I enjoy reading tweets by my colleague Meredith Forrester; you can find them at @mdforrester. The sum of what Meredith knows about English grammar, punctuation, style and usage barely fits inside an encyclopædia of English grammar, punctuation, style and usage. She’s been straight-up giving President Donald Trump the business on Twitter. Not with hot-takery and inchoate outrage (see: the rest of my feed). Instead, she uses the power of grammar to copyedit the most powerful man in the world down to size. I took some time away from my important work (pretending to work while looking up exotic skin disorders on Wikipedia) to talk to her about it.
Kane: Okay. Want to do this interview? Let’s do it on Slack.
Okay. INTERVIEW TIME. FIRST QUESTION.
At what point did you realise you liked Donald Trump enough to help him improve his written English?
I didn’t. Wrong. I do not like Donald Trump.
Oh. Sorry. It seems like a lot of the work you do is to help people and improve the way they communicate. How is this different?
Well, I can’t argue with that. He does need help with his communication skills, as Mr ‘C or C-plus’ himself admits. I suppose the big difference between this project and my other work is that he’s the most horrible person. I wanted to #resist and I thought that tweeting his grammatical blunders back at him would be enjoyable. Perhaps he will learn something; perhaps his eggs will. I’m under no illusion that he’ll suddenly master the art of properly joined sentences.
Okay but ‘however’ isn’t a strong-enough conjunction to join your clauses without the help of at least a semicolon https://t.co/l9QlXevpWZ
— Meredith Forrester (@mdforrester) November 29, 2016
Wait a minute. Let’s circle back. What exactly is it you’re doing?
I’ve been quoting Trump’s grammatically iffy tweets and offering him suggested fixes in 140 characters. My zine comprises screenshots of most of those tweets alongside longer explanations that are limited by the page grid. It’s not exhaustive and I’m not a pedant; I want to explain his grammatical issues in a way that anyone, even the president of the United States, can understand.
If you went back-of-the-envelope, what percentage of his toots incorporate a serious grammatical error?
Interestingly, it’s not as many as you might think. He has a lot of minor punctuation and style errors (I assume because he’s tweeting on the fly, and I hate calling them ‘minor’ because punctuation is important and style consistency is everything), but his major grammatical issues aren’t as bad on Twitter as they are when he spews word salad out of his mouth. I suppose the short character length suits his short train of thought. Sticking to one thought in a tweet is easier than sticking to one thought in a speech—apparently. Percentage-wise, for seriously broken construction, not counting seriously painful punctuation mistakes, I’m going to say 25 to 30.
What’s been his biggest groaner since you started doing this?
‘SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!’ That’s a comma splice. What a riot.
Okay but that’s a comma splice https://t.co/QIq1rzijKu
— Meredith Forrester (@mdforrester) February 10, 2017
I pore over Donald Trump’s Twitter in a way that will—most likely—end up inflicting me mental harm. While observing his feed, I’ve noticed that he’s used textual dashes in lieu of hyphens in a few toots.
You’re right: sometimes he’ll type three hyphens as a textual dash, and sometimes he’ll use an unspaced em dash. We know that his tweets are sent from different phones (or were in the campaign days), and it’s been interesting to note which tweets use which mark. I’ve concluded that the pre-written tweets—from either his fingers or aides’—are the em-dash ones, and the inconsistent mess of hyphens is his own fault. Speaking of noticing patterns, he always tweets ahead of a cable-news interview, and he’ll always finish those announcements with ‘Enjoy!’.
I’ve noticed that as well and it always makes my toes curl. It’s as if he thinks his gift of an interview is an act of enormous largesse. Gross.
It is gross. He’s a gross man.
What is the most nightmarish scenario you can imagine Donny generating via a Twitter goof?
Well, we already know that his past words and tweets, and those of others, are being or will be used against his administration in court cases. It’s hard to imagine a nightmarish situation because it’s easy to imagine a nightmarish situation, if that makes sense. He’s woefully unqualified, undiplomatic and self-absorbed, and he doesn’t care about his responsibility or the actions and reactions he incites. I don’t want to get too political. This would be a great question for the first lady; I’ll stick to suggesting he reconsider his use of the passive voice.
The passive voice is not enjoyed by you?
If employed in an appropriate context, it can provide an elegant solution. Otherwise, let’s rewrite.
