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New zine – Speak-easy #14: the work issue

July 18th, 2017  |  Published in Latest, Zines  |  1 Comment

While I’m looking for a new job, I hope it’s not too shameless to shill copies of my latest zine? I guess the theme is “work”, so that makes it semi-appropriate, right?

It was produced for the most recent MCA Zine Fair and here’s a not-so-executive summary on its contents …

It’s possible to get paid $14,000 to line up for iPhones in the US, while in Japan, your boss is meant to give a speech at your wedding. In Australia, our most popular prime minister is also the guy who encouraged everyone to take the day off after we won the America’s Cup.

The world of work is weird and, sometimes, kind of wonderful. This zine is all about that – it features the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done (a true story that involves the medical profession and insider intel by Dr Liam Vierboom), as well as interviews with people who hold intriguing jobs: Cameron Webb, who researches and catches mosquitoes (when most people go out of their way to avoid mossies), Adele Cutbush, a nurse who has some memorable, inspiring and pretty intense stories from the field, Grace Lee and Matt Huynh – talented artists who recount what it’s like to be let loose to do your own thing in Tokyo and New York respectively, serial multitaskers Beth Taylor and Andrew Levins, who have done fascinating things throughout their wide-ranging careers (one of these interviews recalls the crazy time schoolkids got to climb the Sydney Opera House completely unharnessed and no one gave AF), and Will Reichelt, who explains what exactly he does as a visual effects supervisor (and why movie credits are so long).

I wrote, edited, clipped, collated and sticky-taped each copy together and if you like the sound of the zine, you can order it online here:

This was one of my favourite zines to work on, I hope you dig it as well.

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One Comment

  1. Linh Huynh says:

    Dear Lee Tran Lam
    I am cataloguing your publication “Speak-easy #14: The work issue for the Zine collection at the National Library of Australia. Could you please advise me if this publication is published as a one off publication (ie. a monograph) or there was issues no. 1-13 published before as well? Your advice will help me to add the item in hand in either with our monograph or serial zine collections.
    Many thanks for your help with this.
    Linh Huynh
    Legal Deposit and Acquisitions
    National Library of Australia

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

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