but can you eat it?


Gruffy responds to the advance copies of my book Killing with the magisterial indifference she reserves for the non-edible world. Me, on the other hand, well, I’m quite chuffed.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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  1. She turn into a black panther at midnight? Now THAT would change my mind, but nothing short of that. I just don't see the point of inedible/non-producing domesticated animals. When does 'Killing' hit our shelves?

    • Re: Maxine commented on but can you eat it? She gets pretty savage when the cat food comes out. Book’s due in July. (Don’t worry — you’ll all hear about it).

  2. I think Gruff is actually saying that killing is not a misadventure – it's a natural part of eating and don't you forget it!

  3. Do people really think that much about whether or not people like their work. Isn't this rather shackling in the creative process? My God, if I did that, I wouldn't write anything at all. A very wise writer (credit to Joel Deane) once told me that his job was to write the book the way he wanted and to the best of his ability, and that once that was done, his job as a writer ended. Whatever happened next was out of his control…

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