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    Kill your darlings

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    Editor: Rebecca Starford

    Deputy Editor: Hannah Kent

    Online Editor: Imogen Kandel

    Online Marketing Assistant: Emily Laidlaw

    Online Assistant: Stephanie Van Schilt

    Editorial Assistants: Brigid Mullane, Christopher Fieldus

    PO Box 166, Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia



    Published by Kill Your Darlings Pty Ltd

    This collection Kill Your Darlings 2013

    Kill Your Darlings 12, 2013

    ISBN 978-0-9873406-6-5, ISSN 1837-638X

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    without the prior permission of Kill Your Darlings.

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    Cover illustration: Guy Shield

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    Kill Your Darlings accepts unsolicited submissions. Please visit the website for all


    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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    5 Editorial


    9 Unquiet Graves: Returning to East Timor


    27 Randolph Stow: An Ambivalent Australian


    38 Into the Crater: Public Nudity on a Japanese Volcano

    Robbie Arnott travels to Japan where he is unexpectedly propositioned.

    46 Staying Away: A Memoir of Wisconsin

    Amy Espeseth on faith, visiting her hometown, and the death of her dear friend.

    56 Of Monsters and Monogamists: In Search of Love

    Lee Kofman on trying to live and love non-monogamously.

    69 Sampling Steinbeck: A Re-encounter with The Log from

    the Sea of Cortez


    77 Flags of My Father: The Question of National Identity


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    89 At Rotko Patrick Allington

    104 An Illusion Caused by the World

    Spinning Around Helen Dinmore


    125 Kill Your Darlings in conversation with David Vann


    149 We Are The World: The Dave Eggers Phenomenon

    Caroline Hamilton on the 'one-man zeitgeist': novelist, publisher and philanthropist Dave Eggers.

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    How much do you know about East Timor, our nearest neighbour, just an hours flight from Darwin? Having gained independence after a bloody struggle with Indonesia in 1999, East Timor is now carving an autonomous identity, which is no easy task. One of the poorest countries in the world, close to 50 per cent of East Timors adult population is illiterate. Basic services and systems that we take for granted such as hospitals, schools, public transport and roads are still lacking. And with the United Nations pulling out in August 2012 and violence rumbling in the streets, more civil and ethnic unrest threatens to resurge.

    Jill Jolliffe is one of Australias most respected journalists and foreign correspondents, and she has spent a large part of her career toiling in the complex machinations of East Timors political system and social fabric. Her acclaimed 2001 book, Cover-Up: The Inside Story of the Balibo Five, recounts the infamous murder of her journalist colleagues in 1975.

    Jill recently returned to East Timor for the first time in over a decade, visiting sites made notorious after the deaths of the Five. She encounters the excavation of mass graves and the enduring holes in the murder investigation, and finds herself increasingly troubled by Chinas ever-growing influence in the region.

    In other commentary, Gabrielle Carey writes about the mercurial Australian novelist Randolph Stow, and his ambivalent relationship to his homeland. In a chapter

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    from her memoir-in-progress, Lee Kofman describes with candour and honesty her experiences searching for non-monogamous relationships, and the challenges and prejudice shes encountered on her quest to live according to these principles. Elsewhere, Robbie Arnott bares all, literally, on the summit of a Japanese volcano, after an unexpected encounter with a French photographer.

    In Fiction, Miles Franklin long-listed novelist Patrick Allingtons story At Rothko is a comical account of family dynamics, while Helen Dinmores An Illusion Caused by the World Spinning Around is a lyrical coming-of-age story set in a commune.

    Kill Your Darlings is in conversation with US novelist David Vann, whose critically-acclaimed cycle of stories set in Alaska, Legend of a Suicide, cast him onto the world stage, while in Reviews KYD regular Caroline Hamilton writes about the enduring charm of US writer and publisher Dave Eggers, a one-man zeitgeist.

    Were massive fans of Eggers work particularly his advocacy of literacy. Carolines insightful piece is an inspiring account of what innovation in publishing can achieve, and highlights the challenges of writing non-fiction with the force of celebrity seeping into the stories.

    Happy reading!

    Rebecca Starford, Editor

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    Returning to East Timor

    Jill Jolliffe

    After a long absence Im back in East Timor on a hit-and-run reporting raid to probe new issues and grapple with memories: Balib, corpses, East Timors so-called China syndrome and its relations with Australia are on the agenda.

    I set off first for Balib with my young friend, Elvis Sarmento Guterres, in a car rented from Sebastio and Sandra da Silvas car yard in Dilis west. Sebastio is a fine Timorese artist whose car rentals bankroll his painting. I needed to hire a car with a driver and he recommended Roberto, a cheery, cheeky chappie in cargo pants and a back-to-front baseball cap. He and Elvis size each other up slowly, sideways, like dogs cautiously circling and sniffing, then bond instantly. For the duration of the 140km drive to the border they talk incessantly in Tetm, cracking jokes, most of which are about East Timors prime minister Xanana Gusmo. Im not sure whether theyre derogatory or admiring they certainly seem hilarious.

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    Travelling westward along the coast we come to the old prison at Aipelo, used by the Portuguese in colonial times to disembark deportados political dissidents also known as red legionnaires who were transported from Lisbon to exile in this most distant of colonies. Rebellious local chiefs (liurais) were also imprisoned, some dying here. By the time of the Indonesian withdrawal, the historic building was falling down and overgrown with weeds. In a prime example of opportunism the Indonesian administration signposted the site as evidence of Portuguese cruelty, which it was, but it paled into insignificance compared to Indonesias torture record in East Timor.

    I ask Roberto to stop because I can see that a restoration is underway the building has been cleaned and partly repaired and the weeds have gone. Some Timorese youths seated outside tell me it was initiated by the Secretariat of Culture, responsible for heritage buildings. Although the old Indonesian sign remains (perhaps overlooked), there are some new signs outside with histories of the liurais who perished: Dom Felix Damio Ribeiro of Aileu, Dom Feliciano Pires of Laleia and Dom Caetano of Balib, as well as a commoner called Manu Hada who fought in the nationalist revolt quashed in 1912.

    The seaward view from the Aipelo prison is of the OmbaiWetar Straits, a deep seawater channel key to international complicity in Indonesias 1975 invasion. Michael Richardson of the Age published a story in August 1976 on talks in Washington where senior United States officials warned Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser and foreign minister Andrew Peacock of American interest

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