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Rookie Yearbook 3

It's been just over three years since Editor-In-Chief (and life inspiration) Tavi Gevinson launched Rookie Mag, an online publication aimed at teenage gi...

Archer, Issue 3

I really wish Archer Magazine had existed when I was in high school. A Melbourne-based bi-annual publication, Archer honestly and intelligently opens up disc...

Lena Dunham, 'Not That Kind of Girl'

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told”, Lena Dunham writes in the introductio...

Fulsome Prism/You split zine

Purple Rain – the song, the album and the movie – turns 30 this year, and here's your offbeat tribute to it. This split issue of the Melbourne zines Fuls...

John Darnielle, 'Wolf in White Van'

For those not familiar with the quirky and idiosyncratic indie folk of the Mountain Goats allow me to introduce John Darnielle, the driving force behind the ...

The Erudite Travel Guide to Hobart and Southern Tasm...

I recently visited Hobart for the first time. I was there for a total of five days, and for the five weeks leading up to those five days I spent every dying ...

David Walsh, 'Bone of Fact'

If you've spent any time at resplendent Tasmanian culture bunker MONA, your jaw is unlikely to graze the floor when you find out it cost creator David Wa...

Peter Carey, 'Amnesia'

National treasure tackles the up-to-the-minute world of hacking and leaks. Sounds promising, doesn't it? But for all its ambition, Peter Carey's new ...

Beci Orpin, 'Make and Do'

Beci Orpin is one helluva woman. An artist, author, and designer of clothes homewares and textiles (including vibrant/vibe-y recent range 'Arro Home'...

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...