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Dumbo Feather Issue 54

Dumbo Feather is an iconic Australian magazine. Published quarterly for seven years, and hailed around the world as a design leader, it is a magazine like no other. Our readers are people who want to be told a different story than the one they hear every day. Each quarterly issue features five extended (20 page) profiles of people worth knowing, across enterprise, education, science, sport, politics, fashion and the arts. Whether they’ve touched millions, or just those around them, we take the time to get to know these people, and ask them to tell us their stories.

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Dumbo Feather Pty Ltd
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featured artist: tracey deep

Dear friends, In the early months of 2017, I experienced romantic love for the first time. Being the ripe age of 31 it felt like a long while coming, and I’d built quite a few expectations as to how it would play out. But the reality didn’t quite match the picture I’d been fed. While I was taken by this man (and all of his magnificence), it wasn’t like I’d suddenly found my missing puzzle piece. In fact, there were more pieces now, and they didn’t always click with mine. Initially it was disorienting, but every now and then—when my expectations softened—I got a glimpse into the deeper place where the staying power was coming from. I could see that he was both familiar and a mystery to me, someone I felt…

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the other kind of love

Ah, love. It’s one of those words, isn’t it? We routinely use it to refer to romantic passion, or the bonds of familial affection, or close friendship, or even our emotional response to music, food, travel, pets, or poetry. We can say, “I love your scarf” with the same kind of intensity as when we say, “I will love you forever.” Because “love” is such a carry-all word, it’s open to endless misinterpretation. The very power of it—the charm of it—creates the potential for all kinds of misunderstandings. “Love you!” we might chirrup, as a light-hearted way of ending a phone call—rather like the affectionate little “x” we add in a text to someone we’d never dream of kissing. Yet even those apparently innocent signals can cause trouble if the person…

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beyond romantic consumerism

In the past 15 to 20 years, a profound change has taken place in the way we think about and find romantic love. The internet has completely transformed the landscape from the one that I, a Generation-Xer, encountered when I started dating as a young adult. In the early ’90s, for example, sexual exclusivity was typically assumed, even in the early stages of dating, unless one explicitly agreed otherwise. Today the default assumption between new lovers is the opposite. One does not assume exclusivity until it is mutually agreed upon. At the same time, new distinctions have been created between “levels” of relationship that did not exist before (for example, “seeing” versus “dating”), and a certain stigma of naïveté can attach to prematurely attributing emotional significance to an arrangement that the…

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esther perel unlocks erotic intelligence

SUBJECT Esther Perel OCCUPATION Relationship therapist INTERVIEWER Berry Liberman PHOTOGRAPHER Tawni Bannister LOCATION New York, US DATE November 2017 ANTIDOTE TO Romantic consumerism UNEXPECTED Speaks nine languages “We seek in romantic love what we used to look for in religion. Transcendence, meaning, belonging, ecstasy.” Through her best-selling books, TED Talks and now famous podcast, Where Do We Begin?, Esther Perel, a Belgian-born, New York-based psychotherapist, has skillfully cracked open a public discourse on the nature of our sexual lives that, in her own words, has become “a public health campaign.” The realm of our bodies, our sexual lives and our inner worlds terrify and inspire us in equal measure. For Esther, it is the landscape of truth. Here, at our most vulnerable, we reveal our deepest hopes and greatest fears—both our need to connect and our need for freedom. I first heard about Esther when I watched her…

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miranda july curates connection

SUBJECT Miranda July OCCUPATION Actress, artist, film director, writer INTERVIEWER Sarah Darmody PHOTOGRAPHER Elizabeth Weinberg LOCATION Los Angeles, US DATE November 2017 ANTIDOTE TO Convention UNEXPECTED Works on vacation I told my daughter I was interviewing Miranda July. My daughter is four and doesn’t know what that means, but I needed a fall guy for why she couldn’t stay home with me to watch episodes of a dubious French animation about intergalactic popstars. Yelling over my shoulder to the tiny passenger in her bike seat, I justified the inevitable ride to pre-school. “I have to do a lot of work,” I said, “to think of questions to ask Miranda July—don’t you think that’s a lovely name?” “Yes!” she said, “and silly.” “I think my ideas come a little differently. They’ll be knocking on the door for a long time and I’m not hearing. And then I’ll open…

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erich fromm

Erich Fromm invites the patient into his office and asks them to sit down and talk. “Just say whatever comes into your mind,” he says. Erich doesn’t make demands. Society makes enough of those. The patient—without realising it—is trying to meet these very expectations, selling themselves on the “personality market” which pays a high price for some attributes (wealth, humour, good looks, intelligence) and nothing for certain others. When Erich meets a patient, he puts these values out of his mind. Then he does something radical: he listens. Not the way Freud did—not in an impassive manner. He listens with his heart. He listens with the totality of his being—good and bad—because he knows the human experience encapsulates both things, and that to deny this is to deny life itself. “Everything…

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