Yves Rees is a lecturer in history at La Trobe University, the co-host of the Archive Fever podcast, author of All About Yves: Notes from a Transition (Allen & Unwin, 2021) and co-editor of Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2022). They were awarded the 2020 ABR Calibre Essay Prize and a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship.
Their writing has featured in The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Meanjin and Overland, among many other publications.
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The fight for the white stuff
EssayAlthough non-dairy milks are hardly unique to the US, there seemed something distinctly ‘American’ about the consumerist techno-utopianism of engineered nutrition. In its seductive promises and dazzling abundance, in its massification and drive for profit, and its bold-yet-arrogant ambition, the world of plant milks became a metonym for everything I loved and loathed about US culture. Give me a carton of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze and you have given me America.