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Three things to read during Melbourne’s Antarctic vortex
Written by Sinead Stubbins — 16th July 2015

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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.

Well, it did get pretty fucking cold. For those who are lucky enough to ride out the storm indoors, we’ve got a few recommendations for passing the time. As the Antarctic air sweeps off the icebergs and blasts through that little gap between your front door and your doorstop, here are some books to read to keep your mind off things. It’s absolutely coincidental that all of these items come from The Good Copy shop.

Haha, suckers.

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1. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion ($25)

I mean, what can you even say about this book? Joan Didion, the famously brilliant American writer who has worked for Vogue, The New York Times, Life and The New York Review of Books is so talented that she’ll make you want to puke. But in a good way! Slouching Towards Bethlehem is her first collection of essays, and they’re all about 1960s California. Didion’s writing is crazy-immersive and evocative.

Here is one of my favourite passages: ‘Because I had been tired too long and quarrelsome too much and too often frightened of migraine and failure and the days getting shorter, I was sent, a recalcitrant thirty-one-year-old child, to Hawaii, where winter does not come and no one fails and the median age is twenty-three.’

I MEAN! *pukes*

2. Kill Your Darlings, Issue 21 ($20)

This is not the most recent Kill Your Darlings(2)although that one is good too—but I particularly like this issue because my friend and colleague Brodie Lancaster is in there talking about the Kim Kardashian game! What a millennial. Kill Your Darlings is a collection of essays, reviews, interviews and short fiction, so it’s kind of like flicking between television stations, except every channel is playing Masterchef aka HEAVEN.

3. Read Harder, The Believer ($25)

The Believer(3) is renowned for its top-notch long-form pieces, so it makes sense that they’d want to reprint them. Really emphasises the point, doesn’t it? Featuring famous writers such as Nick Hornby and Susan Straight and famous subjects such as Dave Chappelle and Tim Friede, the collection of essays is sometimes funny, often melodramatic and always interesting. Plus, afterwards you’ll be able to say things like, ‘I read in The Believer …’ and everyone will think you’re a well-read genius and fall in love with you.

Buy these items and more from The Good Copy shop!

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(1) Apparently the last time it was this cold in Melbourne was the year that Wilbur Wilde was born. Coincidence? You decide.

(2) Those soon-to-be-dead darlings have a web presence

(3) So do those trusting souls at The Believer

(4) See Michael Flatlay under there?