Hey, hi, hello there, Yen. Eye spy with my lit­tle eye, Is­abella Manfredi’s rip­per rhine­stone shades peek­ing out at me from be­hind a messy col­lage of printed publi­ca­tions. Gosh, that girl’s fu­ture is so darn bright she’s gotta wear shades! I must ad­mit, splurg­ing on a real-life mag­a­zine and tak­ing the time to in­dulge in some good, old­fash­ioned ‘me time’ is rare for me these days. Once home and set­tled with a bowl of English break­fast tea and your lux­u­ri­ous matte stock be­tween my fin­ger­tips, I read your stun­ning ode to all things ‘Straya and miscellany of home­grown thoughts, feel­ings and won­ders. Thank you Sarah Pan­nell for re­as­sur­ing me that in a world of city slick­ers, it’s okay to adore hum­ble subur­bia, thank you Jes­sica Yu for your un­apolo­getic frank­ness on ev­ery­day racism, and thank you An­nie and the Yen team for re-ig­nit­ing my faith in the cre­ativ­ity in this coun­try, for cel­e­brat­ing the mas­ters, mavens and mis­fits who call this sun­burnt coun­try home, and for mak­ing us think about why we are lucky to call Aus­tralia home too. High fives in abun­dance, Latoyah Let­ter of the is­sue Dear­est Yen, As a year 12 art stu­dent, and an avid dis­ci­ple of your fab­u­lous mag­a­zine, I was ab­so­lutely blown away by your past two is­sues (75, 76). Stuck in a pit of sink­ing gloom re­gard­ing my art fo­lio piece, I was elated to come home to the in­spir­ing words of Alexan­dra Valenti and again in a cou­ple of months time to the beauty that was your ‘Seascape’ edit. Fair to say I’m not 100 per cent de­cided what my fo­lio will be, but holy gua­camole, I’m far closer to it than I was four months ago and for that I say thank you, Yen. Grace Halo Yen, On a win­tery Mon­day af­ter­noon, upon re­turn­ing home from a sweet trop­i­cal es­cape in Bali, I find my­self sit­ting in bed sip­ping on a cup of tea with the new Yen (pur­chased from the air­port, al­ways the sweet­est mag­a­zine buy) in hand, pon­der­ing on the thought that re­al­ity isn’t ac­tu­ally too bad when I get to flick through the fresh pages of the Yen ad­ven­ture is­sue. Thank you for bright­en­ing up this au­tumn Mel­bourne day for me and mak­ing me feel en­livened for my next ad­ven­ture es­cape. Ter­ima kasih, Madi

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