When it comes to literary magazines and journals to be honest i’m not that thrilled. Some of the stuff is as dry as an unmoisturised nose. I can appreciate the writing and enjoy some of it but it just doesn’t rock my socks. Perhaps because it’s very edited, refined, perfectly proper English. The Grammar Police shouts loudly from every page and makes me run away.
But there’s theres magazines like The Lifted Brow which just make me so gleefully happy. It’s a Melbourne based lit mag that is intelligent, funny, freakin’ weird, amazing, sad, in-depth, creative. It was the first time I’d read non-fiction pieces that I loved and shoved into the hands of my sister and father saying “you must read this” (Issue 8 ). It was like the 7.30 report without the dull reporter, with imagery so realistic, hooked me in to keep reading and reading. And that’s good writers do, they sneak up on you and before you know it you’ve missed your train because you forget where you are. The Lifted Brow is broken up with big slabs of crazy art, fiction pieces and other random things to get you thinking. Although I like reading short stories I am not up with contemporary short story writers so The Lifted Brow is great in reading different styles from writers I had never heard of. It is not afraid to push the boundaries of writing and questions literary snobbery.
I’ve got a little bit of extra money in my piggy bank (not just buttons!) and finally have gotten around to buying two issues of The Lifted Brow. I’ve fallen so behind but its the type of magazine that you don’t desperately need right away like a fashion mag or to know the current news. I’m excited!
Just thought I would share that with you all.