The Lifted Brow
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The Lifted Brow is a bimonthly magazine from Australia and the world. Every two months, the Brow publishes fiction, essays, art, comics, and commentary on everything from maths to celebrity to design. It’s edited and published by Sam Cooney and is stocked in bookstores, magazine stores, record stores, and on the internet. Stephanie Van Schilt is deputy editor, Ellena Savage edits the arts and culture lift-out Middlebrow, and Johannes Jakob reads and edits fiction. The Brow′s designer is Rosetta Mills, digital director is Elmo Keep, events coordinator is Ashlyn Veale, original founding editor and publisher Ronnie Scott is now art editor, David Hall is the sales guru, Sarah Jansen is all things advertising, marketing and sponsorship, and the Brow is saved every day by the most excellent interns and volunteers/friends.
The Lifted Brow is also available in digital format through its own iOS app. The app is updated fortnightly.
In 2013 The Lifted Brow published its first anthology: The Best of The Lifted Brow: Volume One. Celebrating the first five years of the magazine (2007-2011) it features: David Foster Wallace, Frank Moorhouse, Jim Shepard, Karen Russell, Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, Heidi Julavits, Adam Levin, Rick Moody, Robert Shearman, n a bourke, Glen David Gold, Blake Butler, Michaela McGuire, Chris Somerville, Liam Pieper, Sam Cooney, Romy Ash, Luke Ryan, Tao Lin, Benjamin Law, Benjamin Kunkel, Christos Tsiolkas, Tom Cho, Rebecca Giggs, Alice Pung, Elspeth Muir, and Anna Krien.
Primarily a literary journal, the Brow also publishes art, comics, and music; it has been considered "uncategorisable". Since its inception in 2007 the Brow has been home to everyone from Christos Tsiolkas to Helen Garner, David Foster Wallace to Neil Gaiman as well as writers like Rick Moody, Karen Russell, Tom Cho, Douglas Coupland, Heidi Julavits, Tom Bissell, Tao Lin, Rebecca Giggs, Jim Shepard, Frank Moorhouse, Anna Krien, Romy Ash, Sam Lipsyte, Sheila Heti, Jim Shepard, Elizabeth Gaffney, Angie Hart, Blake Butler and Benjamin Kunkel. At its live shows, it has hosted performances by Spiral Stairs, Mere Women, Post Paint, Milk Teddy, Mining Boom, Golden Blonde, Circular Keys, Bachelorette, Angie Hart, and Washington. Regular contributors include Alice Pung, Eddie Campbell, Anna Krien, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Gilian Terzis, Noel Freibert, Briohny Doyle, Simon Hanselmann, Renee French, Benjamin Law, and Vijay Khurana. It originated in Brisbane, was produced for years from Melbourne, spent 2012 in Sydney, and is now back in Melbourne.
Designed to look like a literary journal from the past, The Lifted Brow was launched at The Troubadour by musical acts Ambitious Lovers, Shakes, Marlinchen, and Blendher. Featured authors of fiction included Anna Pearson, Chris Somerville, Rory Killen, Ben Spencer, Amy Thomas, and Cameron Murphy. Interviewees included Eddie Campbell, Animal Collective and Naomi Shihab Nye. Contributing artists were Bad Teeth, Plump Oyster and Mel Stringer.
The second issue published work with an increased focus on Brisbane, as well as new work by Dean Bakopoulos and Tao Lin. It included a CD documenting Brisbane's indie scene as at late 2007, with contributions from BigStrongBrute, Shiver Like Timber, Joel Saunders, Rialto Decibel Choir, The Night Crash, To the North, and many others.
May 2008 Issue the Third: James McCulloch, Phoebe Sylvia Goulter, Penelope Brimwell, Richard MacFarlane, Black Dice, Soft Tigers, Kevin Drew, Anna Krien, n a bourke, Daniel Jenkins, Chris Currie, Angela Slatter, Andrew Crockett, Eric Hanson, Mel Stringer, Ben Constantine.
