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  • N E W F I C T I O N | C O M M E N T A R Y | E S S A Y S | R E V I E W S

    Kill your darlings

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  • Kill Your Darlings

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    Kill Your Darlings 22, 2015

    Publishing Directors Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent

    Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford

    Editor Brigid Mullane

    Deputy Editor Hop Dac

    Online Editor Veronica Sullivan

    Online Deputy Editor Samantha Forge

    Interviews Editor Gerard Elson

    Marketing Coordinator Briony Kent

    Editorial Assistants Meaghan Dew, Ashleigh Hanson

    Published by Kill Your Darlings Pty Ltd

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    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through

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  • 5 Editorial


    9 Death Trends | Hashtag Activism and the Rise of Online Grief

    Gillian Terzis investigates how social media affects grief and the ways

    we mourn.

    25 In Search of Lost Sleep | Through the Fog of Fatigue

    Eleanor Hogan searches for a cure to the insomnia that has dogged her for years.

    45 The Anzac Myth | Holocaust Denial and the Birth of the Australian Nation

    On the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, Tim Robertson looks at an often ignored element of the Anzac legend.

    8LI8EWQERMER&S]`%7LYJISJXLI(IGO Jessie Cole recalls an unexpected encounter.

    71 The Privilege of Starvation | On Art and Creative Writing Courses

    Omar Sakr looks at the myth of the starving artist.

    83 A Conscious Choice | Remaining Childfree in an Uncertain World

    Diane White speaks to people who choose to remain childless for environmental reasons.

    95 The Importance of Being Hairy | Waxing, Shaving and Other Unnecessary Thrills %VE7EVEER learns to accept his hirsuteness.


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    105 Those Who Know We Are Here | Jessica Au

    123 The Race | Sonja Dechian

    INTERVIEW 137 Gerard Elson in Conversation with Nick Cave

    REVIEWS 167 No Such Thing As Monsters | Shirley Jackson and the Unspeakable Everyday

    Carody Culver revisits Shirley Jacksons seminal short story, The Lottery.

    181 Words, Flesh and Tech | Contemporary Literature and Our Future Selves

    Rachel Hennessy looks at intimacy and anxiety in the recent novels of Dave Eggers, Michel Faber and Margaret Atwood.

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    Welcome to Issue 22 of Kill Your Darlings. As we go to print, the arts community is reeling from recent cuts to Australia Council funding. As proud recipients of Australia Council funding, Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent have penned an open letter, which helps illuminate the issue. I encourage you to read the letter on our website and sign the petition.

    In this issue we celebrate everything that Kill Your Darlings does best made possible by the support of our funders and our readers promoting great, Australian writing.

    In this issues lead feature Death Trends: Hashtag Activism and the Rise of Online Grief , Gillian Terzis looks at the changing ways in which we experience and publicise grief. On the back of the outpouring of public mourning for the murders of Jill Meagher, Masa Vukotic and Stephanie Scott, Gillian looks at what it means to grieve online, and examines if public grief is ever a real impetus for change.

    Elsewhere in Commentary, Tim Robertson looks at the Armenian genocide and our blind spot in the Anzac legend. Omar Sakr examines the myth of the starving artist, and how the perception of the writer as a tragic figure creates barriers to the actual creation of art. Eleanor Hogan battles with sleeplessness in her inquisitive look

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    at insomnia, while Diane White interviews people who have chosen to be childless for environmental reasons. We have a moving piece of memoir from Jessie Cole and a humorous look at hairiness from Ara Sarafian.

    In Fiction, the issue features a new story from Jessica Au entitled Those Who Know We Are Here, and we also have an extract from Sonja Dechians upcoming short story collection, An Astronauts Life.

    In Interview, we were lucky to secure an extended interview with Nick Cave. In this illuminating discussion, our interviewer and Nick Cave cover everything from song creation to Miley Cyrus to dolphin penises. Its funny and frank and an absolute pleasure to read.

    In Reviews, Carody Culver revisits Shirley Jacksons lauded short story The Lottery, and looks at the horror within, while Rachel Hennessy looks at the depiction of human intimacy in Dave Eggerss, Margaret Atwoods and Michel Fabers latest books.

    Happy reading!

    Brigid Mullane | Editor

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  • COMMENTARYKYD ISSUE 22.indd 7 9/06/15 8:14 AM

  • Social media is by nature performative, its a marketplace in which we

    publicly jostle for ranking and approval.

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    Gillian Terzis

    In the days leading up to April 29, my social media feeds were dominated by scores of doleful messages imploring Indonesian President Joko Widodo to extend clemency to

    the condemned Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan

    and Myuran Sukumaran. Some held candlelight vigils

    and uploaded them to Instagram. Others chose to use a

    memespiration-like graphic with the text Because Im

    not the person I was 10 years ago and neither are they

    accompanied with the hashtag #IStandForMercy, and posted it on Facebook. An emotionally-charged video set to a

    plaintive piano melody also did the rounds, in which local

    celebrities pleaded with the prime minister to bring these

    boys home and show some balls platitudes that were in

    tune with the countrys broader emotional barometer but out

    Social media is by nature performative, its a marketplace in which we

    publicly jostle for ranking and approval.

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    of step with the realpolitik of foreign relations. Indeed, a few

    actors solemnly declared that the time for diplomacy is over.

    More haunting, at least for me, was the image Sukumaran

    had painted of a bleeding human heart, which was signed by

    all nine prisoners awaiting execution.

    Our constant connection to the news and to the

    opinions of others means that grief can easily become a

    viral phenomenon. I was in Jakarta on the day Chan and

    Sukumaran were transferred to Nusa Kambangan, an island

    off the southern coast of Java that is home to four active

    prisons, most of which were built by the Dutch before

    Indonesias independence. Its where former president Suharto

    imprisoned political dissidents and communist sympathisers,

    many of whom were left to languish for years, and where

    high-profile offenders terrorists, drug traffickers and the

    like await their death by firing squad. When, a few days

    later, Id heard through journalists in Jakarta that two coffins

    had arrived at the Australian embassy, it was hard to imagine

    a trajectory other than the one that would cause us distress.

    I dreaded the execution, but I also dreaded the ensuing

    response and the hectoring op-eds to come. We do not need

    to spare feelings for fear of being seen as arrogant westerners

    or hold back because Australia is so far from perfect witness

    our treatment of asylum seekers, witness the outrage of phone

    tapping the former Indonesian presidents wife, Gay Alcorn

    wrote in a highly emotive op-ed in The Guardian, before

    calling for a Bali boycott. I shared Alcorns horror over the

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