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

    Kill your darlings


    Publishing Directors: Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent

    Editor: Rebecca Starford

    Deputy Editor: Brigid Mullane

    Online Editor: Emily Laidlaw

    Online Assistant: Jessica Alice

    Editorial Assistant: Christopher Fieldus

    Social Media Assistant: Samantha van Zweden

    PO Box 166, Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia



    Published by Kill Your Darlings Pty Ltd

    This collection Kill Your Darlings 2013

    Kill Your Darlings 15, 2013

    ISBN 978-0-9808076-0-8, ISSN 1837-638X

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    Cover illustration: Guy Shield

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    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the

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    5 Editorial


    9 Imaginary Futures: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Australia

    Michelle Dicinoski, author of recent memoir The Ghost Wife, tackles the long-overdue need for marriage equality in Australia, and considers what we can learn from developments overseas.

    20 A Car Fire in Suburbia: Malicious Property Damage

    An act of arson has Zo Barron contemplating the motives behind vandalism in Fremantle.

    29 Crusades and Kinship: Live Action Role Play in Melbourne

    Sam Bolton takes us to the realm of foam swords, elf ears and chainmail in his look at live action role play.

    37 A Public Engagement: The Art of Controversy

    Pepi Ronalds revisits the controversy of the Yellow Peril and examines the role of art in public spaces.

    46 On Exchange: Things Taken and Things Left Behind

    Laura Jean McKay travels to Indonesia and explores the nature of cultural exchange.

    53 Gambling on a Day in Hinnomunjie: Dostoyevsky in the High Country

    Kerrin OSullivan takes the Russian great to a day at the races.

    62 Writing the Fear: Climbing Everest and Conquering Anxiety

    Emma Rummery on anxiety, writing and climbing Everest.



    85 Control Daniel Ducrou

    96 Just Like Us Melanie Joosten


    111 Kill Your Darlings in conversation with Laurent Binet


    129 Beautiful and Damned: The Myths of Zelda Fitzgerald

    Rebecca Howden on how three recent novels re-imagine the life and rewrite the personality of one the literatures most infamous women.

    139 What Happens Next?: 50 Years of Doctor Who

    On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who Julia Tulloh delves into the world of Whovian fandom.

    149 Posthumous and Personal: Remembering David Rakoff

    Stephanie Van Schilt farewells the extraordinarily talented writer and performer David Rakoff and reviews his posthumous novel.


    Welcome to Issue 15 of Kill Your Darlings. A lot will have happened between the time weve gone to print and when youre reading this, namely the federal election. If were to trust the polls, Tony Abbott is currently tipped to be our next prime minister, and with this change in government comes the continuation of prejudicial marriage laws. Even if Kevin Rudd does perform a messianic miracle, his support for reform is tepid, most recently ruling out a referendum on the issue.

    Several years ago Michelle Dicinoski married her partner in the United States, only to return to Australia to have this marriage nullified at the immigration gates. Her lead feature in this issue, Imaginary Futures: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Australia, is an emotive call to arms, artfully reminding us how this discrimination continues to effect same-sex couples longing to marry and have their relationship recognised in this country.

    The opposition to marriage reform remains at odds with the attitudes of the electorate: a Sydney Morning Herald survey last year indicated that more than two thirds of Australians support the legalisation of same-sex marriage. So why are politicians not listening?

    Elsewhere in Commentary, Fremantle-based Zo Barron explores the nature of vandalism after a first-hand experience, and Pepi Ronalds revisits the controversy of the Yellow Peril and examines the role of art in public spaces.

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    Role-play and fandom are also explored in this issue: Sam Bolton takes us on an adventure through the world of swords, elf ears and chainmail in the increasingly popular live action role play, while Kate Goldsworthy investigates the world of slash and fanfiction with fascinating insight. Meanwhile, Laura Jean McKay and Emma Rummery have two very different travelling experiences one heading to Indonesia for the Bali Emerging Writers Festival (and catching the Chikungunya virus along the way) and the other on a quest to climb Mount Everest.

    In Fiction, we feature a new story from Daniel Ducrou, entitled Control, which is an incisive account of masculinity and fatherhood, while Melanie Joostens Just Like Us is a satirical account of a young couple striving to meet the expectations of modern life.

    In Interviews we had the pleasure of chatting with French literary sensation Laurent Binet, whose novel HHhH brought him international renown. In Reviews, Rebecca Howden discusses the literary reputations of Zelda Fitzgerald, Julia Tulloh remembers the past fifty years of Doctor Who, and Stephanie van Schilt commemorates the celebrated writer and performer David Rakoff, whose premature death last year robbed the world of an enduring talent.

    There have been more staff changes at Kill Your Darlings. Were delighted announce that Emily Laidlaw has been promoted to Online Editor, after Imogen Kandel has gone on to a new publicity role at Black Inc. Books. We thank Im for all her hard work with us and wish her all the very best she will be missed!

    Rebecca Starford, Editor



    The Fight for Marriage Equality in Australia

    Michelle Dicinoski

    When I was a kid, I hated the idea of marriage. Marriage meant I would have to cook someones tea every night, wash his clothes, share a bed all of which seemed like a lot of work. Second-wave feminism had shaken things up in the world, but my household, in Rockhampton in the 1980s, was yet to feel the effects of the tsunami. We were the first people in our street to get a microwave, but it would be years before my dad could use it.

    Marriage didnt seem to be a transition, or a rite of passage. It seemed to mark only an endless repetition of how things were: women doing womens work, men doing mens work, and life going on with a kind of inevitability. As a child, I didnt know what I wanted for my future, but I knew that wasnt it. If I could somehow have glimpsed the future, and seen myself marrying a woman, I might have fallen from my tree house in surprise.

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    Marriage equality has made some remarkable advances over the past year. The United States Supreme Court struck down the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had enshrined unequal treatment for same-sex couples in regard to federal matters. In France, same-sex marriage was legalised despite violent clashes between supporters and opponents. Closer to home, New Zealands parliament also legalised gay marriage before bursting spontaneously into a Maori love song in what must have been one of the most genuinely moving scenes in political life anywhere in recent times.

    In Australia in 2013, despite high levels of public support for same-sex marriage, and social media campaigns urging people to be on the right side of history, the law remains unchanged. As I write this, the federal election is fast approaching. Kevin Rudd has promised to introduce a marriage equality bill within a hundred days if hes re-elected, while Tony Abbott remains in opposition to marriage reform, despite his lesbian sister strongly advocating for change. Abbott says he wants to focus on bread and butter issues. For me, and for the millions of Australians who want the chance to marry or to see their sons and daughters or brothers and sisters marry this is a bread-and-butter issue. What could be more ordinary and everyday than marriage?

    Margaret Mahys The Changeover was one of my favourite books when I was in high school. Its about a teenage girl, Laura Chant, who rescues her tiny brother from a supernatural force that is slowly killing him. She does this by transforming changing over into a

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    witch, in a transition that is dangerous and unpredictable and frightening. My friend Egg and I both madly loved the book because it was smart, sexy and scary, and because Mahy managed to treat her young characters as whole and complex people, people tasked with real and serious challenges. With the help of a family of witches, Laura Chant transitions to save her brother. This involves a ritual, a physical change, and dange