The fourth issue of The Lifted Brow featured stories, songs, and comics based on the 103 titles in a "fake bookshelf". Contributors included Karen Russell, Adam Thirlwell, Joe Meno, Robert Olen Butler, Jeffrey Brown, Clancy Martin and Deb Olin Unferth, Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown[disambiguation needed], Carey Mercer and Sydney Vermont, Jim Shepard, Sam Lipsyte, Heidi Julavits, Spencer Krug, Chris Bachelder, Jonathan Meiburg, Rick Moody, The Panda Band, No Kids, The Lucksmiths, Neil Gaiman, Dan Deacon, Thee More Shallows, Rock Plaza Central, Spiral Stairs, Frightened Rabbit, The Wrens, and The Capstan Shafts.
The fifth issue included fiction by Robert Shearman, Glen David Gold, Scarlett Thomas, Blake Butler and Justin Taylor, nonfiction by Tom Bissell and Michael Hearst, poetry by Tao Lin, comics by Mandy Ord, and illustrations by James Gurney and Renee French. Additionally, it included an audio recording of a "post-apocalyptic love story, told in eighty minutes of strict rhyming couplets" by Brisbane writer Thomas Benjamin Guerney, which Daniel Handler blurbed as "an epic of heartbreak and awesomeness".
The sixth issue featured stories, songs, comics, art, and limericks based on the 246 countries of the world. Contributors include Reif Larsen, Dylan Horrocks, Darren Hanlon, Douglas Coupland, Jincy Willett, Christine Schutt, Benjamin Kunkel, Seripop, Victor Kerlow, Christos Tsiolkas, Kevin Brockmeier, David Heatley, My Pal Foot Foot, Because of Ghosts, Bodies of Water, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Clue to Kalo, Aidan Moffat, The Cannanes, and Indian Jewelry. Additionally, it includes an unseen excerpt from David Foster Wallace's unfinished novel, The Pale King.
Blake Butler, Diane Williams, Diane Williams, Rob Shearman, Nick Modrzewski, Michaela McGuire, Phil Estes, Arthur S Halsey Jr, Bryce Wolfgang Joiner, Matt Bell, Bryan Whalen, Kate Cantrell, Tim McGuire, Ryan Call, Shane Jesse Christmass, Blake Kimzey, Jimmy Chen, Kate McIntyre, Dan Moreau, Brian Evenson, Dan Piepenbring, Frank Moorhouse, Johannes Jakob, Chris Somerville, Chris Currie, Dolan Morgan, AS Patric, Kim Chinquee, Leesa Wockner, Mike Meginnis, AE Reiff, Paul Murdock, Thuy Linh Nguyen, Zachary German, Krissy Kneen, Joel Van Noord, Gabe Durham, David Finig, Jensen Beach, Sam Pink, Matt Furie, Howell Golson, Alexi Keywan, Gabrielle Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Lisa Brown, Bernard Caleo, Eirian Chapman, Josh Cotter, Jo Dery, Phil Elverum, Michael P Fikaris, Lisa Hanawalt, John Hankiewicz, Sarah Howell, Lee May, Scot Nobles, Woodley Nye, Ron Rege Jr, Seripop, Mel Stringer, Jo Waite, Kirsten Reed, and C.F.
Jez Burrows, Eddie Campbell, Ben Constantine, Michael P Fikaris, Noel Freibert, Helen Garner, Howell Golson, Lisa Hanawalt, Michelle Law, Andrew Leland, Tao Lin, James Mcculloch, Lane Milburn, Nick Modrzewski, Liam Pieper, Alice Pung, Ron Rege Jr, Ronnie Scott, Asher Treleaven, Lorelei Vashti, Bryan Whalen, Leesa Wockner.
