Block of Books
  • ABR
    Title: ABR
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • ARCHER #12 - The Play Issue
    ARCHER #12 - The Play Issue
    ISBN: 9780648558309
    Title: ARCHER #12 - The Play Issue
    Author: #12
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This issue features:

    * Q&A with Uncle Jack Charles by ELIZABETH FLUX
    * Trans inclusion in sport by HANNAH MOUNCEY
    * LGBTQIA+ gaming by ALAYNA COLE
    * Aboriginal queer motherhood by BRIDGET CALDWELL
    * Faith and sexuality by JESSICA KNIGHT
    * Sex toys and body dysphoria by NEVO ZISIN
    * Swingers by SAMSON AND GODIVA
    * Lingerie and kink by ALYSSA KITT HANLEY
    * Greek androgyny by DMETRI KAKMI
    * Non-binary and presentation by ELIZABETH WILLIAM STREET
    * Sex work and labour by IRMA VEP
    * Nightlife as community by KELLY LOVEMONSTER


    Cover image: Pancetta Love by SHELLEY HORAN

    Imprint: ARCHER
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
    ISSUE 160
    ISBN: 9771039101006
    Author: ISSUE 160
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arena is well known in Melbourne and Australia more broadly as a publication which has made an impact on political and cultural interpretation and practice over a period of more than thirty years. However, Arena is more than this or that publication. It is composed of a core of people with a large number of friends and supporters who have established various venues and discussion projects in Melbourne and its environs as well as engaging in a variety of practical endeavours over this period.

    The core value of co-operation stands at the centre of what motivates and structures the practices and discussions of people at Arena. It is a value which has had superficial meanings for many groups, but be that as it may, it needs to be re-thought in fundamental ways given the collapse of older notions of socialist co-operation. This project enlivens all the discussions held in Arena settings and shapes the activities and publications of Arena editors.

    Over the last three decades people associated with Arena have established research and conference facilities in both the country and the city, and in the latter there is a thriving centre which combines publication, public discussion and a commercial printery.

    Arena has never accepted government support of any kind and has been fortunate to have been valued sufficiently by its friends for them to help its development financially in a variety of ways.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $9.90

    Price: $9.90
  • GUSHER   -   Issue 3
    GUSHER - Issue 3
    ISSUE 3
    ISBN: 9780646996936
    Title: GUSHER - Issue 3
    Author: ISSUE 3
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
    ISBN: 9780648271956
    Title: ISLAND MAGAZINE #157
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $14.95
    Price: $14.95
    ISBN: 9771835566009
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue 42 of The Lifted Brow is out in stores and online today, just in time for Australians to grab before going into hibernation, or before our lucky Northern Hemisphere friends settle poolside.

    Wherever you are, Issue 42 has essays, fiction, translations, commentary, criticism, poetry, and as always so many pages of comics and visual art to see you through all seasons, days and moods.

    What’s inside Shay Colley’s gorgeous cover?

    experimental memoir from Anita Levin;

    jessie berry-porter's tender-raw lyrical memoir on eating disorder and un/treatment;

    an exploration of meat, bodies and the blurred line between, by Emma Hardy;

    Eda Gunaydin's considering the experience of awkwardness across and between cultures and generations;

    a hilarious, depressing index investigating Australia's proposed Antarctica runway, by Bella Klaver;

    Léa Antigny reflects on motherhood and fragility in the face of climate disaster;

    a meditation on im/mortal bodies and their relationship to fear, nature, and spirituality by Mira Schlosberg;

    new fiction from Kat Gibson about spiralling self-consciousness and an impish garden gnome;

    debut fiction from Dawn Nguyen that will irrevocably change how you look at carrots;

    new experimental translation from Julian Mithra;

    translated fiction from Ilka Papp-Zakor, translated by Timea Balogh;

    new poetry from Bella Li, Bhanu Kapil, Andrew Brooks, Magan Magan, and Quang Mai;

