I love the last page of a magazine. Is there a special publishing term for that page? Does anyone know?
Remember when Modern Guru was on the last page in the Good Weekend? It was funnier back then too.
Vanity Fair has the Proust Questionnaire which is always a little pocket of goodness that I forget about every time. VF recently published a collection of them. And Graydon Carter wrote about the Proustian Bargain.
There is also an interactive Proust Questionnaire which I would start and invite you all to answer (we can compare responses) but I can’t get past the first question. Would someone else please get the ball rolling?
Another great last page is the Monthly magazine’s Encounters series written by Shane Maloney. Stories of interactions between two people you may or may not ordinarily think of in the same sentence. This month’s Encounter is between Richard Casey (Australian politician and diplomat) and Mahatma Gandhi.
I think my favourite Encounter was in the third edition of The Monthly in 2006 – between Errol Flynn and Fidel Castro. It could be Maloney’s crime fiction roots that were so suited to that story, but I still remember the humid Cuban setting even though I read it three years ago.
What magzines have you got at your place? What’s on the last page?