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Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs and ride through red lights

If you've looked around a city lately, you might've noticed that many cyclists don't obey some traffic laws. They roll through stop signs, instead of coming to a complete stop, and brazenly ride through red lights if there aren't any cars coming.<p>research and common sense say slowly rolling through …

Asylum seeker 'mega department' risks our democracy

Scott Morrison's creation of a single border force confirms it: asylum seeker policy is dominating the working agenda of the government and its departments. An inquiry is inevitable<p>Today, in his address at the Lowy Institute, immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the creation of the …

What are some habits that help you keep your relationships with friends and family strong? E.g., call your parents every Sunday night. Other habits?

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What qualifies you as rich in Australia today?

<i>Research shows that the rich tend not to realise how rich they actually are and the overwhelming majority of Australians consider themselves</i> …

Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar, and the Creative Impulse

The question of what propels creators, especially great creators, is the subject of eternal fascination and cultural curiosity. In <b>“Why I Write,”</b> originally published in the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> in December of 1976 and found in <b>The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1</b> (<i>public library</i>), <b>Joan Didion</b> — …

Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her rules. My favorite is <b>Zadie Smith’</b>s list — an exquisite balance …

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

Are you ready to write?<p><i>1200 Creative Writing Prompts</i> is jam-packed with inspiration and motivation:<p>500 fiction prompts cover a range of genres: …

Throw Over Your Man: Virginia Woolf’s 1927 Love Letter to Vita Sackville-West

What makes an extraordinary love letter? After Monday’s omnibus of famous correspondence, I revisited a lovely decade-old book titled <b>The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time</b>, which features missives from icons like <b>Ernest Hemingway</b>, <b>Jack Kerouac</b>, <b>Frida Kahlo</b>, <b>Franz Kafka</b>, and <b>Mozart</b>, covering everything …