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Radical honesty: EMA’s The Future’s Void

Erica M. Anderson’s recently released second solo album, The Future’s Void, has been for the most part well-received by critics – albeit with some caveats. Read more »

The brand new Kill Your Darlings Podcast

We are very pleased to launch the first Kill Your Darlings podcast of 2014! Produced by Jessica Alice and Meaghan Dew, the new hour-long format has allowed us to bring in more contributors and go into more depth with each quarterly production. In this podcast we speak … Read more »

One foot in, one foot out: why the best critics are all tangled up in what they’re criticising

Last month, The Guardian published ‘What’s Wrong With the Modern World’, an excerpt from Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming The Kraus Project. Because we’re on the internet, and because we tweet and share and create our own little echo chambers, we’ve all read it. If you haven’t, well, it’s … Read more »

Military Vision: Embracing accelerated change

For artists, the accelerated rate of technological change presents an interesting conundrum. It has always been difficult to make statements about technology that will maintain their relevance for more than a few years, but the Cambrian explosion of contemporary digital technology has amplified this problem. As an … Read more »

God in the Machine: Peter Carey’s The Chemistry of Tears

The root of the word ‘automaton’ is the Greek automatos, or ‘acting of itself’. A lifelike machine is an uncanny and fertile image, and forms the central metaphor that propels the plots and subplots of Peter Carey’s latest novel The Chemistry of Tears. The themes evoked by … Read more »

The art of disconnecting: William Powers’ Hamlet’s Blackberry [review]

My dad was the first person I knew to get a mobile phone. I remember when he first brought it home from work and my older sister and I marvelled over it, dreaming of the day we too would own a mobile phone. He hated it. He … Read more »

Review: Tom McCarthy’s C

For a while now we have been told that fiction is dying, if not already dead. This year alone, three eminent critics—Ted Genoways, David Shields, and Lee Siegel—have taken turns vivisecting the corpse. Nowadays, they say, fiction groans under the weight of its own artificial apparatus. The … Read more »