The issue was loosely themed around David Foster Wallace. Contributors included Cody Hoyt, Luke Ryan, Mark Chu, Sam Cooney, Chris Currie, Blake Butler, Alice Pung, Leesa Wockner, Patrick Clelland, Microbiology, Anna Barnes, Noel Freibert, Eddie Campbell, Ben Sea, Mandy Ord, Benjamin Marra, James Mcculloch, Spencer Krug, Chris Somerville at the Gold Coast Military Museum, Anna Krien, Jess McGuire, Megan Washington, Elizabeth MacFarlane, Ryan Boudinot, Brandon Hobson, Phil Estes, Matthew Dexter, Lane Milburn, Liberty Browne, and Emma Hewitt.
Contributors included: Natalya Hughes, Ben Sea, Ben Jenkins, Patrick Clelland, Anna Barnes, Leesa Wockner, Migration Support Program Casework, Alice Pung, Aaron Gilbreath, James Mcculloch [in action; recipe correction], Emma Hewitt, Frank Boyce, Ryan Shea, Patrick Hunt, Jack Madin, Elspeth Muir, Joe Aguilar, Spencer Krug, Eddie Campbell, Pat Grant, Mark Connery, Lisa Hanawalt, Mandy Ord, Noel Freibert, Blaise Larmee, John Safran, Vijay Khurana, Tom Doig, Jez Burrows, Michelle Law, Matthew Salesses, Lee May, Lane Milburn, Kids in Cloaks, Mike Meginnis, Sean T Collins, Louise Swinn.
Matthew Thurber, Tom Ballard, Andrew Leland, Betony Dircks, NEST Architects, Lane Milburn, Caro Cooper, Eric Yoshiaki Dando, Tom Cho, Sean Kilpatrick, Spencer Krug, Rebecca Giggs, Luise Toma, Alice Pung, Leesa Wockner, Investment Banking, Anna Barnes, Eddie Campbell, Mark Connery, Sarah Howell, Ben Sea, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Mandy Ord, Liam Pieper, Jez Burrows, Michelle Law, Natalie van den Dungen and Gareth Liddiard, Hip Hop Crossword, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Ruby Murray, Emmett Stinson, Anna Krien, Estelle Tang, Matt LeMay, CF.
"2011 Food Issue: From Hungry Jacks to Noma".
Lilli Carre, Sam Cooney, Anna Barnes, Ben Merriman, Alice Pung, Environmental Consultancy, Luise Toma, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Blaise Larmee, Ben Juers, Eddie Campbell, Mark Connery, Renee French, Mamasita’s Jason Jones, Liam Pieper, Jez Burrows, Michelle Law, Sophie Langley, Chad Parkhill, Romy Ash, Colin Trechter, Luke B. Goebel, Adam Moorad, Rajiv Thind, Roxane Gay, Ben Sea, Dash Shaw, Noel Freibert, Mandy Ord, Tom Cowie, Sam Martin, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Zoe Barron, Brothers with Excellent Grammar, Karolina Sulich, Thomas Benjamin Guerney, Michael DeForge, Michael P Fikaris, Dave Drayton, Corey Green, Bryan Whalen, Michaela McGuire, Pete Garrow, Lia Steele, Lorelei Vashti.
Mark Warren Jacques, Lou Sanz, Alice Pung, Rhianna Boyle, Patrick Clelland, Luise Toma, Ben Merriman, a Dominatrix, Vijay Khurana, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Lucas Smith, Sean Casey, Caren Beilin, Scott Pearse, Eddie Campbell, Ben Juers, Mark Connery, Renee French, Ben Sea, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Mandy Ord, Mark Dapin, Jenny Valentish, Ellena Savage, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Pip Smith, Michelle Law, Andre Dao, Matt LeMay, Sarah Laing, Zora Sanders, Ouyang Yu, Seripop, Max Blackmore, Nic Tammens, Roger Wilkie, Tim McGuire, Mara Coson, Stuart Glover, Amy Bergen, Benjamin Law, Jenny Law.