    columns: Antonia Pont’s first ‘Thinking Feeling’ column, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column, Jana Perkovic’s ‘Performance’ column, Aimee Knight’s ‘Pop Culture’ column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny’s ‘Law School’ sex advice column;

    a special series on libraries, featuring Eileen Chong, Ruby Pivet, Nathan Sentance, Vanessa Giron, and Sumudu Samarawickrama;

    and new comics and visual art by Marlo Mogensen, Johdi Zutt, John Broadley, Donya Todd, Marc Pearson, Lala Albert, Rachel Ang, Charlotte Allingham, F. This, Marcelo Lavin, Aila Franck, Nadia Ingrid, Max Mose, Sarah McNeil, Will Thompson, Angelica Roache-Wilson, Leonie Brialey, Ashley Ronning, Leah Wishnia, Isabella Meagher, Thom Nguyen, and Nancy Li.

    Imprint: MAGAZINES
    RRP: $15.95

    Price: $15.95
  • MEKONG REVIEW - Volume 4 Number 2 February - April 2019
    MEKONG REVIEW - Volume 4 Number 2 February - April 2019
    ISBN: 9772016012803
    Title: MEKONG REVIEW - Volume 4 Number 2 February - April 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: MEKONG REVIEW
    RRP: $9.50
    Price: $9.50
    JULY 2019
    ISBN: 9771832342002
    Author: JULY 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    August 2019

    The terrible truth of climate change
    By Joëlle Gergis

    Surf and turfed
    By Jock Serong

    By Malcolm Knox

    Mark Latham: The outsider
    By Sean Kelly

    The sperm drought
    By Marina Kamenev

    Swan song: Documenting the Adam Goodes saga
    By Sam Vincent

    Robot love: Ian McEwan’s ‘Machines Like Me’ and Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Frankissstein’
    By Karen Hitchcock

    Popcorn maker: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’
    By Shane Danielsen

    Happy trails: Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’
    By Anwen Crawford

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • NEW PHILOSOPHER - #25 Death
    NEW PHILOSOPHER - #25 Death
    ISBN: 710535058413
    Title: NEW PHILOSOPHER - #25 Death
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue #025: Death

    Our fear of death is the ultimate fear of missing out – on all the events, the people, the progress, the battles. When we die, the world will not pause. Life, without us, will go on. Rather than casting this fear aside, perhaps we should invite it into the room and look it square in the eye. What do we fear we’ll miss out on when we’re gone? What should we do more – or less – of while we’re here? All must die. But not all will truly live, making the most of the hand – however unfair it may be – they have been dealt.

    Will you?

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • OVERLAND #235
    OVERLAND #235
    WINTER 2019
    ISBN: 9780648579700
    Title: OVERLAND #235
    Author: WINTER 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Imprint: OVERLAND
    RRP: $19.95
    Price: $19.95
    AUTUMN 2019
    ISBN: 9780995416291
    Author: AUTUMN 2019
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Features Alexis Wright on censorship, Fiona Wright on Tinder, Gabriel Ng on anti-Chinese sentiment, Adam Curley on Survivor, Cambodia and love, plus fire cults, the occupation of Kashmir and a cultural history of swimming. Includes the winning poems from the 2018 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Fiction guest-edited by Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk. Art by the award-winning Hoda Afshar.

    Imprint: OVERLAND
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
    ISBN: 9772206937008
    Title: SWAMPLAND
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Swampland is a new Australian music magazine.

    Run by a small team, the project was sparked by a frustration at the current lack of print platforms for lengthy, intelligent music journalism. They’re not interested in click counts or amassing vast amounts of content. They won’t publish listicles or irrelevant best-of lists and they're not tied to the PR cycle.

    Instead, they're featuring some of the most interesting music writing and photography in the country.

    Their main aim is to create a space for good writers to make good work and to have a reason to pursue pieces that take quite a long time and quite a lot of thought. They're interested in work that can retain its worth over months, years, even decades; work that asks important questions about Australian music and wonders what that says about our larger cultural context.

