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AuthorBK Drinkwater

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BK Drinkwater's actual origins are shrouded in mystery, but it is said that he sprang from the summit of Taranaki fully formed, four days after the birth of Aristotle. He resents having been overshadowed in this way.

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July 14, 2008

226–256 Lambton Quay Borders is Wellington’s biggest bookshop, and one of the newest. Prior to its opening there was apprehension that the 800-pound gorilla of chain bookstores would gobble up all the competition in town and replace it with 52-week Dan Brown festivals and sundry other tributes to the mediocre and blandly commercial.

May 26, 2008

New Fiction Mo Zhi Hong, The Year of the Shanghai Shark (Auckland, Penguin, 2008) Hai Long is an orphaned pickpocket, living with his uncle on the money provided by rich foreigners’ wallets in the North-Eastern Chinese city of Dalian during 2003 – the year of SARS and the invasion of Iraq.

May 19, 2008

The Third Policeman Flann O’Brien Brian O’Nolan’s job prevented him from writing under his own name, so over the course of hundreds of newspaper columns and God only knows how many letters to the editor of The Irish Times, he wrote under noms de plume. In fact, he wrote under so many different names that […]

May 19, 2008

I know of plenty of book-lovers in this town who’d never heard of Quilters until I pointed out its existence, and of at least two who struggled to find it after that. This is odd because Lambton Quay isn’t exactly a super-subtle hiding place.

May 5, 2008

Cecil John Rhodes may have represented a dead end in the evolution of political philosophy, but in a fight with a man who represents a dead end in the evolution of the higher apes, this shouldn’t be seen as a problem. Rhodes is a lock for the fight with Mugabe, even from beyond the grave.

April 28, 2008

A Strong Start to the Season Chamber Music New Zealand’s Concert Season in Wellington for 2008 kicked off with a fabulous night at the Town Hall on April 9. The Eggner Trio, consisting of three Viennese brothers, Christoph (piano), Georg (violin), and Florian (cello) Eggner, played a very well-attended and even better-received programme of Mozart, […]

March 17, 2008

A collaboration of Philip Glass with Leonard Cohen seems logical in hindsight, but the success of a joint effort by two men with such distinct — and distinctive — artistic personalities cannot have been a foregone conclusion.