Jonny Negron, Sofija Stefanovic, Rhianna Boyle, Chad Parkhill, Anna Barnes, Greg Halford, Christine Priestly, Vijay Khurana, Ben Merriman, Luise Toma, Benjamin Law, James Mcculloch, Emma Hewitt, Avan Judd Stallard, Rory Kennett-Lister, Dolan Morgan, Ryan O’Neill, Andre Dao, Cassandra Atherton, Ellena Savage, Pip Smith, Roger Nelson, Michelle Law, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Ben Juers, Eddie Campbell, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Renee French, Ben Sea, Mark Connery, Harry Saddler, Aaron Billings, Ruth O’Leary, Matt Hyunh, Lim Sokchanlina, Ronnie Scott, Caro Cooper, Sam Twyford-Moore, Amaryllis Gacioppo, Nikki Lusk, Bethanie Blanchard, Aden Rolfe, Jo Case, Estelle Tang, Amanda D’Costa, Yoshua Wakeham, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, Justin Heazlewood, Julie Koh, Michaela McGuire, Liam Pieper, Lisa Dempster, Maddy Martinello, Angela Meyer, Lorelei Vashti, Fiona Wright, Luke Ryan, Ruby Murray, Sam Rodgers, Michael Green, Patrick Pittman, Chris Flynn, Madeleine Crofts, Sam Cooney, Rachel Baxendale, David Donaldson, Connor Tomas O’Brien, Patrick Kelly, Jessica Cove, Dan Hoffman, and Anna Krien.
The INTERLOPING issue.
Nic Low, Jenny Valentish, Aden Rolfe, Kelly Chandler, Sam Rodgers, Nick Marland, Laura Jean McKay, Peta Murphy, Gabe Durham, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Peter Polites, Christine Priestly, Rhianna Boyle, Chad Parkhill, Luise Toma, Nina Gibb, Giles Simon Fielke, Tim McGuire, Lauren Kate Stanley, Ben Merriman, Samuel Rutter, Carlos Labbé, James Mcculloch, David Donaldson, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, André Dao, Roger Nelson, Ellena Savage, Gillian Terzis, Michelle Law, Samantha Hogg, Patrick Lenton, Alexander Bennetts, Karma Chahine, Jennifer Mills, Benjamin Law, Jenny Law, Maree Reedman, Lily Mae Martin, Daniel Guerrero Fernández, David Brun, Ben Sea, Blaise Larmee, Noel Freibert, Tin Can Forest, Simon Hanselmann, Ben Juers, Bailey Sharp, Seb Ratcliffe, Emma Hewitt, Matt Bissett-Johnson, LK James, Kathryn Renowden, Sab Meynert, and Ushan Boyd.
This issue is themed "Perth: What Even Is It" and features contributors from Perth and/or writing about Perth: Lily Chan on the Perth artist-run initiative Paper Mountain, Martin McKenzie-Murray on the murder of Rebecca Ryle, and Josephine Rowe on the great Dorothy Hewett. Zoe Barron writes about a bike workshop/social program in Perth, Christine Priestly profiles a Rottnest Island guide, Sam Lieblich waxes lyrical about what he labels his ‘sichuan compromise’, and Sarah Gory delves into hers and her family’s history in Perth. Chad Parkhill just won’t stop writing about booze, and our regular Middlebrow writers also get in on the Perth theme: Roger Nelson focuses on the artist Pinaree Sanpitak, Ellena Savage looks at the books of Elizabeth Jolley, film columnist Rebecca Harkins-Cross analyses Red Dog and Wake in Fright, Gillian Terzis tackles Gina Rinehart, Andre Dao finds Perth’s avant-garde music scene, and Michelle Law travels to Perth to become a star. There’s fiction by Elizabeth Tan and Sam Rivers, letters from Luke Ryan, James Quinton and Amber Fresh, recommendations by Andrew Murray, Dom Amarena and Clare Davidson, and Ben and Jenny Law answer sex questions from Perth readers. Featured also is photography from Jackson Eaton and Traianos Pakioufakis, plus we have Perth-themed artwork from Emma Hewitt, Jessica Horrocks, Jessyca Hutchens, Tristan Fidler, Leonie Brialey, Sean Morris, Andrei Buters, Ben Juers and Bailey Sharp. And the intro comment comes from the amazing guest-editor for this issue, ex-pat Perthite Patrick Pittman.
