Killings brings you our fortnightly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us from our writing.

This is a meme we are very into. How do you make feminist theory more appealing? You put Ryan Gosling on it. (This one’s our favourite. And this one)

Criticsm of criticism of criticism. Great essay in the L.A. Review of Books on the recent works of the most influential literary critics, and a reflection on the nature and worth of lit crit.

Crikey reports an interesting debate happening in the comments section of Tara Moss’s blog about female authors and The Stella Prize.

A lovely piece on the importance of the footnote — ‘the bumps and curves of the author’s mind seem to be laid plain on the paper’ — and its potential death in the era of the e-book.

Really disturbing advice from ‘the Cornflakes guy’ (John Harvey Kellogg) on the effects of reading fiction on female bodies. A great piece of ephemera discovered by Literary Minded.