The year is up and running and I’m having lots of fun writing pop culture columns for Kill Your Darlings. My favourite ones to write were about cats and BuzzFeed. Here’s a little peek…
From ‘BuzzFeed Quizzes Understand Me’:
If you use social media regularly – Facebook, in particular – you’ll have completed a BuzzFeed quiz during the past month. Don’t deny it. Even if you didn’t share your results online, deep down you’re still feeling smug because the ‘What Should You Actually Eat For Lunch?’ quiz confirmed that eating ice cream was, in fact, an appropriate meal for your personality type. Or because you’re most similar to 1980s Batman (as opposed to all the other Batmans).
From ‘Cats are Popular and Always Have Been’:
The online cat photo is now officially more popular than the selfie, The Telegraph reported two weeks ago. According to research undertaken by the Three network, 3.8 million cat photos or videos are shared each day by British web users, compared with only 1.4 million selfies. This is unsurprising – whether you like cats or not, it’s likely your Facebook feed is inundated by Lolcats or videos of large cats squeezing themselves into fishbowls at any given time.
So far, I’ve also written about Justin Timberlake, and girl bands, and Justin Bieber going to jail. Next week I’m writing about my fave reality TV show.
I’m stoked to announce that Kill Your Darlings journal have taken me on board as their Pop Culture columnist for 2014. This means I’ll be writing short pieces for their blog each fortnight, and my first one was published today – it’s a review of Beyoncé’s new visual album, which she sprung upon fans before Christmas. You can read it here.
I’ve also had a couple of reviews published in Zadok Perspectives, a Christian social issues journal – one review was of three feminist books from last year (Destroying the Joint, Anna Krien’s Night Games, and Women and Power from the Griffith Review) and the other review was of Tim Winton’s Eyrie.
I followed up last month’s essay on the hype leading up to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special (published in Kill Your Darlings No. 15) with a review of the actual special, which I was lucky enough to see at the cinema.
Here’s my run down of the film!
I also have some very exciting news about writing next year … so watch this space.
Billie Piper as ‘The Moment’ in the Doctor Who Anniversary Special.
I’ve never written directly about politics before, but I gave it a crack over the past few weeks after the Coalition announced it would be slashing ‘ridiculous’ humanities projects that ‘left taxpayers scratching their heads’.
Mainly I was annoyed that a) politicians were using a pre-existing social bias against the worth of humanities in order to garner votes, b) politicians were making claims about research they know nothing about, without consulting experts and c) politicians did not discuss importance of the humanities. Even though the study of politics is part of the humanities. Read the deal here at the KYD blog.
The latest issue of Kill Your Darlings has arrived – and features my essay about Doctor Who fandom over the past fifty years. I wrote this in celebration of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special to be screened in November this year. Read an extract of the article here, order a copy here, or pick up a copy from Readings.
Rad news! I’ve been asked to do one of my favourite things: rant about television, in public, at a bar. The gig is the “TV night in”, hosted by Kill Your Darlings, as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Here’s the official blurb (full link here):
People who love TV consume programs vehemently and discuss fervently, yet there are few avenues for writers to critically engage with television as a central focus. From recappers to ‘shippers’, spoilers to distribution streams, this event will consider the different ways television is (and isn’t) being written about.
Featuring: KYD’s Stephanie Van Schilt and regular contributors Luke Ryan, Mel Campbell, Rochelle Siemienowicz and Julia Tulloh Harper.Come along!
It’s Tues 28th May, 9pm, at Thousand Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne. And it’s FREE!
In other news…I updated my writing section. Okbye.
1. Kill Your Darlings Issue #10 got a write-up in last weekend’s papers, and my Del Rey article got a mention! Read about it here.
2. My latest Killings column was published a few weeks ago – an interview with Helen Hughes, co-editor of the totally rad new contemporary art journal, Discipline. Hughes told me all about how the journal started and why it’s so special (it is, you should read it). Interview here.