so the best I can do […]

September 30, 2019

CW: Mental Illness, Sexual Abuse   There’s an elephant in the room, and we’re not sure how long he’s been there.   For most of our lives, we have associated the elephant with depression, alcoholism, addictions, and racist remarks. As a group of boys, we’ve progressed so far that we can actually say we need […]

September 24, 2019

“There is no such thing as free will,” a friend told me not too long ago. His words made me wonder whether or not Eve and Adam had any say in being brought into this world. I also ended up pondering questions like: Did Eve pick and eat that juicy fruit of her own volition? […]

September 24, 2019

CW: Sexual Assault, Spiked Substances   Dusk possesses an indiscernible allure. Wallflowers transform into live wires—like werewolves, except with more charm and less fur. It’s then that I see my firecracker of a friend let loose, hair down, volume up. She calls it liberation. Light means scrutiny. At night, no one can see how large […]

September 24, 2019

  Once, dinosaurs walked the earth. They had claws and teeth, they dug burrows, nurtured their young, ate each other. For 80 million years, this was a planet of large and small, fast and slow reptilians; strange and dangerous to mammalian flesh. Then that world ended, and life kept changing to fill the spaces the […]

September 24, 2019

Standing alone in the bathroom of an isolated Canterbury hotel, I am chanting an ode to hundreds of years of crying newborns with each dollop of conditioner I prise onto my hand. It’s dark outside and the window is iced over; the locals will only see my naked silhouette. Let them remain at that distance, […]

September 16, 2019

Before the storm, the voice in his head owned him in quiet times. Weak. The same way D would fold when offers for “just a jug” were made. Or when D chose to skip class and fuck around at home instead. Temptation. Temptation, temptation. Alluring and flirtatious, like the snake who tricked Eve. “Come thru!” […]

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