Hand-setting type, a wildly popular sport. In 2005, after eleven years in the US, Carolyn Fraser shipped a 20ft. container of letterpress equipment to Melbourne and re-established her studio in the Nicholas Building. In the September issue of Meanjin, she writes on this intricate but rare artform, recalling her time as a printer in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as her search for letterpress equipment across America’s Midwest and the strange but valuable objects she found – letterheads, a box of Megill gauge pins, powder-coated steel flat files and an old molar wrapped in tissue paper. — Meanjin blog
What the Wave means for publishing. Google Wave does a fairly good job of facilitating communication, bringing conversations and group-work into the real time in a method that’s intuitive and relatively stable. This means that the relationships that provide the real muscle in the publishing industry — that between author, agent, and editor – can be streamlined to increase productivity. For the more forward-looking publishers there is even more good news. Google is releasing the source code for Wave as open source software. — Fiction Matters
The Slap comes to ABC TV. The award-winning novel by Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap, is being developed into a television series by ABC TV and Matchbox Pictures. Development of the eight-part series will begin next month in Melbourne, with production to start in 2010. The novel centres around the repercussions that occur amongst a group of friends after a man slaps a child at a barbeque. — ABC TV blog
Countermount culture. All this talk yesterday about ACP Magazines getting back to basics with a renewed focus on producing quality, sustainable editorial rather than resorting to artificially boosting quarterly sales figures with tip-on freebies has got me thinking about covermounting culture. Is this a death knell for the one-upping competition that sees newsagents turn into glorified Crazy Clarks stores and editors become sideshow spruikers? And will publishers be able to ween readers off covermounts now they’ve become a normalised part of the magazine purchasing experience? — Girl with a Satchel
Fox News: it’s war. The press needs to drop its longstanding gentleman’s agreement not to write about other news outlets as news players — not to get bogged down in criticizing the competition — because those newsroom rules no longer apply. Fox News has exited the journalism community this year. It’s a purely political player, and journalists ought to start covering it that way. I understand Fox News still wants to enjoy the benefits of being seen as a news operation. It still wants the trappings and the professional protections that go with it. But it no longer functions as a news outlet, so why does the rest of the press naively treat it that way? — Media Matters
Berlusconi’s PR blitz. Unsatisfied with his direct and indirect control over most of Italy’s media, Silvio Berlusconi has devised a campaign to stop the world’s press sniping at him over his s-x life and legal woes. An emergency taskforce is to be established within a month to monitor airwaves and news-stands the world over for coverage of Italy and bombard foreign newsrooms with good news about the country. — The Guardian
Meet the Michelle doll. The White House said it had no comment Monday in response to the upcoming release of a new Michelle Obama action-figure doll. The Michelle Obama doll is available in three outfits, all of which show off her trademark bare arms. The 6-inch doll is made by New York toymaker Jailbreak Toys and is set for release on November 20, but the company began work on the new product six or seven months ago, according to Jason Feinberg, Jailbreak Toys’ 32-year-old founder. — CNN Politics
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