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Man out of time: Nick Earls and his analogue people

Some readers persist in the belief that the sort of light-hearted, character-driven comedy produced by authors like Nick Earls is intrinsically less worthy than serious literary fiction, but it’s as much a challenge to make your audience laugh as it is to make them gasp at the elegance of your syntax or the gravitas of your ideas. Read more »

Podcast: The ethics of comedy

From Seth MacFarlane hosting this year’s Oscars, to the controversy around rape jokes following the Daniel Tosh fiasco in 2012, this podcast discusses the role of the comedian, their relationship to ethics, power and privilege, and the concept of ‘kicking up, not down’. Writer and broadcaster Jessica … Read more »

Editors’ picks for January: How to Be a Woman, The Lawrence/Julie & Julia Project, Gone Girl

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran — Imogen Kandel, Online Editor I have to admit books were not high on my list of priorities over the holiday break. In fact books sat somewhere between sipping wine and cleaning the bathroom.  Let’s be honest, they were … Read more »

Personality takes the cake and eats it too: Marieke Hardy’s You’ll Be Sorry when I’m Dead

You’ll Be Sorry when I’m Dead begins, as any marketable book should, with a bang – a story about Marieke Hardy’s long-running obsession with prostitution, culminating in various threesomes between herself, a hooker and her boyfriend. The story is racy, amusing and compelling – because let’s face … Read more »

Clementine Ford’s ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Being on the Dole, Again’

‘Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.’ My mother was fond of this quote. She was also fond of that one about success being ninety-nine per cent perspiration and one per cent inspiration, and the one about doors and windows and imaginary men. Unfortunately, the only … Read more »

Issue Three extract: Clementine Ford’s ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Being on the dole, again’

Forthcoming in Issue Three of Kill Your Darlings is Clementine Ford’s ‘A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Being on the dole, again’. ‘Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.’ My mother was fond of this quote. She was also fond of that one about success being ninety-nine … Read more »