Magazine Review: The Big Issue, 24 May–6 June 2011.

I’ve been making an effort to pick up The Big Issue whenever I can, despite Kylie Minogue being on this edition’s cover.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Kylie, but I feel like she’s been in the media for that long that there’s not much more to write about her, and I’m certainly not interested in reading about her.

While I didn’t read the cover story on her (p. 18–21), most everything else in this edition of The Big Issue is a great read.

There’s another feature (p. 14–16) on the chances of Barack Obama being reelected in 2012 in the aftermath of the Osama bin Laden assassination that’s well worth the $5 cover price, remembering that half the proceeds go to the vendor.

Photographer Jay Banning’s series Bureaucratics which profiles public servants, their offices and their salaries from all over the world, is an eye-opening piece by Michael Green (p. 24–27). The exhibition will hit Melbourne in 2012.

Regular columnists Mic Looby writes on the longevity of Marcel Proust’s hefty tomes in the Twitter age (p. 12) and Fiona Scott-Norman on global gay rights in the wake of Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill being abolished (p. 29). Meanwhile, Jake Cleland laments the “fame via YouTube” trend (Rebecca Black, he’s looking at you) (p. 32–33).

The issue is rounded out by the world’s fascination with the Big Brother-esque televised shenanigans of the Logies and the royal wedding in the same weekend (p. 42), and Australia’s fascination with “The Sickie” (p. 46).

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