Okay but this is a dangling modifier because you’ve inadvertently made ‘it’ the thing that did the winning, but you really mean *you* did it https://t.co/yOCtKdXhUq
— Meredith Forrester (@mdforrester) March 6, 2017
Although I don’t enjoy you chiding the hero who will make America great again, I concede that roasting people using their own words is pretty funny. And, in this case, it’s educational to boot. You know what? I’d probably buy a zine full of such stuffs. Will I ever be able to do such a thing? And if so, how?
Yes, Pork Chop! I thought that was what we were talking about: the zine I’m making that’s full of such funny and educational stuffs. You’ll be able to buy it from our stall at the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017, which runs from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March. After that, if I print and collate and staple enough copies, you’ll likely be able to find it on the internet, either in The Good Copy’s online shop or on its own site, if I make one.
That sounds great. Readers, please note that all proceeds will be donated to Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign fund. MAGA!
Okay But will make its debut at the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, 17–19 March 2017. Come and find our stall!
If you’d prefer to do your MIFF trailer watching in the company of other trailer watchers while competing in a trailer-based trivia competition, Trailers Blazers might be your thing. We first hosted this salubrious event in our shop on Johnston Street a few years ago, but now it’s an official part of the MIFF Talks program. Follow your dreams. The evening will be hosted by Brodie ‘Margaret’ Lancaster and Kane ‘David’ Daniel of The Good Copy with special MIFF guests. It’s happening at The Wheeler Centre. Click here to book free tickets.
Books. How do you write them? Our beloved colleague Brodie has just finished writing one. It’s called No Way! Okay, Fine. Buy your signed copy from our shop immediately.
Now, the thing about Brodie is she gets things done. She’s always makin’ lists on a Kikki.K list notepad, tickin’ things off, buying a new Kikki.K list notepad. She puts us to shame. But she’s not one of those writers who pretends everything is a walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
I spilt coffee all over my MacBook. It was the second time I’d done it, but this time was worse. I acted quickly, flipping the keyboard upside down above my head. After the last drip fell, I saw to drying it out. I laid the computer keyboard-down on a face washer atop a milk crate. Inside the milk crate I positioned my housemate’s hair dryer so it would shoot warm air upwards. ‘Genius,’ I congratulated myself, certain my MacBook was soon to be working again.
The most popular article on our website is still Max’s story about our staff dinner at Jim’s Greek Tavern—a fine establishment and a reassuring fixture in the lives of all Johnston Street passersby. As Max said, ‘It’s been sitting there the whole time we’ve had our shop, wafting its sweet chargrilled aroma our way, an aroma refreshingly free of the hoity-toity airs of all the jazzed-up foodie joints around the area.’ We’ve got a photo of Jim’s on the cover of the new Good Copy Gazette (issue 4 out now!), so Dan and I went over the road to interview Jim himself, whose name is actually Leo.
I enjoy reading tweets by my colleague Meredith Forrester; you can find them at @mdforrester. The sum of what Meredith knows about English grammar, punctuation, style and usage barely fits inside an encyclopædia of English grammar, punctuation, style and usage. She’s been straight-up giving President Donald Trump the business on Twitter.
You may not be aware, but we co-present the Independent Photography Festival (IPF) every year. It makes just about zero sense because we’re writers. We don’t know an aperture from an aperitif—but we can really help out when it comes to captions. What’s a photo without some explanatory text? Potentially ambiguous. For the 2016 festival, IPF teamed up with Perimeter Books for another instalment of the IPF Photobook and Zine Fair in our warehouse downstairs. Brodie took pictures and captioned them so you can all understand what the photos are depicting. Thanks, BL.
In April last year, Mary Norris—New Yorker query proofreader and star of the mag’s Comma Queen video series—tweeted that she was ‘going to like Australia’. Meredith immediately started typing out all the questions she was going to ask her when Mary got here, whenever that was going to be. She simultaneously started working herself up into a tizz. Read more.
Tait Ischia is a copywriter and a friend of ours who’s about to release his own instructional book on copywriting, and it even has a pun title! Copywrong to Copywriter looks and sounds amazing, but because it doesn’t exist yet, and because we always like to go to the source, we asked Tait a few questions about it.
