Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/shanefitzsimmons

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Shane Fitzsimmons currently leads Resilience NSW — the peak disaster management and recovery agency in NSW — as its inaugural Commissioner, following a long and distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire…


Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/tule

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Tú Lê is a young lawyer, community worker, and political advocate. Tú recently came to national and international prominence, with articles recently published in The New York Times, in the wake of…


Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonkoncancer

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In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:

  • Paul’s cancer journey and the odds of his survival
  • The development of immunotherapy and other revolutionary cancer treatments
  • Cancer research and the medical establishment
  • The…

Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonkmortalityandmeaning

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In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:

  • The commemoration of the dead through religious rituals, such as the Kaddish
  • Representations of mortality, death, and dying as expressed in poetry and literature
  • Why…

Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonkonchina

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In this episode, Nick and Paul discuss:

  • Paul’s book Thunder From the Silent Zone, and four possible futures for China
  • The history and legacy of Hu Yaobang, the “conscience” of the Chinese…

Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonklyricpoetry

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In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:

  • Poetry’s Touch by Professor William Waters and its influence on Paul’s approach to lyric poetry
  • The ‘addressable you’ in poetry
  • Reflections on communicative intimacy…

Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/frankbrennan

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Father Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest and the current Rector of Newman College within the University of Melbourne. He is a man of many talents and interests, having worked variously…


Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/reviews/normalpeople

The BBC/Hulu television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestseller and “future classic” Normal People was met with critical acclaim around the world when it premiered in late April 2020. However, the series hasn’t received uniformly positive reviews. Jessa Crispin’s piece in The Guardian called it “a gutless…


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Originally published at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/bensonsaulo

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Benson Saulo is an inspirational and trailblazing 32 year old Australian, who has had a wide and diverse career across the social purpose sector, consulting, banking and finance, diplomacy and advocacy…


Originally published with more (and better-sized) photos at https://www.nickfabbri.com/blog/melbournewinter

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for it and it would not be a wasted life.” — Katsumoto, The Last Samurai

During isolation and lockdowns, I’ve found myself noticing and appreciating nature more than…

Nick Fabbri

Writer and podcaster in Melbourne, Australia www.nickfabbri.com

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