The first day of Subscriberthon 2010 went off with a gigantic bang, and we thank you. But we’re only a fraction of the way to meeting our Subscriberthon 2010 target, a target that ensures we continue to provide our print content online for free, operate our feisty and dynamic blog and, importantly, keep publishing a print issue four times a year. We’re committed to the Overland community and hope you feel similarly.
So you love Overland but are already a steadfast subscriber? Firstly, thank you. Secondly, there are a couple of options. You can resubscribe now, go into the running for the prizes and we’ll simply add four issues to your existing subscription. Alternatively, how about a gift subscription? At a mere $40 concession and $54 full, who wouldn’t be impressed?
But don’t just take our or Standing Cat’s word for it. Take China Miéville’s, who emailed us last night:
You can’t stay neutral on a moving train, and the world-train is by god moving. Thankfully, so is Overland. Radical culture matters. Overland matters.
Or John Kinsella, Overland’s self-professed ‘Number 1 fan’, who had this to say:
Overland is not only a repository of literature and ideas, it helps them happen and grow. It’s not enough for a literary journal to showcase the writing of the day; it needs also to be an active participant in the debate about what matters textually, culturally and politically. Overland has always taken risks, and in doing so has placed a lens on the conservative and often reactionary forces that would keep Australian writing overly polite, interminably drab, and politically retrograde. Overland is a mode of literary activism. Maybe we should consider it a verb: ‘to Overland’ (being the verb for ‘holding to account’, or a form of literary and cultural questioning, even resistance). Perhaps in this light, it should be added to the Macquarie dictionary!
Anyway, what’s a Subscriberthon without prizes? Today’s daily prizes include:
Meet our contemporaries prize
A collection of scintillating issues from fellow journals – Kill Your Darlings, Wet Ink, Southerly and Island – to whet your appetite.
The transit lounge prize
A collection of recent works from the remarkable transit lounge: Boy He Cry, Roger Averill; The English Class, Ouyang Yu; New and Rediscovered, Vicki Vindikas; The Well in the Shadow, Chester Eagle; Iran: my grandfather, Ali Alizadeh; The Mary Smokes Boys, Patrick Holland, Keeping Faith, Roger Averill.
One for the philosophers prize
A collection of outstanding philosophical text like Hamlet’s Blackberry (Scribe), The Italian Difference: between nihilism & biopolitics (re.press), The concept of model (re.press), Wisdom (UQP), The Praxis of Alan Badiou (re.press), Writing Art & Architecture (re.press), A Companion to Philosophy in Australia & New Zealand (Monash University Publishing).
For a full list of Overland sponsors, see out Subscriberthon page.