The NGV hosted the Melbourne Art Book Fair again and we were right there in the thick of it. As well as having a stall, we had a workshop/talk about apostrophes called Greatest ’its. We really enjoyed ourselves at the fair, and it was a very productive time. Read on.
We wrote some grammar tips for The Guardian to help spruik our workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair. Well … it seemed to go down well. Holy smokes! Have a look at those comments, will you?
If there’s one thing Penny likes, it’s writing about art. She loves it! She wrote this glossary of art terms for Nite Art meets Portable Gallery in 2014, but we’re bringing it back, because it rules. Here’s a taste:
A way of referring to an art opening when you want people to be confused about whether or not they’re invited.
The Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016 program has launched and it’s a doozy! Amid all the famous and wonderful things going on will be The Good Copy’s stall of amusing wares. Also, Penny and Max will be hosting a free apostrophe workshop: Greatest ’its. See you 29 April – 1 May at the National Gallery of Victoria.
It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we were announcing the launch of the sixth issue of Filmme Fatales (it was actually way back in August so fucking relax, okay) and now we’ve got a brand new issue to dive into. Call her Brodie ‘No Breaks’ Lancaster, all right! The theme for FF 7 is ‘Space’, which covers films of the sci-fi variety and also issues of physical and metaphorical space. I’m a bit scared of outer space as a concept, particularly free-form floating in an endless expanse of darkness with only my thoughts to keep me company, but don’t be put off by my over-active imagination and abandonment complex—this issue is fun!
While our new upstairs office is in full swing, complete with meeting rooms, coffee stations and off-the-charts upload speeds, the downstairs shop area is used for occasional meetings, the odd photo shoot and, of course, the storage of random crap. Though the amount of said crap has diminished dramatically since we moved in, there are still a few items down there that need to find new homes. Though we’re too lazy/stupid to sell them on eBay, consider the following items up for grabs if you want a piece of history and have relevant ID.
We’ve been planning to have a staff dinner at Jim’s Greek Tavern ever since we moved in over the other side of Johnston Street. It’s been sitting there the whole time we’ve had our shop, wafting its sweet char-grilled aroma our way, an aroma refreshingly free of the hoighty-toighty airs of all the jazzed-up foodie joints around the area. So, on the day before we actually moved out of the shop, and the day before Jim’s Greek Tavern was to be auctioned off, we had a staff dinner over there and it was glorious. Read on.
Our favourite Australian skateboard company ever, Pass~Port, somehow fandangled the ultimate collaboration with our favourite Australian photographer ever: Rennie Ellis. A selection of images from Ellis’s archive is featured on a new range of boards and t-shirts, and it really is something to behold. To launch the range, as well as a couple of new books of Ellis’s work, Decade and Decadent, we hosted a shindig in our new warehouse space, with projected images and lashings of Budweiser. It was glorious.
I’ve never liked watching sport. I think this has something to do with the fact that it never includes jokes or kissing, things I’ve found quite essential to my television viewing. However, it turns out that reading about sport is a different matter altogether, because good writing makes you care about stuff that you don’t ordinarily care about. Enthusiasm is contagious! That’s why I really liked reading Good Sport.
At time of publication, we’re in the middle of this year’s Independent Photography Festival, aka IPF 2015. It’s a crazy week or so of photography exhibitions, book launches, film screenings and panel discussions, held at various venues around town. As partners of the festival, we’re up to our necks in it at this point, but thanks to the efforts of Joe, Brodie, Penny and all the volunteers, it’s going very smoothly. Here are some photos of the fest so far, mainly taken by Brodie but a few are by me.
Robyn Holt is amazing. A quick rundown: She lived in Russia for 10 years and launched a bunch of magazines for the worldwide media juggernaut Condé Nast, including Vogue Russia, which became the top magazine in the country. She was editor-in-chief for Vogue Living Australia, and helped start the global media brand Monocle, of which she became the CEO. She wrote a children’s book, she’s on the board for all kinds of impressive things and she’s a prolific business management guru at Megan Morton’s The School in Sydney. It was in this latter guise that we met, when she spent a day at The Good Copy holding a hype-up session for small businesses. Robyn was great—so funny and sure of herself. Recently, she was nice enough to talk to me on the phone for a while.
