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The Kill Your Darlings Advent Calendar

To celebrate the silly season, and our exciting Christmas Subscriber Offer, we’re unlocking some of the most thought-provoking, entertaining and beautifully written content from our first 20 issues throughout November and December. Read more »

Travelling Light: Travel narratives without spiritual baggage

My own Eat Pray Love process of self-discovery constitutes not just tasting dragonfruit at the old quarter markets in Hanoi and lighting incense sticks at a Buddhist temple in Saigon. It goes beyond the sacred and the profane to include the political – almost akin to giving the finger to reductive stereotypes of non-white women. Read more »

Kill Your Darlings Christmas Subscriber offer

Because we love to treat our wonderful readers – you! – from now until Christmas Eve, all new and renewing Kill Your Darlings print and online subscribers will go in the draw to win fabulous prizes, including a trip to MONA Museum in Hobart and an iPad mini. Read more »

Happy Hangovers and False Starts: Happy Endings and Marry Me

Binging rarely ends well. Binge eating is how unwanted food babies happen. Binge drinking is how inhibitions and memories are erased. Binge-watching a TV show can take over your life. Which is exactly what happened a few years ago when I fell in love with Happy Endings. … Read more »

Who killed Amanda Palmer fandom?

Fans and consumers tend to avoid music made by people whose actions disagree with their moral compasses, and, conversely, to reward those whose actions align with them. But are they right to do so? Read more »

Books that take you there: YA literary tourism

How has literary tourism taken on new dimensions and greater capitalism, thanks to youth literature – both old and new, book and film? Read more »

‘The Elements’ by Laura Elvery

Read Laura Elvery’s story, ‘The Elements’, joint winner of the 2014 QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize. Read more »

‘Your Mother Was a Dancer’ by Ben Goodfellow

Read Ben Goodfellow’s story, ‘Your Mother Was a Dancer’, joint winner of the 2014 QUT Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize. Read more »

Lovers, haters, and TaySway’s 1989

TaySway is a polariser: haters really hate her. The issue for many feminists and critics is that they simply don’t like Taylor’s version of authenticity, which happens to be embodied by a blonde, white, straight, American women from a reasonably privileged background. Read more »

A matter of time: very long films

It’s a fatal moment for any film lover: that instant when you look away from the screen and check your watch, holding it up to the light to judge how much time is left before you can escape. A wince of pain as you realise there are still 40 minutes to go. Read more »