Below are Mel's Articles:
This Winter At Charlie’s Cookies
Charlie's Cookies crop

This press release, tailored for consumer-targeted food publications, is one of two seasonal pressers I created for a boutique cookie brand that sells to both foodservice and consumer markets.

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Not Feeling Quirky? You’re Winsome, You Lose Some

I donned my cranky pants to write this op-ed about the gooey sentimentality of whimsical culture. It appeared in The Age on Monday, 20 April, 2009.

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The Anti-Britney Swindle
avril lavigne

In 2010, pop music is a spectacle of artifice see Autotune and Lady Gaga but in 2003 it yearned for authenticity. This feature on the ‘Britney backlash’ appeared in News Limited’s Sunday Magazine on 25 May, 2003.

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Smackdown! Journalism And The Academy Wrestle With Language
miranda devine

This essay won the special prize for written communication by a scholar aged under 30 in the 2003 Co-Op Bookshop Dialogica Awards.

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Perhaps There’s A Little Bogan In Everyone

After reading about the emergence of “cashed-up bogans”, I got annoyed and wrote this opinion piece, which appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on 8 June, 2006. In it I draw on the main argument of my MA thesis: that ‘bogan’ is a figure of national identity rather than class.

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Behind Every Brilliant Writer
jg ballard

When British author JG Ballard died in April 2009, I was disappointed by the near-absence of his long-term partner, journalist Claire Walsh, from most obituaries. In this post at feminist blog The Dawn Chorus on 20 April, 2009, I examine the figure of the female ‘muse’.

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Like The Song? These Guys Wrote It
the neptunes

In 2004, hip-hop production duo the Neptunes ruled the pop charts, and this feature explores their history and their signature sound. It appeared in The Age on Saturday, 15 May, 2004.

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Free Your Signifier And The Rest Will Follow
anne frank keffiyeh

This blog post focuses on the wearing of Palestinian headdresses, or keffiyeh, as fashionable neck scarves. It appeared on my fashion research blog, Footpath Zeitgeist, on Thursday 4 May, 2006, and has since been much-linked and cited.

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Lygon Court Retail Directory
lygon court

In January 2009, Right Angle Studio commissioned me to write the copy for a poster (with art by Rik Lee) promoting Lygon Court shopping centre to students at the nearby University of Melbourne.

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Super Tasty Rooster
super tasty rooster

It’s possibly Melbourne’s best-named charcoal chicken shop, and I reviewed it for ThreeThousand on 16 October, 2008. When I went back, my review was taped to the bain-marie.

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