April 2013 — The Music Issue
This issue is themed "Music" and features musicians writing and writers writing about music. Also includes heaps of mixtapes and demos.
What's in it: Matt Hickey chronicles the story of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s cultish album Dreamin’ Wild in a wide-ranging 10,000 word essay, Frederick Barthelme revisits his experience as a founding member of psychedelic experimental group Red Krayola, Max Easton examines the current Sydney DIY music scene and explores what this means for the city’s cultural ambitions, Tom Doig recounts his musical experience of Mongolia, Luise Toma reveals that she could’ve been Germany’s next big pop icon, Jon Tjhia critically examines the trade of music criticism with interviews from heaps of experts, Giles Fielke performs a vivisection on the modern music festival, Ian Rogers digs into The Smashing Pumpkins and why Billy Corgan is obsessed with pro-wrestling (he’s started up his own wrestling company!), and newly knighted Australian National Live Music Coordinator Dr Ianto Ware surveys the health of the music scene in his hometown Adelaide.
There’s fiction by Elizabeth Gaffney, Kent MacCarter, Joe Ponepinto and magical Australian musician Darren Hanlon. We have Australian songstress Angie Hart writing meticulously about her writer’s block, Adolfo Aranjuez has translated a story by Filipino literary luminary Lualhati Bautista, and as always Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny answer your sex questions.
The columns for this issue are also ridiculously excellent: Christine Priestly’s exceptional Work column probes the life of a gastroenterologist, Rhianna Boyle investigates the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon for her Nature column, Briohny Doyle uses Lana Del Rey in her discussion of users and abusers of history in her new Popapocalypse column, Charlotte Callander remembers Wheel of Fortune’s Adriana Xenides and finds out just why a Melbourne band is writing a rock opera about her, Chad Parkhill’s Booze column narrows in on Fernet-Branca, Clementine Bastow unveils her undying love for the music used in the films of Robert Zemeckis, and Zoe Barron goes bike riding in Fremantle pulling a stage and speakers behind her.
World-renowned music critic Chad Parkhill has guest-edited the Middlebrow section: it includes a profile of Aldous Kelly of the Stickmen, and also a feature on eminent band The The by Adam Curley. The Middlebrow regulars also kill it as per usual, with Ellena Savage kind-of-savaging the idea that creative writing can be taught, Gillian Terzis picking apart the economics of digital streaming, Roger Nelson exploring the links between visual art and music in Southeast Asia, Andre Dao pondering what noise even is, Rebecca Harkins-Cross gazing at the film Dogs in Space and its place in musical history, Elliott Logan considers how music works on television programs, Matthew Clayfield uses the theatre (and the music therein) of Simon Stone to wonder what being a theatre critic really means. To are musical recommendations from Elmo Keep, A. H. Cayley, Brady Clarke, Caitlin Welsh, Nikki Lusk, Simon Topper, Daniel Young, and Alex Bennetts.
The comics and artwork for this issue are revolutionarily good: there’s full-page work from Ben Sea, Simon Hanselmann, Blaise Larmee, Ben Juers, Matt Huynh (with Jolie Holland!), Thomas Toye, Leonie Brialey, Sam Wallman, Lunch With Friends, Tahlia Palmer, Tin Can Forest, Jacob Ciocci, Peter Glantz, Becky Stark, as well as illustrations by Amandine Thomas, Matt Bissett-Johnson, Mark Chu, and Alex Mustakov. There’s a photo essay from Fallopian Tunes, there are incidental artworks by Bren Luke, there are stark and sharp Middlebrow illustrations by Korrin Stoney. And Glenn Manders has given us just the best cover artwork.
This million-page edition is masterfully put together by our gifted designer Jordan Dolheguy of Totem Visual — a man who works miracles without even any help from some lazy big guy in the clouds.
