Archive for April, 2006

World Words

World Words

by / April 6, 2006 / No Comments

Writers International is Wellington’s first multi-ethnic writers’ group – a place where refugee, ex-pat and new New Zealand writers who are unfamiliar with this country’s publishing formalities are welcome to share their work. World Words is a collection of the work which has been through Writers International meetings. The first two thirds of the book [...]

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Me, You, and Everyone We Know

Me, You, and Everyone We Know

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

The screening for You, Me and Everyone We Know was packed, and I mean really packed; every seat was filled shoulder-to-shoulder except for the first three rows. It was really nostalgic, like in 1991 when I was five and I watched Beauty and the Beast in a full cinema. I hadn’t experienced that in a [...]

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Rent

Rent

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

Rent touches on everything that a musical needs. It has complicated love stories, failed stars, and dirt-poor bohemian artists struggling to make it big. And to add to all of that, they can’t pay their rent and have AIDS. This is the archetypal New York tenement neighbourhood, apparently, which initially I found to be fairly [...]

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Mrs Henderson Presents

Mrs Henderson Presents

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

Based on a true story, Mrs Henderson Presents is a fantastic period film about the history of the Windmill Theatre in London’s West End. I really enjoyed the nearly full cinema, but as I scanned the crowd I realised it was full of conservatively dressed over-40 year olds. I felt rather out of place watching [...]

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Lord Of War

Lord Of War

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

Sometimes an action movie can be forgiven for a terrible screenplay. Bad lines have worked a certain magic for Arnie and Keanau Reeves, but when clichés dribble from the lips of every character, in every scene, like bolognaise sauce at a cheap Italian restaurant it’s hard not to cringe. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to [...]

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my favourite writer is…Muriel Spark (1918-)

my favourite writer is…Muriel Spark (1918-)

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

Dubbed the ‘Queen of Poetry’ in her high school years, Spark has always been a writer. Before her success as a novelist, she worked in journalism and publishing, writing poetry and essays, one of which grew into an excellent biography of Mary Shelley. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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The Night Watch

The Night Watch

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This novel tells the story of four young people struggling to live normal lives in the wake of the Second World War. It is narrated backwards, beginning in 1947, retrospectively showing us how their lives fit together. Through the characters’ experiences in 1947, then 1944, and finally 1941, we are able to see the influences [...]

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Leaving Home

Leaving Home

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

“Not everyone is born to fulfil an heroic role,” states Emma Roberts, the narrator of Leaving Home, implying that even unheroic types, like herself, can console themselves with the fact that they are relevant in their own way. Brookner lets Emma come to this conclusion on the last page of the book, after putting her [...]

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China Inc.

China Inc.

by / April 3, 2006 / No Comments

In the last few years, there has been an explosion in the market for readable non-fiction books on politics and economics, mostly thanks to Stupid White Men (the Michael Moore book, not the National MPs). This has seen the release of a plethora of knock-offs attacking the American government, which, while fun to read, are [...]

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Art To Know For Dinner Party Conversations

Art To Know For Dinner Party Conversations

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Asmat Shield 20th century Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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