    They cover all genres, Australian locations and periods in our music history. They're paying contributors as well as they can for their efforts.

    RRP: $16.00

    Price: $16.00
    ISBN: 710535058123
    Title: WOMANKIND
    Author: #18
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    #18 Fruit Fly

    What do humans and fruit flies have in common? Apparently, quite a lot. Our genetic makeup, scientists say, is unusually similar. But is there a common link be- tween every human on the planet and every flower? Or every human on the planet and every mineral? Of course, we’re householders, you could say. We share a home, which is our planet, Earth.

    Cultural critic Neil Postman once wrote: “Have you not noticed that you are on the same ship?” Postman liked to think of Earth as a spaceship; one that has been bobbing about in space for billions of years. And housed on this spaceship are millions of species, from sunflowers to fruit flies to people. “The story of Spaceship Earth has the pow- er to bind people,” writes Postman in his book, The End of Education. “It is a story of interdependence and global cooperation, of what is at the core of humanness; a story that depicts waste and indifference as evil, that requires a vision of the future and a commitment to the present.”

    Indeed, to accept that we’re stuck on this one big orbit- ing planet together is powerful enough to transcend race, gender, religion, wealth, and any other category we deploy to divide and conquer. We’re crew members, caretakers of a vulnerable space capsule, and this comes with enormous responsibility. It forces us to forget our points of difference and get on with the job.

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • WOMANKIND #19 - Flamingo
    WOMANKIND #19 - Flamingo
    ISBN: 710535058697
    Title: WOMANKIND #19 - Flamingo
    Author: #19
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre argues that most people never accept this gaping responsibility over the course of their lives, but instead will blame society, religion, luck, parents, and so on when things go wrong. But to do so, argues the philosopher, is to live in “bad faith”. We must, he believes, accept that we have the freedom to choose and direct the course of our lives. To do so is to gain ‘personal authority’, or what’s commonly referred to as ‘growing up’.

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • WOMANKIND #20 - Elephant
    WOMANKIND #20 - Elephant
    ISBN: 710535058703
    Title: WOMANKIND #20 - Elephant
    Author: #20
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Issue #20 ‘Elephant’ has arrived.

    It’s interesting that India, one of the noisiest places in the world, is also the mecca of inner peace – a place where western seekers flock to yoga and meditation retreats, and spend time in ashrams for that much sought-after “Om”.

    Even ashrams in India rattle to the sound of steel on steel as India builds outwards and upwards – a modernisation project with no end in sight. However, if you delve into ancient Indian texts, peace and tranquility are not found ‘out there’, but inside us. “The same fire that cooks your meal burns the child. Is it the fault of the fire?” asks Swami Vivekananda in The Science of Breathing. “Blessed be the fire!” he exclaims. “The world is neither good nor bad; the world is the world. The fire is the fire. If you burn your finger in it, you are a fool.”

    For yogis, pain and suffering, anger and frustration, are not due to the world ‘out there’ but come from within. By mastering both mind and body, the yogi takes full responsibility for her destiny, accepting that one’s present is simply a result of past choices, and one’s future starts now.

    Noise, what noise? All I hear is silence.

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
    ISBN: 710535058451
    Title: WOMANKIND #21
    Format: MAGAZINE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In her work titled Interiors, Danish photographer Trine Søndergaard photographs a renaissance castle uninhabited for 50 years. For Søndergaard, the starkness of the rooms – devoid of people, decoration or alterations for half a century – was oddly captivating. The rooms existed in a state of waiting, of ‘what next?’

    For Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, too, it was this state that the philosopher dreamed of. “Pleasure disappoints, possibility never,” he declared. “If I were to wish for anything,” it would be for the “passionate sense of the potential”. By paring back, and making space, we welcome possibility. By clearing space in our lives, we make way for the new.

    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95