Phillipa McGuinness is publisher at NewSouth Publishing/UNSW Press in Sydney. She is the editor of Copyfight (NewSouth, 2015) and the author of The Year Everything Changed: 2001 (Vintage, 2018), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards in the non-fiction category. Her work has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Meanjin and elsewhere.
Non-fictionOur image-centred world has elevated what writer Jia Tolentino calls ‘Instagram face’, a racially ambiguous assemblage of ethnic ‘greatest hits’ – wide cat-like eyes, big lips, smallish nose, high cheekbones. Few people will have a face that fits this template... But, whatever, you can pay for it.
When big tech met books
MemoirTHE FIRST TIME I went to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008, I had an appointment with Google. Its stand in Hall Eight was a shiny white pod with no retractable banners or cheap shelving in sight. The pod...