Last week, Rookie Yearbook Four was released. As well as being one of the shop’s biggest sellers ever, the Rookie Yearbooks are things I sometimes have some words in! To celebrate the release of the final Yearbook (it’s senior year! School’s out! Lockers! Football! IDK how American high schools work) I got together with my fellow Australian Rookie contributors, Minna Gilligan and Ruby Aitken, to host an unofficial reader meet-up in the shop over the weekend.
Hilarious and strangely touching all at once, Snapchat: ABCnews is a selection of screen grabs from Matt’s Snapchat feed, which is populated by a vast cross-section of folk who added him because of his username: ABCnews. I got Sinead to ask him some questions about it, because I had better things to do.
Do you love crosswords? Do you love coffee? Do you love doing crosswords competitively while drinking coffee? Penny Modra sure does. That’s why she’s starting a crossword club at The Good Copy. Modra is a five-letter word for FUN. Okay, I admit it, it’s me in the third person! Please feel free to join my occasional crossword club. It costs zero dollars and it starts this Saturday. Newspapers and coffee provided. Don’t worry, they won’t all be Saturday newspapers; I’ve been collecting the weekday ones.
Megan Morton’s The School is presenting a Small Business Makeover Class at The Good Copy on Saturday 10 October, presented by Monocle Magazine founder and former Conde Nast CEO Robyn Holt. As Megan and The School team say, “We think there is no better person to get to the grass roots and teach her invaluable insights to new start-ups.” Agreed! Follow the link to buy tickets over at The School website.
We’re moving. I know, we’re all moving. Planes flying above our heads, feet striding into ponds of muck, the lusty stirrings of a million mid-morning erections and vulval plumpings. Down to the electromagnetic orbits of sub-elemental units we pretend to understand, we’re all moving all the time. It’s exhausting.
Push Periodical is a new skate-focused publication put together by UK-born, SF-based photographer Richard Hart. There are quite a few skate magazines out there and this is one of the good ones; I’ll tell you why I like it.
One of our students wrote a review of our school! And, since he says lots of nice things, we agreed to publish his piece on our site. Thanks Alvin.
VOLUME 2015 | Another Art Book Fair was held at Artspace Sydney over the weekend of 11–13 September. We weren’t going to go, but then the date grew near and we were like, ‘We have to go!’ so we asked and luckily they had a spare table. We feverishly published a couple of zines, gathered up some of our wares and hit the road to Tullamarine airport in a taxi.
I still don’t know how to get blood out of leather. It’s dried onto the tongue of my boots and the front of my jacket, which I haven’t taken to the dry cleaners yet, either. I’d feel bad for them having to scrape months-old erythrocytes off it. I find this one of the cruellest reminders of my accident. I had my jaw wired together for six weeks, and I have to be a responsible adult and take my shit to the dry cleaners, too?
“Brodie Lancaster’s opening letter to her brilliant feminist film zine Filmme Fatales is a reminder of the undimmed psychological power of print.”
Amen to that. MagCulture says Filmme Fatales is ‘mag of the week’—and so do we! Thanks to Jeremy Leslie and Madeleine Morley for this great review of issue #6. Everyone else: come and visit us in the shop to get your copy before they all go to the Johnston Street post office.
I discovered Little White Lies about five years ago, when I did a magazine exchange with a girl in England. I sent her some back issues of frankie that I’d long ago destroyed by cutting out pictures to cover my high school exercise books, and she sent me the Tetro issue of Little White Lies. I can’t help but think she got the rough end of the stick, because LWL instantly became my favourite magazine and the standard against which I’d measure every film publication. (Including, eventually, my own.)
Brodie Lancaster’s Filmme Fatales zine is up to issue six and it’s the best issue yet, in our book. And it is our book, sort of, because we published it. But it’s a zine, and it’s Brodie’s. Anyway, it’s a great thing and we were very proud to hold the launch party in our little shop.
Marc Pearson walked into our shop a while back and asked if he could leave some flyers to the launch party for his new comic. ‘Who is this joker?’ I thought to myself, and demanded he show me this alleged comic. Then he pulled a copy out of his backpack and I changed my tune, smartish. Advicecomics (for that is the title of the comic in question) is further evidence of a whole world of clever, funny, weird comics that I have no idea about, but are right up my alley. I asked Marc a few questions via email and he replied.
