Category: Columns

  • Procrastination Corner: Editors’ Top Picks #1

    Procrastination Corner: Editors’ Top Picks #1

    Every fortnight the Tharunka editorial team compiles the best media we’ve been avoiding and/or complementing our studies with. Have fun! Books  Axel: The Mysteries of Udolpho (Ann Radcliffe 1794): One of the OG Gothic horror writers, and originator of the genre terms ‘horror’ and ‘terror’. It’s very 18th Century (archetypal, really), but immensely beautiful and…

  • Del and Aglat #3: And What Do You Burn Apart from Witches?

    Del and Aglat #3: And What Do You Burn Apart from Witches?

    Del and Aglat is a monthly column by Nina Greenhill. “I’m getting a meal before the heist and that’s that,” Del said, finishing the argument between them.  Aglat sunk into her pocket, arms crossed. “Gotta wait an hour after eating before swimming, and the heist is just as active an activity,” he grumbled.  Del pushed open…

  • Science FACT-ion #5: Cyborgs

    Science FACT-ion #5: Cyborgs

    By Riley Hughes “Part man. Part Machine. All Cop.” – Robocop (1987) Beep, boop, beepity, boop. Cyborgs! The fusion of man and machine. The mythos of the cyborg is a relatively new one, with Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Man That Was All Used Up (1843) perhaps being one of the oldest literary accounts…

  • Science FACT-ion #4: Artificial Intelligence

    Science FACT-ion #4: Artificial Intelligence

    By Riley Hughes “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that”. – HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) Artificial Intelligence has perhaps become one of the most used tropes in science fiction. Whether it be as murderous robots (The Terminator (1984) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)), or as near omnipresent programs (The Matrix…

  • In Communion with Calliope #8: Honey-Tongue

    In Communion with Calliope #8: Honey-Tongue

    In Communion with Calliope is a fortnightly column by Ivana Marija Devčić. To me, his words are honey: viscous on my tongue, seeping sweet silence, as though my throat was stung. He is the nocturnal sea – Delivering peace, and ending it,  with the same cold ease.  I would forgo all, still, to spend even…

  • My Academic Journey: Exams, Stress, and Failure

    My Academic Journey: Exams, Stress, and Failure

    By Maha Rauf I’ve always been (moderately) academically inclined. I’ve always wanted to do well in school, and have always framed my actions towards that end. I’ve always derived satisfaction from doing well academically.  This being so, it’s probably unsurprising that I’m terrified of failure.  In my final year of High School, failure hit me…