While trawling through an Oakleigh op shop, I spotted a first edition Style Manual in the bargain bin outside:
Some of the pages were falling out, so I didn’t buy it, but because it was such a cool find, I had to take a photo. I also noticed an old imperial kitchen scale for $15, which would have easily gone for $60 at the Chapel Street Bazaar.
Most op shops were closed on Saturday, so I spent my time sifting through people’s hard rubbish in Box Hill and Hawthorn, listening to Estelle and Maddie’s Textual Fantasies on SYN. I found some funky orange canisters and learnt from Jess Crouch that working in a bookstore is a legit career move if one wants to get into publishing. When it comes to getting the job you want, both guest speakers, Crouch and Ryan Paine, emphasised the importance of being persistent: get one foot in the door by working in a related field, show that you’re interested by doing some work experience.
Judging from last Saturday’s ‘how to’ on publishing, Textual Fantasies seems to be geared towards young and or emerging writers. With its review of The Lifted Brow and Ryan Paine’s validation of non-mainstream lit, the show would also appeal to indy fiction fetishists. If you fit into either category, tune in on Saturdays from 1-2pm and think of me being stuck with Old FM and doped-up druggies—