Ira Glass is the iconic voice of American public radio program This American Life. The program first debuted in November 1995 and since its very first episode Glass has served as both the show’s host and executive producer.

In this four-part video series Ira Glass discusses the building blocks of a great story, how hard it can be to find a decent story, good taste, and the common errors that beginners make.

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From Gutenberg to Comic Sans and beyond, this beautiful short film from Canadian graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest traces the history of typography.


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The Slap by Christos TsiolkasIn the second half of 2012, Australian readers were invited to vote for their favourite books by local authors. The results were compiled by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s First Tuesday Bookclub and announced on a television special broadcast across the country on 4 December.

The most popular books, the ’10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die’ span a broad range of genres, reflecting diversity and variety in contemporary Australian literature.

The Top 10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die

10. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
First published in 1967, this drama and mystery novel is set in 1900 and centres on a group of students from a women’s college who disappear during a picnic at the site of a real life landmark rock formation, Hanging Rock. Lindsay’s novel was adapted into a feature film in 1975, directed by Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show).

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Over the past few weeks we’ve been posting top ten lists from some of the world’s best and most famous writers. The lists were first published in The Guardian newspaper in 2010 in a series that was inspired by Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing,

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The trailer for the highly-anticipated adaptation of Lloyd Jones’ novel Mr Pip has been released. The film stars British actor Hugh Laurie (House, Fry and Laurie) and was adapted and directed by Andrew Adamson. The central role of Matilda is played by Bougainville teenager Xzannjah Matsi. Scenes were filmed on location is Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and in various parts of New Zealand. The film will be released in New Zealand cinemas on the 3rd of October with an international release to follow.

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