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September 25, 2011

Politics and social media are like air and fire—both are neccessary, but combining the two only make both worse. This extends beyond the political parties themselves; they are selling a product and it makes sense for them to utilise any and all ad space available. They are not the true threat to social media, their […]

September 5, 2011

The ethics of being a mistress “There is a good deal of debate about the importance of [Lady] Walston in Greene’s life. She clearly is the inspiration for The End of the Affair” – The Telegraph‘s review of The End Of The Affair by Graham Greene. How Lady Walston would feel about such a remark […]

April 10, 2011

The difference between the belief in a higher power, and squabbling over member proportionality is stark. Beliefs are the opinions that govern your life, and, if you’re gaining these from on high, politics might not be nearly as important to you as it is to others—but philosophical belief and a belief in a just way […]

March 14, 2011

Mate, I have lived a life of quiet desperation. Sure, I’ve had some financial success (well, more than my mate Matthew—poor bastard thought people would pay to clean their own cars). I made some fucking juice money, even brought out a line of smoothies. But none of this smoothies out the hole in my heart. […]

February 28, 2011

What would love and relationships be without the arts? Film, literature, the drunk text—all of these have an indelible effect on how we perceive the parts of the world and ourselves that we are yet to see. Of course these portrayals are fiction. Most love songs are lies, most lovers aren’t ‘the one’: we know […]

February 21, 2011

Salient’s Haimona Gray interviews the Binge Culture Collective’s Rachel Baker and Ralph Upton about their latest production This Rugged Beauty. It’s a play about Kiwiana, childhood, nostalgia, longing, and how these things are tied up with our national myths of golden days and golden weather. On another level, it’s a huge, doomed ad for New […]

August 9, 2010

Absence makes the heart grow fonder—this is why we print this column every week, lest your longing turn into following me around on the weekend with goggles. After last week’s Wiseauian catastrophe, this edition of ‘Engaging etc’ is dedicated to answering some of your questions (and there may even be the return of an ‘Engaging’ […]

August 2, 2010

Students no longer able to sub-let the hot-water cupboard The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill was passed into law last month, introducing a number of amendments to the law governing rental properties. The changes give more security to renters with greater clarity over rent hikes and multiple bonds, but also greatly increase the powers of landlords […]

August 2, 2010

The man, the myth, the nondescript European accent. Tommy Wiseau made a bold step when he chose schadenfreude softcore porn over the more traditional ‘treatise’ as the vehicle for his philosophical magnum opus, but his choice was the right one. The written philosophical essay has always been lacking the spice of fake pregnancies and plastic […]