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The extraordinary, harrowing spectacle of You Were Never Really Here 

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With the latest film in her oeuvre You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay has revealed a royal flush to modern Hollywood. To describe the film as a thriller would be a gross injustice. Ramsay mixes elements of horror, both psychological and visceral, but fundamentally refutes any simplistic labelling of the film's genre. It has similar bones to the excellent 2012 Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, and 1978's seminal Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese. But that is where the comparisons end. Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here delivers a somewhat simplistic plot: a
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Paper Lungs

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 and some days all this air in my lungs feels less like a gift and more like a burden,   a challenge to prove I am deserving of each and every lungful,  and I am far too tired to live in order to prove a point.    and I have come to realise that 'loving' and 'understanding' are not always twins,   sometimes they are simply strangers sitting at the same bus stop,  and perhaps the only one who can offer me both is the person blinking back at me in the mirror,  she who breathes in time with me, through that
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Tinder Twisters 

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Sorry you’re not getting your regular dose of informative Jane Doe goodness this issue, but my brain was pretty fried after exams. Instead I thought we could have a little bit of a chat about two of my least (and most) favourite things: Twitter and Tinder. Tinder can be a great way of meeting new people and having fun (sexy) times, but it also often makes users feel unsafe. Therefore, I decided to compile a set of twisters based on my own Tinder Survival Tales to raise awareness about how we talk about sex on social media. Hope you enjoy! 
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Psych 101

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Australia is a breeding ground for amazing music. The 20th century saw the likes of INXS, ACDC, Nick Cave, and the Bee Gees rise to the global stage, but even the stature of these legends cannot cast a shadow over the artists emerging from the Aussie music scene today. A number of these artists are making their marks on the psychedelic rock resurgence through their marriage of 60’s sounds with modern music-making technologies and techniques. This has made neo-psychedelia a focal point in Australian music in recent years. Psychedelic music is typically characterised by its ability to reproduce or stimulate
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“Unrepresentative Swill” Vote to Dump Duff

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Few outside the LGBTQIA+ community or uninitiated into the Freudian slip that is student politics would have heard of Queer Collaborations conference (QC). As its name suggests, QC is a national conference for queer people, mainly attended by students. The conference has existed since 1991 and usually occurs in mid-July with at least 200 delegates in attendance from all across Australia. While conference registration is unrestricted, the majority of attendees are university students who are active members of their respective institutions' queer collectives or clubs. QC enables queer people from across Australia to engage in community building, work on campaigns
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Writing on Antidepressants

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For years I would struggle to stay afloat as wave after wave of hopeless panic hit me square in the chest, sweeping me further away from the shore of reality. Lying in bed, paralysed by every anxious thought my mind could conjure up, I would sweat with fear as each minute passed. Each night felt like a nightmare, one which many people would recognise all too well. Anxiety. I had always had a passion for writing, ever since primary school. I had a vivid and overly active imagination, and also loved words. When I began to fall into a pattern
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Customising the Player – Building a New Video Game Identity

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Despite adoring video games, I hesitate to call myself a “gamer”. There’s no real criteria for being one, of course, but video games have played a significant role in my life. I first got my hands on a Gameboy after my older brother received one for his birthday, and I made damn sure that I did too. I recently studied video games while on exchange, designing and building a small one as part of the coursework. I’m hosting a video game themed party soon, for Pete’s sake. Yet the label “gamer” doesn’t feel like it’s mine, as though it doesn’t
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Artist Profile: Leah Hume

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Name: Leah Hume Age: 22 Favourite colour: Turquoise Green Describe your style:I utilise a curated colour palette, using greens as a strong point of growth. There is a lot of emphasis on crafty line work and shape. I like to focus on what makes an individual and their identity. How long have you been designing/illustrating for? I have been designing since high school - so about 10 years. I have been illustrating properly for about 3 years though. What is your favourite thing about Lot’s Wife? I love the diversity in topics that Lot’s Wife cover. You don’t shy away
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NINE NINE!

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What a rollercoaster it has been for Brooklyn Nine Nine fans. The news of my favourite TV show’s cancellation hit me like Gina throwing office stationary into Boyle’s face. There was loss, sadness, despair and, in the immortal words of Captain Raymond Holt, “PAIN.” I sent rows upon rows of crying emojis to friends in Facebook Messenger. I experienced all of the stages of grief. There was denial, anger, bargaining and, finally, acceptance. As somebody who was also a fan of Community, I knew that best TV shows are the ones most at risk for sudden cancellation. The brightest flame
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E-sports FAQ – Why they are so popular, and more! 

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What are e-sports, and why are they so popular?  E-sports is the term used to refer to all forms of competitive gaming which are played for spectators. Typical examples of such games are: League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, CSGO, Starcraft 2, and others. E-sports are extremely popular for several reasons. Firstly, many people play video games and are interested in watching others play them – it is entertaining and they can watch their favourite team/s vs other teams. Secondly, each game and team composition is completely different – you have special abilities and tons of different characters to pick
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Review: Vinegar Tom to your mind’s rescue

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Bold, scintillating, and amped up to leave a mark on the audience, Vinegar Tom, directed by Gina Dickson, was a delight to watch. With attention to detail, the script managed to beautifully weave in nuances of the contemporary world that we live in with 17th century England. On a dark set that compliments the dark humour, the play starts slow. Touching the issue of rising puritan extremism, there is an eerie ambiance wrapped with pangs of tension and fear. Flowing flawlessly from one scene to another, performances by Samantha Hafey, Monique Marani, and Reilly Holt, deserve a special mention. All
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Monash to Introduce Inter-dimensional Parking 

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Dear students,   When you return to Monash Clayton this year, you’ll notice some changes to parking on campus.   The start of semester is always a busy time, so take note of any changes that affect your commute to allow extra time for parking and travel.    We are pleased to announce that, due to advances in technology and the invention of inter-dimensional parking, we are opening one thousand new parking spaces. These parking spaces will be located off Research Way, left of the astral plane and in the void*. The new inter-dimensional carpark will make parking much more convenient for drivers. 
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