In the Beginning
Tiffany Tsao • 15 October 2021
Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Circular!
If you've signed up to receive this newsletter, you know that we have big plans. We want to keep interesting, useful, and surprising Australian non-fiction pieces circulating beyond their fifteen seconds of fame. We want to bring new non-fiction into dialogue with less new non-fiction. We want to diversify what people think about when they think about good Australian writing: what it's written on; who writes it; where it gets published. And we want to do all this through a compact and carefully curated newsletter that will arrive in your inbox once a week.
This issue is organised around the loose theme of ‘place’. What are people’s relationships to the places where they are? How much agency do they have in placing themselves within those places? When they are told to ‘know their place’, what place is that, exactly?
The Circular is an evolving project. In a few weeks, it may have a dorsal fin. In a few months, it may exchange its gills for lungs. Or grow a fifth heart. Or sprout some wings. Or ditch its eyes. Time will tell.
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This edition and all subsequent ones will be archived here on The Circular website. We thought we’d save you the trouble of hunting through your inbox if you ever wanted to revisit any back issues.
Last but certainly not least, we’d love to hear your reading recommendations! Is there an online non-fiction piece by or about an Australian writer that has made you tingle with excitement? One that you feel deserves more attention, perhaps? Send your suggestions for future newsletter inclusions to Tiffany Tsao at email@example.com. Note: open-access pieces are strongly preferred