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) puts on a big quiz every year. It’s so big they call it a Mega Quiz, and this year The Good Copy were invited to come along. It turns out that some of our band of ne’er-do-wells are absolute quiz fanatics, so this was a big deal for them. ‘I’ll come along, I suppose,’ I said, ‘but only if there’s a bar.’ Kane looked at me in disbelief. ‘Of course there’s a bar,’ he said. ‘Why wouldn’t there be a bar?’ It seemed I might end up being a quiz guy after all.
Brodie Lancaster works at The Good Copy and she’s also the editor of Filmme Fatales. She’s launching the sixth issue of Filmme Fatales at The Good Copy on Friday 14 August, and it’s available for pre-order right now. It seemed like the right time to interview her about what the hell she’s been doing for the last few months.
Thanks to Bec Capp for these ace photos from the also-ace FFF (Food for Fashion) zine launch on Thursday 16 July. It was a good one, complete with lashings of wine, beer and Pidapipo gelato. Don’t believe me? Read on.
Tom Rennie is a damn nice guy, and popular to boot. He’s also made a great book called Riding Round and Getting It, which he launched in our shop last Thursday. All proceeds went to the Black Dog Institute. Thanks to Nusha and Ryan for documenting the proceedings with the aid of camera and film.
We had an idea a while ago to host an evening of trailer screenings from films in the MIFF program just when it came out, so people could pick what movies they wanted to see before they all sold out. ‘We’ll call it “Trail Blazers”!’ I said, or maybe it was someone else. ‘How about “Trailer Blazers”?’ said Penny, or maybe it was someone else. ‘Yeah, that’s probably better,’ I said—I think. It was a while ago now.
When I first heard about the ‘Antarctic vortex’ I thought it was bullshit. I was sitting in front of my heater wearing flannelette pyjamas when Livinia Nixon said that, this week, Melbourne would experience its worst cold snap in 60 years. Apparently it would be snowing in places it hadn’t ever snowed in before! The temperature wouldn’t rise beyond 12 degrees and the rain wouldn’t end for days! Livinia kept repeating the phrase ‘frigid air’! ‘Bullshit, Livinia,’ I said, while sipping on a toasty cup of Melbourne Breakfast tea and readjusting my throw rug.
Charlie Lawler is a lovely guy who runs a nursery in the backstreets of Collingwood with his partner Wona Bae. The nursery is called Loose Leaf, and to say it’s taken Melbourne by storm is something of an overstatement. That’s not to say it’s not crazily successful … Okay, maybe it’s taken Melbourne by storm. But I’m sure there’s a better way to describe it.
When I saw that the cover story of Food for Fashion’s (FFF) first issue features Maisie Williams—who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones—and is called ‘Arya Hungry?’, I practically threw my money at them. (Or, more specifically, at Pork Chop, who was working in the shop when I bought the issue.)
The other day I cut my finger, but I’m not sure how I did it. One day it escalated from a normal cut to something that inspired concern in my boyfriend, laughs from my best mate and a pretty direct text message from my mum: ‘It is infected’.
Those friendly folk at Assemble Papers lived up to their name and put together a new publication. Themed ‘Communal Culture’, Issue 3 is full of stories about collective and collaborative living, and it’s inspiring as hell. Speaking of inspiring, here are some photos from the launch they held in our little ol’ shop.
Homegirl zine is a publication about creative women in Melbourne and the homes they live in. This is interesting for several reasons: 1) Melbourne’s doers and makers often tell very good stories, 2) zines about people’s homes are intrinsically fascinating because we’re all voyeuristic creeps, and 3) jeez, don’t ask me, have a look for yourself. Better yet, read this interview I did with Homegirl founder Ingrid Kesa.
One day these two guys named Chris and Christian came into the shop and asked if they could put on a launch for their comic book in our shop. It felt like a scene from a movie so I immediately said yes. A couple of months later, the launch happened, and it was everything we hoped for and so much more. Caroline Shen kindly allowed us to use her photos from the event. Thanks, Caroline!
Hillvale is in the business of developing and scanning film. They’re open weird hours but you can drop your film in various dropboxes around the city. Recently, we had our very own Hillvale dropbox installed in the shop. It’s like a shiny black piggybank full of people’s memories that’s emptied once a week. I caught up with Hillvale co-founder Andy Johnson to chat about the weirdest rolls he’s ever developed and why film tells stories better than digital.
