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Three reasons to Kill Your Darlings.


If Kill Your Darlings journal was a person, she would probably exists as a strange amalgam of Beyoncé and Penny Wong. The Melbourne-based publication is consistently clever, sometimes sassy, and, most importantly, fiercely independent. In other words, you would definitely want to be her friend.

Since its founding in 2010, Kill Your Darlings has cemented itself as a staple of the Australian literary scene, offering solid commentary, criticism and fiction each quarter.

As expected, the July 2014, Issue 18 serves up the literary goods. Surely you don’t even need a reason to support independent Australian publishing. But heck, here’s three really good ones:

KYD18-2D-HighResolution1. New to the Yabba | Into the Aussie Badlands. Briohny Doyle recounts desert road trip experiences reminiscent of 70s Australian horror film, Wake in Fright: a curious pervert in a Coober Pedy caravan park prompts a comparison to one of the film’s eery characters; a local pub fleshes out a fictional bar sequences (“the whole scene is filled with grunts and thwacks and that’s bloody rights”). Doyle elegantly combines personal narrative and social critique as she toils to understand her relationship to the Australian landscape.

2. Dirty Money | How Political Donations Undermine Our Democracy. “Politics, it turns out, is expensive business,”writes David Donaldson in his comment piece on the murky waters of Australian political donations. Donaldson provides an enlightening look at the largely invisible machinations of what he terms “one of the most laissez-faire political finance regimes in the world.”
3. Fiction | Silence Once Begun. An extract from Jesse Ball’s latest book Silence Once Begun details, step-by-step, a prisoner’s long walk to the execution room. Ball writes with crisp detachment: “The guards do not wear different uniforms. You are not offered a cigarette. You do not go outside to be taken elsewhere in a covered van. Whatever event you have imagined, it is empty and meaningless.”An eerily mechanical passage from the American author’s novel about a spate of disappearances in a Japanese town.

Plus: Bethany Blanchard interviews satirist Gary Shteyngart; Ambelin Kwaymullina reflects on being an indigenous writer of speculative fiction; Elizabeth Bryer explains human relation to tools and our age-old fear of being murdered by them; there’s an extract from Luke Ryan’s memoir ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo’; Tim Byrne considers the future of Melbourne’s independent theatre scene; Lee Kofman muses about literary muses; Annie Raser-Rowland mourns the poisoning of her local wild blackberries.

More fiction is provided by Ruby J Murray’s ’After the Fires’. Rounding out the review section is Caroline Hamilton’s take on the cultural appropriation of Hilton Als’latest book, and Danielle Binks’ lamentation of the lack of LGBTQI characters in young adult fiction.

If this is all too much and you can’t quite wait for a tangible copy to come your way, visit the KYD website for archived articles and daily killings.

By Kimberley Thomson

Kill Your Darlings issue 18 is available as one of our current Voiceworks subscriber offers. 

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