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Best of 2014 (Part Two): Film, Music, YA Literature, Pop Culture

In the second of a two-part series, our brilliant Killings contributors highlight their top cultural moments of 2014 – in film, music, young adult literature, and pop culture. Read more »

Best of 2014 (Part One): TV, Books, Technology

In the first of a two-part series, our brilliant Killings contributors highlight their top cultural moments of 2014 – in television, books and technology. Read more »

No worries: Bogans, cultural cringe and the great Australian anxiety

The bogan stereotype has been played out extensively in popular culture, on TV and in film. However, even if we are able to identify certain examples of bogan culture, we are still unable to definitively pin down what exactly constitutes a bogan. Read more »

A SuperFestive Christmas playlist

I know what you’re thinking: lists like this became redundant in 1992, when Jon Bon Jovi rubbed shoulders with Cindy Crawford beneath a Christmas tree for the first and last time. Does the ideal of Christmas music get any better? Perhaps not, but many have tried. Here are a few other Christmassy pop goodies. Read more »

Kill Your Darlings Podcast #4: The Gift Edition

Welcome to the final episode of the KYD Podcast for 2014: The Gift Edition! Featuring Alice Pung, Erik Jensen, Helen Razer and Zora Sanders. Read more »

Lady Bosses on the Box

An increasing number of female-driven comedies, dramas or melodramas are popping up on our screens. Through the filters of fiction, the worlds these heroines inhabit directly reflect our own. This is the age of the lady boss. Read more »

Drake’s climate change epiphany

Or: ‘Heat of the Moment’ as an epiphany in which Drake realises the urgency and importance of acting on climate change Read more »

Living Side by Side: Multiculturalism at Home and Abroad

It all seems quite idyllic – people of varying nationalities, religions and cultures coexisting peacefully. It could be a blueprint for the perfect multicultural society. However, there’s something beneath the surface that is troubling to the western notion of modern liberalism. Read more »

Against the Album of the Year

We won’t see an end to end-of-year album and song lists any time soon – it’s hard enough for sites and publications to turn a buck without scorning one of the easiest means of acquiring sales and page views. Read more »

Prone to inequality: Why female athletes get left out of the picture

In March this year, 13-year-old surfer Olive Bowers penned a letter slamming the sexist portrayal of women in surfing magazine Tracks. When the story landed on mainstream media websites, I was rattled. The bodyboarding magazine I edit gave up on the boobs-and-butts approach years before I took the job, but the representation of women in our mag is miniscule. Read more »