Recent Columns

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.

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2014!

Beyonce.

Beyonce.

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.

MORE on Doctor Who!

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.

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Billie Piper as ‘The Moment’ in the Doctor Who Anniversary Special.

Politics, monies, and humanities research

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.