On the Beach in the arctic north

This article was originally published on here on AttiCusInk, but has been migrated to my Newsvine column.

On the Beach was one of the few mandatory books I read in high school. As Nevil Shute’s radioactive, WWIII cloud crept towards Melbourne I felt, for the first time, the tension of imagining death as a real possibility. I remember marveling at the complacence of the characters who, though they knew the end was nigh, continued to pursue the nuanced pleasures of everyday life as if nothing were amiss. The radioactive cloud creeps south. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Moira Davidson began taking classes in typing and shorthand and the Holmeses plant a garden, and Vladimir Putin has a titanium flag erected in Russia’s garden pond….

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