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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, start things off with a discussion about cultural appropriation, bouncing off a now infamous keynote speech given by Lionel Shriver at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Pertinent links are as follows:

  • Full transcript of Lionel Shriver's speech in The Guardian
  • Response to Shriver speech by Yassmin Abdel-Magied in The Guardian
  • Repsonse by festival volunteer Yen-Rong
  • Nike Sulway on Shriver, straw men and writing about others
  • Jim Hines on Shriver and cultural appropriation
  • Joe Aston in the Financial Review with an article that could be more accurately titled "How To Be A Dick: A Performance Piece".

The actual theme for the podcast this month was First Read/Re-Read. Kirstyn and Ian have each selected a book they read and loved a long, long time ago but which the other had never read before. Up for reminiscing and dissection are Savage Season by Joe R. Lansdale [33:40], chosen by Ian, and The Pillow Friend by Lisa Tuttle [1:04:00] which was Kirstyn's pick.


If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:37:50 for final remarks. Up for discussion next month are two recent Shirley Jackson Award winners:

Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

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