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Museum magazine

Laura and Matthew Bannister's parents must be pretty proud. Not only are their kids genuinely lovely people who hardly ever call each other names, they a...

Strange Plants reissue

Curated, edited and published by Zio Baritaux, Strange Plants is a publication focused on plant life in modern art. The book, printed in Barcelona and design...

Shaun Prescott, 'Erica From Sales'

Erica From Sales isn't really about Erica from sales. Well it is and it isn't. It's about an unnamed narrator who imagines becoming the chief son...

Dan Hong, 'Mr Hong'

Cookbooks are great paperweights. They look very impressive on a shelf in a big stack. I've used them in the past to flatten out important crinkled docum...

Ben Lerner, '10:04'

10:04 begins somewhere near the beginning of the novel. The narrator, also the author, recounts a celebratory meal of massaged baby octopuses, feeling alien,...

Erik Jensen, 'Acute Misfortune: the life and death o...

“He needs to get his hand off his dick. It was way too fucking adult contemporary.” This was my housemate's reaction to Nick Cave's autob...

Cory Arcangel, 'Working On My Novel'

Based on the Twitter feed of the same name, Cory Acrangel's Working On My Novel publishes the best tweets featuring the phrase “working on my novel...

Bleddyn Butcher, 'Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohor...

Bleddyn Butcher has been photographing Nick Cave for three decades. And there's no downplaying the cumulative effect of those years of portraiture: flip ...

Danielle Wood, 'Mothers Grimm'

The front cover may warn “Happy endings not guaranteed,” but the cover design also makes Mothers Grimm seem much more saccharine than it is. In f...

Matthew Hurst and guests, 'The Casual Cyclist's Guid...

Did you know that in 1896 there was a debate among Melbourne high society types about whether to call female bike riders cyclists or cycladies (who sound lik...

Oyster's 20th Anniversary 'Down Under' Issue

Is there a chic version of a Southern Cross tattoo? Australian fashion mag Oyster celebrates the land of waiting for a mate in their latest 'Down Under&#...

Ian McEwan, ‘The Children Act’

Just weeks after Helen Garner pulled a meditative book out of a long and troubling court case, Ian McEwan’s latest novel yields another unadorned examination...

Simon Hanselmann, 'Megahex'

Simon Hanselmann was supposed to be all dolled up like last time we visited his apartment but he'd slept through his alarm and was still apparently pantl...

Raph Rashid, 'Hungry For That'

Oh life's classic catch-22: Either you're money-poor, scrabbling around in your pockets for the dollar you swear you didn't spend so you can buy ...

Miriam Toews, 'All My Puny Sorrows'

All My Puny Sorrows gets described as heartbreaking. In parts it can be crushing. Two sisters are faced with the question: what do you do when someone you lo...

Helen Garner, 'This House of Grief'

It's by no means enjoyable, reading about a father on trial for murdering his three children. But in the hands of Helen Garner, it's meaningful and i...

Oasis

Oasis, the third print publication by independent Melbourne-based publishing house Bloom, contains a lot of familiar Australian images. But they're far r...

Melbourne Writers Festival competition

Melbourne Writers Festival is fast approaching and there's a holy-hell line-up of writers, editors and researchers speaking this year. Among them, David ...

Ronnie Scott, 'Salad Days'

Have you ever bought saffron? I bet you have. That shit's expensive, man (apparently it takes anything from 70,000 to 250,000 tediously-picked flowers to...

Katherine Faw Morris, 'Young God'

In the opening pages of Young God, thirteen-year-old Nikki jumps off a cliff into a pool of water then watches her Mum die attempting the same feat. By the s...

The Young Ones

New bi-annual design magazine The Young Ones is a publication by artists, about artists, for artists. It's sorta like how The Design Files started out bu...

Andrew McMillen, 'Talking Smack: Honest Conversation...

Fourteen musical artists talking about drugs? That premise alone will appeal to some and not so much to others, but journalist Andrew McMillen uses it to jum...

Smith Henderson, 'Fourth of July Creek'

Smith Henderson is a true American name, as is his debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, which is set at the end of the Carter administration in a remote and im...

Minicomic Of The Month Club 2014-15

Anyone who's been following cartooning and its place in popular culture over the past twenty or so years would probably rather staple their own eyelids s...

Liam Pieper, 'The Feel Good Hit of The Year'

There's something hugely reassuring about a stranger's misfortune. Like, sure, adolescence was lonely, but few of us ever had to ride a pushbike to a...

Nic Low, 'Arms Race'

What begins as merely a mischievous streak turns into something deeper, darker, and more oblique in Nic Low's debut collection of stories. The Melbourne-...

Hysteria Mag #4

Recently I was listening to a podcast with pro skater Alex Olson (with whom I am minor league obsessed), where he commented that young skateboarders today do...

Death Is Not the End: The Art of Alexander Heir

Alexander Heir is more than just a ‘punk artist’. The Brooklyn illustrator is also a silk screener, musician and clothing brand owner. But he’s best known fo...