Back in 1945 when I was still at university, my journalism teacher told me that there was absolutely no way I could make a living writing about pop culture, and that I should probably settle for a news reporter job at a regional paper. Ha, boy did I prove her wrong! Well, kind of. But this book report isn’t about my depressing financial situation. This is about Chuck Klosterman.
Mere’s Grammar Corner is a regular column around these parts—one in which our resident style guide Meredith Forrester explores a small corner of the grammar and punctuation universe. This time, she looks at the difference between inquire and enquire.
A couple of weeks ago, one of our resident star writers, Brodie Lancaster, went to Sydney and did a TED Talk! It was part of an event called TEDxYouth@Sydney 2015. We sent along another one of our resident star writers, Sinead Stubbins, to give us a behind-the-scenes angle on the whole deal. Turns out she’s pretty handy with a camera.
Jason Crombie is the editor-in-chief at Monster Children and that’s great, but he’s also the editor of his own ace interview magazine: Wooooo. We miss Wooooo and enjoy reminding Jason of this fact.
What is Tim Lahan trying to tell us? If you take Never Been Better—his newish zine release on Melbourne imprint Heavytime—at face value, the news ain’t great.
Joe Miranda is a nice guy whom we really like. Along with a crew of others (including our very own Penny Modra and Brodie Lancaster), Joe presents the Independent Photography Festival, known to its mates as IPF. This year, Joe and his mates are running a Pozible campaign to fund the whole operation and make sure it keeps getting bigger and better while remaining, you know, independent. As I said, we like Joe and we like his festival. I got on the blower and asked him a few questions.
French is a famous illustrator who does stuff like Slayer tour posters, clothing lines and skateboard graphics. He moved here from the UK a while back, and now he’s our friend. One day, French commented that he liked our posters. ‘Want to draw one for us?’ I asked. ‘Okay,’ he said, ‘what do you want?’ We looked at each other for a second. ‘How about a pentagram made of pens?’ we both said. Well, he said it, but I repeated it after he said it, then gaped at him in wonder. So that was that. The posters are still in the works, but French’s brilliant pen-tagram artwork can be found on long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, as well as tote bags, available from our shop now.
We were very pleased to be stallholders at the first Melbourne Art Book Fair a couple of weeks ago. The event was held over the first weekend in May, in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria (you know, the one with the stained-glass ceiling). Max was there with his camera, and made a little gallery for the good folk at Monster Children. Have a look at it, if you dare.
This is the first instalment of a regular column in which our resident grammar nerd Meredith Forrester explores a small corner of the grammar and punctuation universe. She’s all right, that Mere.
Brrr! It’s almost winter! Click on the link below to see what You-Know-Who really got up to during the last snowy season – you won’t believe what happened next!
Our friend Thomas ‘Chenks’ Tkatchenko is a lovely guy. Aside from being very handy with ones and zeroes (he even coded this very website!), ‘Dr. Chenkman’ is quite adept at stopping for a chat. Always pleasant and never mean, Chenks also has hidden depths. We interviewed him.
We normally post galleries from the various book launches and glamorous events that are held regularly at The Good Copy, but on today of all days, we thought it was time to turn the spotlight back on a normal work day. We spend quite a bit of time in here and it’s not all free beers and zine workshops, let me tell you. Yeah, we get down to some serious hard graft, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time. Look at all this cool shit.
Thanks to Katie Olsen from Cool Hunting who was kind enough to do a write up on The Good Copy, complete with super casual photos. Cool Hunting is based in New York! Maybe we’ve finally made it.
I don’t live in New York and I doubt I ever will, but that doesn’t stop me from having a good laff at the cartoons in The New Yorker. Oh man, those clever-clogs sure know how to tell a dry one. You can open this ‘best of’ compendium to pretty much any page and find something good. Let’s give it a try—I’ll be your eyes.
When I found out that Brodie Lancaster (editor of Filmme Fatales and staff writer for Rookie Magazine, just to name a few) is an editor here at The Good Copy, I was a tad excited. I was even more excited when I got the chance to ask her about Filmme Fatales and the magical thing known as writing.
My name is Sarah and I got to come and hang out with some cool writers at The Good Copy this week. As well as interviewing Brodie, writing draft tweets and Instagram posts, and going to Officeworks and Coles, I kept a visual diary. Here it is!
