Think of it as my version of the Walkleys. Or maybe the Logies.
Favourite magazine: CLEO. Yes, I know it won’t be a popular pick (and I know I’m biased because I, uh, write for them - although I only write for publications I like), but ever since Sarah Oakes took over as editor earlier this year, I’ve looked forward to it each month for my dose of fun, girly fluff. The articles are a little smarter, the writing is a lot sharper, and it covers pop culture phenomena and trends I don’t always already know about (no small feat, given the amount of time I spend on the internet).
Favourite single magazine issue: The New Yorker: The Style Issue (March 10, 2008). Oh, what heavens were inside this gem! There was the amazing short story Raj, Bohemian, a profile of Michelle Obama, and a review of the Gossip Girl novels. It was thought provoking, uplifting (simply because it was So. Damn. Good) and inspiring to anyone who aspires to create great writing.
Runners up: Vogue Australia (July 2008). A beautiful cover, an article on ageing with an original spin, an article on the “man drought” that didn’t make me want to throw up, and some amazing fashion spreads. Tatler (March 2008). Amazing fashion spreads and endlessly amusing articles.
Favourite articles: The aforementioned Raj, Bohemian, by Hari Kunzru (published in The New Yorker). They’re young, they’re hip, they throw wicked parties, but there’s something kind of fishy about them.
The also aforementioned What Watershed?, by Antonella Gambotto-Burke (published in Vogue Australia). Well written and insightful, it questions our associations with ageing through the lens of the author’s 40th birthday. The kind of gem you don’t often see in a women’s mag.
The Not Rape Epidemic, by Latoya Peterson (published in Yes Means Yes). As I wrote yesterday: “it’s about gender, power and the process teenage girls go through trying to negotiate a world in which sex isn’t always about love, affection or attraction (even when, technically, it’s “not rape”)”.
Coming Down From the Summit, by Ben Pobjie (published on newmatilda.com). Working at newmatilda.com, we published a lot of content about Kevin Rudd’s 2020 summit in April this year. Ben’s “sexy” take on it was stand-out hilarious, though, and (dare I say it?) hit the nail on the head.
Favourite blogs: Jezebel. Hardly an original choice, but Jezebel is made for People Like Me. It’s funny, it’s insightful, it’s up to the minute, and it’s an essential daily read for someone following my beats.
Gala Darling. Lifecaster/fashionista/genuine self-helper, Gala Darling is courageous, entertaining and thoroughly inspirational.
Favourite TV news documentary: On The Piss, Four Corners. A cold look at binge drinking in Australia.
Favourite fiction book: All The Sad Young Literary Men, by Keith Gessen. As the friend I recently lent it to said, “Yes, they are like us [Rachel‘s note: ie, wankers!], but their lives all seem a little melodramatic given how little any of them actually achieve.”
The Pin Striped Prison, by Lisa Pryor. About how smart young people end up in jobs they hate (ie as lawyers, investment bankers, management consultants). Convinced yet another lawyer friend to buy it today.
Favourite event: Even Books. Set up by girls I went to high school with, this event brings your favourite books to life in a super-fun and creative party atmosphere.
And tomorrow: The Year in Tumblr.