Archive for August, 2011

08/08/11

Salient’s Fairooz Samy interviews Jeffery Deaver on his addition to the James Bond series, Carte Blanche The Bond series has such a rich mass of plot threads, characters, and iconography. How did you prioritise which facets of the novels to emphasise and which to downplay? I pretty much threw everything out. I wanted to write [...]

08/08/11

The arts are important. Important with a big, pretentious, Neil Gaiman capital ‘I’. It’s easy to place too much emphasis on the wrong question as we trudge through life—especially when the bulk of tertiary education focuses on the ‘how’s. The arts are the study of ‘why’. Like some liminal Lycra, culture holds everything in place; [...]

08/08/11

Ladies and gentlemen: Jane Wenley, the girl with a favourite blue bonnet who allowed me to print this: “I am on a bus! So sorry about this. Wil b there in 10. Feel free to say i am a late bitch in th interview!” So. What makes you laugh? Most things. Really? Yes. Tell me [...]

08/08/11

The international Dr Sketchy movement was founded in 2005 by artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes. Both were Art School dropouts who had a passion for art, founding Dr. Sketchy, effectively a live drawing class where the shows have a distinct lack of boring naked 50 year olds, with a whole lot more bouncing burlesque [...]

08/08/11

What does Dunedin actually sound like? The lo-fi, garage, experimental ethos is something which the South Island’s second largest city has been associated with since Toy Love started letting loose those sweet jangly guitar licks ages ago (or perhaps more accurately, the 80s). Dunedin is responsible for some of the most eclectic and influential music [...]

08/08/11

Last weekend it was made clear how the All White’s pathway to the next World Cup in Brazil will look by a draw made by a shockingly fat Ronaldo in Rio. To my surprise, the draw was conducted corruption-free (a FIFA first), leaving the All Whites a pretty positive scenario: win in Oceania, and beat [...]

08/08/11

When I was told that Mason Ward fashions art out of sheet metal, I envisioned some terrifying creations. I was not expecting silver bunnies and the most adorable dragon I’ve ever clapped eyes on. Did you know while you were at school that you were into art? Yeah, I knew I was. But when I [...]

08/08/11

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that everyone reading knows what the word ‘homo’ refers to. Ditto for ‘dyke’. But just in case you don’t, they’re oft-pejorative terms for men and women who have sex with others of their own gender. Glad we’ve got that cleared up. The reason most people [...]

08/08/11

On November 1, 1765, The British Parliament was set to levy a Stamp Act on the Thirteen American Colonies. This stamp tax, which would tax the printed page, hit the fledging American newspaper industry particularly hard. Many believed they were witnessing the ‘death of the newspaper’. This, of course, was partly the intention—to nip America’s [...]