As part of the Music Issue, available for Brow readers are downloadable music bundles from four Australian independent labels: Bedroom Suck Records, New Weird Australia, Fallopian Tunes, and Special Award Records. And as a special once-off listening party extravaganza, we’ve asked thirty-odd writers to put together music mixtapes, which can be streamed online. These mixtape-makers are: David Shields, Anna Krien, Catherine Lacey, Hannah Kent, Blake Butler, Monica Dux, Astrid Lorange, Tao Lin, Eli Horowitz, Steven Amsterdam, Tom Cho, Ianto Ware, A.H. Cayley, Sam Twyford-Moore, Shaun Prescott, Pip Smith, Estelle Tang, Emmett Stinson, Clem Bastow, Lawrence Leung, Giles Fielke, Melanie Joosten, Alice Gage, Courtney Collins, Sean Whelan, Edwina Preston, Ainslee Meredith, and Chris Womersley.
Contents: Estelle Tang fucking loves Bejeweled, Christine Priestly has interviewed a ballet dancer, Briohny Doyle looks for Loretta Lynn, and Rhianna Boyle digs into the weird practices of official scientific naming. Chad Parkhill drinks no booze for his booze column, Nina Gibb ponders whether artistic stealing is a-okay, Paul Dalla Rosa undresses the Superman myth, and Luise Toma remembers a particular hitchhiker. The Middlebrow arts lift-out once again boom-shackalacka-booms: Roger Nelson examines the Guggenheim’s No Country project, Ellena Savage discusses books and personal ethics, Stephanie Van Schilt asks if Baz Luhrmann is Australian enough and if that even matters, Sanjay Fernandes visits The Wired Lab, Michelle Law literally asks whether we should revisit our favourite TV shows from childhood, Matthew Clayfield wonders who owes whom in the world of Australian theatre, and Lucas Smith. There’s tricky fiction from Ryan O’Neill, Chris Vaughan and Ben Walter, and James Brown and Pip Smith throw their poems right at your face. There’s also writing from Bronte Coates, Bryan Whalen, Helen Addison-Smith, Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang. Comics in this issue are by Simon Hanselmann, HTMLflowers, Katie Parrish, Noel Freibert, Leonie Brialey, Ben Juers, Lashna Tuschewski and David C Mahler. The recent work of painter Total Bore (Bligh Twyford-Moore) is yours in poster format, and various illustrations and artworks include those by Alex Mustakov, Jason Murphy, Colin Panetta, Brad Amorosino, Eadie Newman, Evie Cahir and Liberty Browne.
The Melbourne Writers Festival issue.
Issue 19 of The Lifted Brow is our Melbourne Writers Festival 2013 issue. Made in ten days, on-site at the festival, with every contribution somehow related to the festival: the issue is generally just a big pile of silly and stress. But a glorious pile! The issue! It’s gorgeous! So festive! So everything! So brimming with talent: Briohny Doyle analyses the girl everyone is always talking about a lot/perhaps too much, Tavi; Jessie Borrelle gives Ophira Eisenberg 20 bucks and changes her life; Lorelei Vashti takes Laurent Binet to Melbourne’s ‘Laurent’ café; and Brendan Maclean interviews and then reviews his interviews with music reviewers Chris Ruen and Andrew Mueller. Our regular columnists do their thing: Rhianna Boyle talks dirty about bacterial filth; Arnold Zable tells Christine Priestly about his work; and Chad Parkhill broods on ‘drinking culture’. Alice Pung remembers her time in China; while Twitter’s Petar Carey brings his game. Lally Katz gets the Dion Kagan treatment; and Sam West kindly escorts in the lols with ‘The Not-London Review of Brook(e)s’.
TLB19 is also full of new and innovative fiction: Margo Lanagan spins some storytelling magic; we have a translated story from Andrés Neuman; Sam Rutter makes fiction using Neuman as inspiration; Andre Dao does a big Boris Johnson; and Laura Jean McKay jumbles and jaunts with Junot Diaz.
