Right now, as I write, I can see a red oil tanker and a gray naval destroyer floating in the jellyfish-and-croc-infested water outside my hotel window. On Tuesday, American combat helicopters flew overhead. Yesterday, I ran through a park filled with decaying bunkers from World War II, and dozens of adorable wallabies.
Did I mention the blue-eyed Australian struggling to teach a couple from somewhere in Southeast Asia the meaning of “easy come, easy go”? Or the Aboriginal art that may or may not be authentic? Or the fantastic Vietnamese food?
Unpacking the meaning of all this is clearly going take some assistance. This place looks to me like a hothouse theater for many of the issues we hope to explore more deeply in Australia — especially Australian identity and Australia’s sense of its place in the world; and its relationship to the land and its history.
Darwin and the territory appear to have much to teach. And so I’m curious: For those of you who know this place better than I do, why do you think Darwin matters? What does this border-military town represent to you, and to Australia?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a story or experience that captures the meaning of this place for you, and I’ll share some of your responses in the next newsletter.
Below are a few other items that piqued my interest. And one more thing: We’ve finally named this newsletter. It’s officially called NYT Australia. Now you can tell your friends what to sign up for. And at the risk of revealing something either idiotic or brilliant, you can tell them we almost named it Cooee!
Even if the first entry wasn’t written for a busy dad like me, I’d still love this new book advice column. Readers describe themselves and ask what to read; a smart New York Times editor provides the exact literary treatment you desperately need. Want your own recommendation? Write to email@example.com. Or if you’re shy, just scan our roundup of new paperbacks.
All great cities change. That’s a constant. But whether you’ve never been to London or were there last week, this interactive feature showing what the wordly city is now and what it may soon lose with Brexit is remarkable for its thoughtfulness and immersive visuals.
I admit, I used to be a music snob, a rockist, but then I got a job at Rolling Stone and developed a deep appreciation for the challenge and artistry of great pop music. Lorde seems to share that, and this profile in the…