Megan Clune came all the way from Sydney to launch the fifth edition of her music magazine World’s Only. It’s a great magazine and we had a grand time serving up tins and bottles to Meg’s friendly fans. Have yourself a look-see at our crappy gallery.
This week, Megan Clune of World’s Only is launching the fifth edition of her music magazine at The Good Copy. We’re pretty excited about it. Megan is coming all the way down from Sydney!
Ahead of the launch on Friday, we asked our resident editor/zine-maker Brodie Lancaster to interview Megan about independent publishing, making music and the beauty of a good binding job.
Little White Lies is an English magazine about the movies. Furthermore, it’s a magazine about the movies that is actually good! We just got a bunch of issues in the shop and boy howdy, we are glad to have them. We reviewed Issue 57, which is available at The Good Copy shop right now.
Accidental Discharge is a new magazine with a name you have to whisper, depending on where you are. Editor Maile Shanti and Art Director Gemma Mahoney set out to make a feminist publication that could ‘unite women’ as well as offer them a judgement-free space for their writing and art. It’s all pretty impressive given Maile lives in Perth and Gemma lives in Melbourne. We chatted to Maile and Gemma about feminism, being a teenager and how they came up with that name.
Those canine-crazed lunatics Heather and Dan were back in our shop for a special Valentine’s Day instalment of Dog Photog. I wasn’t there, because I cruelly rostered Sinead on to work that day. But by the look of things, it went quite well. Quite well indeed.
Meredith Forrester gets excited about grammar the same way I get excited about … I can’t even think of what. Maybe I should do something about that, because her enthusiasm is both life-affirming and infectious. What follows is a short interview with the ever-humble Mere, our resident school curriculum writer, copy editor, copywriter and punk rock fan.
Settle on to your lilo, take a long sip of your fruity summer cocktail, jettison yourself from the poolside and float away on the violet pages of Ladies of Leisure’s second issue. If you’re not already acquainted, let us enlighten you: produced by young female creatives for young female creatives, LOL (as it’s affectionately abbreviated) showcases the work and thought of Melbourne ladies who are arty, ambitious and all-round killing it.
It seems strange to write a review of one’s own colleagues. But why should it be? Humans are judgemental creatures by nature—there’s no point in pretending otherwise. I’m actually judging you right now. Why are you wearing that?
’Twas the evening of the 29th day of January when our fine shop hosted the launch of a fellow fine thing: a book—of photos and words—titled Meet & Greet. It’s the first publication from Melbourne photo collective Precious Memories Club, and you know what? It’s exactly the kind of thing we like to get behind. You know what else? Those guys know how to knock back a few cold ones.
Many thanks to Wendy Syfret and the folk at VICE for publishing this interview with our head honcho Penny Modra. The article tells you all you need to know about our Stop. Grammar Time. classes without actually giving anything away. It’s a bit like those free IQ tests.
Enrolments are now open for the March and April editions of our ‘nuts and bolts’ punctuation and grammar class for writers, readers and people who like to leave the house. Learn where to put the things in the right places so you sound as clever as you are, really. Your emails won’t know themselves. Your articles will be sharpened and your novel won’t even need editing.
For our final day of ‘trading’ in the shop for 2014, we had a crazy day of festive entertainment. Firstly, young artist Sofia Coco held her first ever show, entitled ODD SOCKS. Secondly, Pork Chop wrote disgusting XXXmas limericks in greeting cards. It was great!
Christmas can be stressful. Urgh, so stressful. Why do we even bother! Oh wait, because it’s kind of fun. Lucky for you, we got The Good Copy team together to help you with your gift buying.The fact that all these gifts come from The Good Copy shop is of no consequence.
Dynamic duo Heather Lighton and Daniel Aulsebrook launched their new Dog Photog operation in our shop on the weekend. It was a crazy time of panting, sniffing bums and friendly hairy faces—and that was just my skater mates who dropped by. But yes, loads of lovely dogs came and had their photo taken and we were all very impressed by Dan and Heather. They were born to do this!
Rookie is a website started by girl genius Tavi Gevinson, but it is also an annual publication. Confused? You shouldn’t be, it’s pretty straightforward. Every year, Gevinson releases a Rookie Yearbook compendium of the best content featured on the website throughout the school year—yearbook, geddit?—plus exclusive content that you can’t get for free on the internet. The latest one has just come out, which can only mean: SCHOOLIES!
