Loot from Readings, Carlton

Suzie Eisfelder
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I recently visited Readings in Carlton with some friends. It’s always more exciting going to bookshops with friends. They point out the things that excite them, I find more things that excite me and we get photos. Well, I get photos and then get to be excited about the experience on my blog. Makes me feel normal.

Anyway, I finally took a photo of the loot I got that night. You’ll see The Big Issue which I bought outside from a man. It was not an underhand arrangement even though I tried to make it feel like that. I love The Big Issue as the seller receives half the cover price. They’re people who are down on their luck and this helps to give them a little bit. Having read this copy I intend to pass it onto friends. The cover story was fascinating. The writer, Anastasia Safioleas, did a bit of fan girling before providing some good writing.

I also read the Readings Monthly newspaper from cover to cover except for the music bits. It’s nicely put together and I’m in awe of the staff. They’re normal staff members from the Readings shops but some of them read the books and then write reviews. One book caught my eye and I’ll be keeping an eye out for it. Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone about a young Melbourne author who is transgender, this is their story. Looks fabulous and interesting.

And finally, The Lifted Brow. They describe themselves as a “quarterly attack journal from Australia and the world”. I’m not sure what an “attack journal” is but I’m sure I’ll find out in due course when I read it.

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