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A Bride Stripped Bare: A writer gets naked on the path from novel to memoir

You can find my book in the nonfiction section of the bookstore. I can’t deny it. It’s even me on the cover. And it is me, talking on radio and writing in women’s magazines about open marriages, non-monogamy, and how religion can fuck up your sexuality. People are calling me ‘brave’, but I’m not sure it’s a compliment. I feel so naked. How did this happen? Read more »

Out of Alignment: Religion, politics and priorities

Throughout your (hopefully long) life, you will often be forced to prioritise one thing over another thing.
Because we make these decisions based on what we personally think is important or morally right, the things other people choose to prioritise can be confusing or upsetting to us. I find this happens regularly when bearing witness to what some religious people or religious groups choose to place importance on. Read more »

The 2013 Man Booker Shortlist: Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary

The Man Booker Prize, launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the year’s best novel written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Dorothy Johnston delves into one of the shortlisted works of 2013–Colm Tóibín’s … Read more »

The Revolutionary Jesus: Reza Aslan’s Zealot

  The backlash to Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth confirms the old adage that, in polite circles, it’s best to steer away from religion, politics and sex. Aslan has virtually nothing to say about sex, but plenty about religion and politics. … Read more »

Men with the souls of women: Indonesia’s transgender waria

Three lithe young women frolic around in short nightdresses. Smoking cigarettes, they’re slowly getting drunk from a bag of potent local wine. I’m in Kemang, a wealthy district of South Jakarta – home to flashy bars, beer-swilling expats and cashed up locals. But here in the backstreets, … Read more »

Gang of Five: shit siblings

In our list series, ‘Gang of Five’, we make a list of five things related to … whatever we like. Here’s KYD Online Editorial Assistant, Stephanie Van Schilt, with five ‘shit siblings’. A few years ago, the Triple R Breakfasters would list the ‘lesser’ child of a … Read more »

A Christian’s Christmas

Being a Christian doesn’t exactly earn you cool points in the workplace – especially around Christmas. If a colleague asks, ‘What are you doing over the break?’ responding enthusiastically with something like ‘CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF MY LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST!’ can result in the loss … Read more »

The Religious Impulse: An Argument for the Novel of Ideas [review]

36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, Rebecca Goldstein Publisher: Atlantic Books (Allen & Unwin) ISBN: 9781848871540 RRP: $29.99 In Jeff Sparrow’s recent essay for the March edition of Meanjin, the current crop of militant atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens and the perhaps lesser known … Read more »