In the second instalment of our exhaustive (and exhausting) Independent Photography Festival gallery, we peek behind and in front of the scenes of, predictably, the second half of the program. As one of the event producers, we were at every one of the 13 exhibitions, workshops, slideshows, zine fairs and BBQs that made up the crazy week that was, and we have the photos to prove it.
After we had calmed down a bit from the excitement of receiving a package containing the first copies in Australia, we flicked Hong Kong-based BITE ME creators Katrina Tran and Jason Schlabach a few questions about their stylish and cheeky magazine. Ever obliging, they answered thusly.
The Independent Photography Festival took over our lives from 8 to 16 November. As event partners, we were at every one of the 13 exhibitions, workshops, slideshows, zine fairs and BBQs that made up the crazy week that was. Unsurprisingly, there was extensive photographic documentation of proceedings.
We’ve been talking it up for a while, and now we can link you to it. The Independent Photography Festival 2014 site is now alive, complete with all the details of an exhaustive (and potentially exhausting) nine-day schedule of exhibitions, screenings, workshops and slideshows by Australian photographers and international guests, popping off at a bunch of venues around town.
On a balmy springtime evening, Brodie ‘The Boss’ Lancaster launched issue #5 of her terrific zine Filmme Fatales in our shop. A bumper gallery of good and not so good photographs makes the previous sentence indisputable.
The Two Colour Pen is like a Four Colour Pen after a garage sale, or a colonic cleanse. It doesn’t have so much crap weighing it down. Crap it only used when it was writing in birthday cards, or trying to look serious.
There’s been a lot of issue 5 talk around here lately. ‘Have you seen issue 5 yet, MO?’ they ask me. ‘Can you hold this issue 5 while I photograph it? Wear your blue jacket.’ Issue 5 this, issue 5 that—I tell you what.
This week’s customer of the, er, week goes to our pal Graeme Simsion. As well as being a funny guy with great taste in jeans, Graeme is an international best-selling author of the novels The Rosie Project and the brand new The Rosie Effect. Fancy that!
I was quite sceptical of The Plant when it first crossed my lap. ‘Ah, another fancy pants magazine,’ I thought. ‘Look at it, masquerading as a thing to read, hiding its true purpose: to make its immediate surroundings look a little bit prettier and a tad more sophisticated – kind of like a less-honest version of an actual plant.’ However it turns out I was being far too harsh. The Plant has, indeed, grown on me.
Stream or download (or both!) a fantastic playlist of mojo-enhancing tunes selected by The Good Copy writing team and expertly put together by Pork Chop. This mix was created for the occasion of our shop launch party, but can be applied to everyday situations.
On the evening of Thursday 21 August, we launched the good ship The Good Copy Shop. A gaggle of writers, readers and people who do both of those things came along to help us celebrate with a cold one or three.
Well, that was a good one! Melbourne label Witu launched their new Ozone collection at The Good Copy on Friday 1 August. Luckily for us, the amazing Heather Lighton was there to document happenings as they unfolded.
No, I’m not speaking in tongues. I’m saying The Good Copy was featured on The Design Files on Monday! This momentous event coincided with the opening day of our shop and the launch of this site, so forgive my tardiness in posting. Thanks to Lucy, Lisa and Eve for the kind words, beautiful photos and mad internet fame.
In the first of what will probably be a never-ending series of episodes, we ask the people the big question. Well, a few of the big questions. What is The Good Copy? How do you feel about The Good Copy? What are your thoughts on The Good Copy? And so on.
A long time ago in the same place where we are now, we started work on our studio, shop, school and event space, space. It was bloody ages ago, actually. It was really hot and now it is freezing. Well, we made it in the end. Check this out.
On a chilly July evening, we had the pleasure of hosting the launch of the new independent publication End Paper. The cool little black book is the real life summation of Polar, an online showcase for the work of artists who explore the territories between online and offline culture.
Back in May, we hosted the launch of the awesome Ladies of Leisure (AKA LOL) zine edition 1. It was a lovely soiree complete with a cool hanging installation by Natalie Turnbull, tunes from DJ Laila Sakini, customised tea bags and more drinks than you could poke a gaily decorated straw at.