We have some heavy-hitters, too: Giles Fielke ruminates on the NGV’s painting of Lucrezia Borgia; Maddy Martiniello tackles Jacqueline Rose; and Nina Gibbs wanders around the Melbourne of local cult novels. We’ve also got Tully Hansen covering the colossal MWF Dragon Walk and some really amazing ‘Tiny Ideas’ – the unofficial counterpart to MWF’s ‘Big Ideas’.
Meanwhile, our regular Middlebrow section is betterer than ever: Michelle Law talks about the talkative Gilmore Girls; Rebecca Harkins-Cross takes on Tim Winton; and Chris Somerville can’t interview the author he wanted to. The MWF/Middlebrow conversations continue, with Gillian Terzis hanging with Jeremy Harding, Ellena Savage tracking down Junot Diaz, Michelle Law taking tea with Margot Lanagan, and Leona Hameed chatting with Annie Zaidi. Ali Alizadeh, Heiko Julien, Oliver Mol and Sofija Stefanovic get their recommendations on; a bunch of brilliant brains tell us what they really think about writers festivals; and Matthew Clayfield has so many new things to say about bullfighting and theatre.
We made this issue on-site at a bar in Federation Square, so it’s fitting we’re including a dozen rejected Fed Square designs from the 1970s. Our usual crazy array of artwork and comics from TLB favourite visualists are included—Katie Parrish, Leonie Brialey, Jo Waite, David C. Mahler, Michael Hawkins, Lashna Tuschewski, Marc Person and more—and most were created in a drawing party that included bowls of hot chips and gin mixed with peach juice.
TLB19 also has nutty/sexy/cool guest spreads from local publications Crazy In Love, Stilts and Filmme Fatales. And of course, get ready to drop-trousers and be taken to school with Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny as they talk sex.
TLB20: the sixth issue and last issue of 2013, and one of our best ever. Enclosed inside Katie Parrish’s exquisite double cover artwork you will find: a journey by Gillian Terzis to Porcfest 2013; a look at gay rugby by gay rugby player Simon Copland; camping on a London rooftop with Matthew De Abaitua; Jacob Edwards picking apart the chess game in Blade Runner, Madeleine Watts looking at the history of women’s underwear; Anthony Morris dissecting Paul Gallasch’s film Killing Anna; Luise Toma telling a story about a sailor; Phil Estes about being an American who grew up in the United States; and Zoe Barron getting out of Perth for a while.
There’s fiction from Luke Carman, Mark Chu, Emily O’Grady and Sarah Kanake. Sam Twyford-Moore interviews sound artist Tom Grant; we take a look back at the Twitter career of Petar Carey; and Vanessa Berry coaxes us along on a journey to a Magic Kingdom (as well as drawing us a map of all of Sydney’s theme parks). Gemma O’Brien’s ongoing Spew Bag Challenge project is featured; Matt Banham recounts his memory of the time he visited a proctologist; and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny give out more sound sex advice.
Christine Priestly continues her series on unusual jobs, this time profiling public artist Sayraphim Lothian. Briohny Doyle’s Popapocalypse column is witchy, Rhianna Boyle Nature column is about introduced animal species, Chad Parkhill discusses the merits of Kir in his Booze column, and Nina Gibb looks at the psychology of magic.
Middlebrow: just when you thought our regular contributors to our Middlebrow lift-out arts section couldn’t get any exceptionaler, they go and do. Rebecca Harkins-Cross looks at the films of Ivan Sen, Ellena Savage lols a lil bit at the strangeness of writers festivals, Andre Dao ruminates on boringness in sound, Stephanie Van Schilt gazes at Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, Matthew Clayfield spotlights on Toby Schmitz, and Sofija Stefanovic hangs out with a woman who makes lifelike infant dolls. And this issue introduces a new video games column from Shaun Prescott! Plus there are superb recommendations from Dion Kagan, Patrick Lenton and Liam Pieper.
Colourifying and boosting the issue are comics from Sam Wallman, Michael Litven, Noel Freibert, Ines Estrada and Nicky Minus, and artwork from Marijka Gooding, Angelo Giunta, Mitch Gee, Bonnie Eichelberger, Chris Somerville, and Sara Drake.