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New to the Yabba: Into the Aussie Badlands

I find it very hard to write about Australia. This is partially a landscape issue. When writing fiction, I don’t open with the sunset. When I stare out over the canyon, my inner ear picks up no ambient string refrains. I will never publish a novel about … Read more »

A Masterpiece You Might Not Want to See: The Ethics of Devastating Cinema

After seeing Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012) a few years ago at the Sydney Film Festival, a mass hugging session ensued on the street outside with my friends who’d also survived it, sitting in various other corners of the State Theatre. We were all tender, brutalised, and somewhat … Read more »

Been a Son: Kurt Cobain and His Challenge to the Masculine Ideal

Twenty years ago this April, Kurt Cobain was found lying dead in his home in Seattle, Washington, a gunshot wound to the head. He was twenty-seven years old; he left behind his wife, Courtney Love, his eighteen-month-old daughter, Frances Bean, and hundreds of thousands of flannel shirt-wearing … Read more »

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    July’s First Book Club: Notes on Jock Serong’s Quota

    Ahead of this Wednesday’s First Book Club, Carody Culver reviews Jock Serong’s gripping legal drama Quota. Read more »


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    Kill Your Darlings Podcast #2: Life Lessons

    Welcome to the second Kill Your Darlings Podcast! Featuring interviews with Liam Pieper, Emily Bitto, Kate Larsen, Justin Heazlewood and Elwyn Murray. Read more »


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