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Letting the Essays Do The Talking: Meghan Daum’s My Misspent Youth

In the introduction to her essay collection My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum writes that as frank as her essays are, they ‘are not confessions’. The personal essay may have long defined Daum, but she is far from a ‘confessional writer’, a title she has long resisted. Read more »

Between You & Me: The New Yorker’s Mary Norris on publishing, editing and insecurity

Mary Norris begins her chatty grammar guide and memoir, Between You & Me, by chronicling the odd jobs she held before she began working at the New Yorker in 1978. She delivered milk – awkwardly calling ‘Milkwoman!’ when she left bottles at each stop – and crashed the dairy truck. Read more »

On judging the Most Underrated Book Award

The chair of the judging panel for the Most Underrated Book Award shares his observations on the award, what it means to be ‘underrated’, and the current landscape of Australian literary prizes. Read more »

Family Matters: Please Like Me and the Aussie TV family

In a recent episode of Josh Thomas’s Please Like Me, the bouncy titles run over three little scenarios: Josh cooks dinner for his mate Tom and his boyfriend Arnold; his Mum cooks for her new housemate Hannah; and his Dad cooks for his wife, Mae. The three of them stir, sip wine and dance daggily around their kitchens in a neat metaphor for this season’s fantastic, cohesive new trajectory. Read more »

Out of the Imaginary Closet: Fictional characters who should have been gay

When you are part of a group that isn’t portrayed in the same way (or only negatively, or not at all) you become desperate for that glimmer of recognition. Here are several characters that I loved as a young person, who became stand-ins for the openly lesbian characters I wanted to see so much. Read more »

Space For Imagination: A conversation with Geraldine Brooks

‘If you want to tease a historian, acknowledge them in your book because that is the kiss of death to them. I feel I’m pretty loyal to history. I follow the line of fact as far as I can, then there is the imaginative engagement of trying to fill in the places where the voices are silent and the record doesn’t exist anymore. ‘ Read more »

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Sex, Drugs and the New Yorker: The Kill Your Darlings Podcast goes wild

This month on the podcast we speak to author Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), Deborah Treisman of The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, writer and journalist Eileen Ormsby (The Silk Road) and listen to Krissy Kneen read an excerpt from The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. Read more »

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