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An Extract from Rock Country edited by Chris Ryan

by Helen Carter

Rock Country is romp through the story of Australian rock and pop told by those that lived it, performed it, and adored it. Here’s we share one of the essays from the book - Helen Carter’s ‘Bon Scott: A Smell Like Pheromones’.

It was a dark and potentially stormy night as I waited at the bus stop on the palm-treed traffic island at the corner of Denham and Fletcher streets in South Bondi – dar…

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Stefano Manfredi on Italian Food

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon chats with Stefano Manfredi about his new cookbook Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food.

Stefano, I reckon this book is one of the most comprehensive collections of Italian dishes, suited for Australian produce that I’ve come across. How long did it take you to pull together - and why did you feel a need to create such an ode to Italian food?

It took two solid years to write but in ef…

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Diana Vreeland Memos

by Margaret Snowdon

Diana Vreeland was editor in chief at Vogue for 9 years from 1962 to 1971. Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is the legendary editor in her own words, providing a fascinating insight into her sense of style, fun, creativity and pizazz. The book is arranged under nine chapter headings, organising the memos in a thematic fashion – which is handy if you’re looking for style tips relating to beha…

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Launch of Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600

Last week we launched a beautiful new book from Margaret M. Manion and Charles Zika - Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection. Here we share Barry Jones' launch speech.

I was delighted to have been asked to launch this important book, and should explain why I think that the invitation came. First, I am a profound admirer of Margaret Manion. …

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Merlinda Bobis wins the MUBA for 2013

The Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ (MUBA) has been awarded to Merlinda Bobis for her novel, Fish-Hair Woman, published through Spinifex Press - a beautifully haunting tale of magic and storytelling which explores the civil and political conflict of the Philippines in the 1970’s to 1990’s.

With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella, the Fish-hair Woman, trawls corpses from the water…

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Vale Doris Lessing

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has passed away at the age of 94.

Born in Iran and brought up in the African bush in Zimbabwe, Lessing had lived in London for more than 50 years and was the author of more than fifty novels - much-loved for her ‘no-nonsense’ attitude. (You can watch her hilariously underwhelming reaction to becoming the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize at age 88 here.)

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The Brow Editors share their favourites stories

We invited the editors of The Lifted Brow to share their favourite pieces from their new anthology, The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume 1, and as a reward, we got to publish the word dudeburger on our blog. Twice.

Founding and Art Editor Ronnie Scott recommends Everything.

Part of the fun in editing “The-Lifted-Brow-as-magazine” is that we did all kinds of things which could have never been a…

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What We’re Reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Fiona is reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I’m about halfway through Patchett’s book of essays at the moment, and this reminds me why she’s one of the few authors whose new works I will seek out immediately upon publ…

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Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 winners announced

Brett Dean received the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2013, while Stephen Magnusson was awarded the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award 2013 and Kate Kelsey-Sugg the $13,000 Development Award 2013.

The judges wrote:

The diversity of the 2103 finalists is testimony to the abundant music talent and spectrum of genres we have in Victoria. The three recipients inform a diversity and richness of

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