Farewell and thanks for the memories

After a year of writing on Medium (and a year before that of reading on Medium), I’ve decided to move on.

Naturally, last year was the year for learning new things. I had already made the decision to become serious about my creative pursuits, but 2020 forced my hand. Over…

I can't believe the audacity of talking about the killer's "bad day". My heart goes out to the Asian community in America. We're not much better in Australia, unfortunately. All of the gross sexualisation stuff that you talk about is sadly familiar to me and my sister. Ugh. I don't know what to say. I hope the victims and their families get justice.

Breaking down the old boys’ club

Parliament House, Canberra

Content note: discussion of sexual assault

There are cracks in Australia’s political system.

In the last few months, members of the Federal government have been the subject of several sexual assault allegations, which our Prime Minister has tried to brush off. Many people have asked, sensibly, why on earth it…

December book review: Bronze Seeks Silver

Bronze Seeks Silver: Lessons from a creative career in marketing, Mat Zucker, 2020: Cidiot

A book that combines memoir with an analysis of one’s resume? Let me double-click into that. The latter phrase is something I learnt when reading Mat Zucker’s book, Bronze Seeks Silver: Lessons from a creative career…

It’s hard to disconnect from the constant news cycle that is overwhelmingly doom-laden. If you have a smartphone, it’s even worse. The endless scrolling on my smartphone is a habit…

When I was at university, one of my lecturers casually mentioned that Helvetica was his favourite font. The first thing I did when I got home that day was to change the font on my latest assignment from Times New Roman to Helvetica. After talking with some of my friends, I surmised that everyone else had done the same.

Reading the first two chapters of Bronze Seeks Silver: Lessons from a creative career in marketing by Mat Zucker, reminded me of my need, twenty years ago, to impress the all-powerful art history professor. Zucker’s book is a memoir of his career in marketing, but of course, he didn’t start out as an advertising executive and he writes with wry wit about how he began his career. Spoiler: there is a discussion of fonts.

Thanks to the author for sending me your book! I’ll be reviewing it for my next column.

Maria Blackman

Writer and artist from Perth, Western Australia. I write about art, books, identity and more. Find me on Twitter @blackman_maria

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