The Best of 2014 from The Lifted Brow: Online

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Photograph by Charlotta Wasteson. Reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence.

This year was the first time we’ve commissioned work specifically for The Lifted Brow: Online. To celebrate, we asked our various interns and editors to nominate their favourite online pieces from 2014.

We’d like to not-so-humbly suggest that these pieces are the ones with the most zest, charm, wit, character, and incisiveness. They’re bold, and bright, and thick with that something that makes them engaging and important, a window into something particular about our pomo, digimodern, hyper-articulate world. These are, we hope, stories that cut to the heart of who we are and what we do.

We have a big year ahead at The Lifted Brow: a redesign, rebrand and relaunch of our print magazine, which will also carry through to our digital and online publications; we’ll have new work to show off; the inaugural experimental non-fiction prize is open for submissions; some associates we’ll be championing like mad; and an expanded crack team of editors, commissioning editors, and deputy editors dying to show you what we’ve got.

But forget any mawkish end-of-year oversentimentality: we simply reckon these ten stories deserve a re-read. Enjoy.

  • Flab and Excess: On Women, Writing and the Publishing Industry by Jessica Yu
    ‘The gendering of “voice”… will always make female writers’ work appear less important, even less human.’

  • How Giraffes Die by Emily Meller
    ‘In the flat, open, dry savanna plains of sub-Saharan Africa, roaming giraffes routinely get struck by lightning and die.’

  • Noise in our Heads by Evelyn Morris
    ‘So I’m coming out—I have an ego and I’m a woman.’

  • Hemmingway’s Reductionism by Simon Groth
    ‘He is still there, just where I last left him. Hemmingway is his name, the name I gave him.’

  • Phone In Mouth by Leon Arnott
    ‘You remove your phone from your mouth. This isn’t the first time you’ve found it in there, with no memory of having inserted it the night before.’

  • Next to Nothing by Brendan Maclean
    ‘Poppy’s death would be the first significant ending of my life.’

  • A Bone of Fact: The Gambler’s Review by Oscar Schwartz
    ‘Next to me I have a twenty-cent coin. I’m going to use it as a guide for writing, ask it questions, and follow its answers blindly. I have one rule: heads = yes; tails = no.’

  • The Hysterical Woman by Matilda Surtees
    ‘Female emotion, even outside of mental illness, is rarely admitted to the public sphere.’

  • Eye, Human by Koren Helbig
    ‘Having a wireless chip inside his skull does, Harbisson admits, leave him vulnerable to hacking.’

  • 21 Notes on the Cover Art of Sia’s 1000 Forms Of Fear by Adam Curley
    ‘The Hair is a star in space. It has been freed from the body to which it was once attached (Sia’s body?) and is now surrounded by blackness.’

Want more? Why not browse through the archive?

And if you’d like to write for The Lifted Brow: Online during 2015, feel free to drop us a line.