The Australia Letter is a weekly publication from our Australia bureau. Signal as much as get it by electronic mail. This week’s difficulty is written by Livia Albeck-Ripka, a reporter with the bureau.
It was lower than every week in the past that Scott Morrison’s victory shocked many Australians, leaving the nation scrambling for explanations and asking: Are Australian cities out of contact with their rural counterparts? What occurred to the so-called local weather change election? Is our democracy turning into extra populist?
Since then, the shock win has dominated the information. However unsurprisingly, different issues additionally occurred — issues which will save us but from election information fatigue.
Just like the essential information that, after a protracted battle with Melbourne and Brisbane, Sydney has lastly secured the Australian premiere of “Hamilton” — the hip-hop musical in regards to the rise and fall of one in all America’s founding fathers, for which tickets in New York Metropolis can price a whole bunch of dollars.
As one Occasions critic put it after the present’s Broadway debut in 2015: “Sure, it truly is that good.”
And final week, the nation singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves joined a cohort of celebrities who, at Australians’ insistence, have “quaffed from a boot” when she drank tequila from a glass slipper in Melbourne, writes Tacey Rychter.
Right here’s every little thing you by no means wished to know in regards to the “shoey,” a consuming custom popping up in Australian reside music.
A meteor additionally shot a whole bunch of kilometers throughout the sky within the southern a part of Australia on Tuesday night, after which, after all, there was the “Sport of Thrones” finale, which — relying in your emotions in regards to the Mad Queen — bitterly divided viewers.
So to present your thoughts (and your soul) a well-deserved break, we’ve curated one of the best tales this week that aren’t about politics — a minimum of in a roundabout way — from The Occasions.
• Speak Soiled With Machine: Tech entrepreneurs have created pc applications that function proxies for romantic companions designed to assist woeful daters sext, ghost and develop a vocabulary round consent.
• The Pleasure of Watching Others Confront Their Personal Incompetence: A video during which an unknown artist makes drawing a hand look straightforward has been mimicked a whole bunch of occasions, revealing that most individuals are unhealthy at drawing arms (and we get pleasure from watching them fail).
• Samin Nosrat’s 10 Important Persian Recipes: Essentially the most highly effective type of cultural immersion Samin Nosrat skilled as a baby was culinary, she writes. Right here, the writer of “Salt Fats Acid Warmth” shares a few of her favourite, and herb-filled, recipes.
• How A lot Alcohol Can You Drink Safely?: Sorting by the most recent analysis on how you can optimize your well-being is a continuing and confounding characteristic of recent life. So which research do you have to belief?
Additionally, we’d like to know: How do you escape the information cycle when it will get an excessive amount of? Or is it troublesome so that you can unplug? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or be part of our NYT Australia Fb group to share.
Now for a round-up of tales from our bureau and past. (And sure, some are election-related. Be at liberty to keep away from.)
• How Our Toothbrushes Are Littering Paradise: A brand new survey of distant islands off the coast of Australia discovered mountains of plastic weighing as a lot as a blue whale.
• Opinion|Australia Isn’t Proper-Wing. It’s Cautious: The election upset exhibits that voters don’t wish to rock the boat, writes the opinion author Waleed Aly.
• Opinion|An Electoral Brush Hearth in Australia: As soon as once more, analysts overestimated the resonance of local weather change and underestimated the ability of financial populism.
… And Over to You
Since our story on the common-or-garden “shoey” was launched into the world, responses to the pattern have assorted from horror to amusement. For one Australian reader in our NYT Fb group, it was brand-new data.
“Properly, in my over 50 years of being an Australian, I’ve by no means seen anybody drink out of a shoe — I didn’t comprehend it was a factor, I didn’t know there was a reputation for it, and I didn’t comprehend it was a ‘nice Aussie custom’. Are we having fun at these gullible guests by encouraging them to take part on this ‘custom?’ They need to get Tim Tams as an alternative.”
— Martin Algie