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AuthorJayne Mulligan

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September 24, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Maggie Nelson Publisher: Graywolf Press   I picked this book up, knowing it was meant to be the thing, and read a few random pages. The wide set margins, paragraph breaks, and names in the margins unnerved me—there was something going on, and this something was a thing I wouldn’t be able to […]

July 24, 2016

“If somebody doesn’t like this painting… then I know they can’t be my friend.” — Madonna, to Vanity Fair in 1991, on Frida Kahlo’s painting My Birth.   Jayne accidentally underwent a Frida Kahlo immersion experience. On the Friday night she attended La Casa Azul at Circa Theatre, and the following Saturday she drove to […]

July 17, 2016

The holidays meant many of you got a break; meanwhile the exec were busy slaving away over work reports, committee meetings, policy committees, and a raft of other fun and exciting endeavours. Also there was heaps of free bread—or did you miss those Snapchats and Instagrams? The exec meetings have been about as enjoyable as […]

May 8, 2016

We turned up and were the last ones there, classic Salient. Chrissy asked if Emma had brought a bottle of Scrumpy, but it was just a San Pellegrino bottle, we wish it was cider. We didn’t get an agenda, which only served to make the unfolding meeting a surprise from point to point. We didn’t […]

April 10, 2016

The Thursdays in Black (TIB) campaign was officially launched by several speakers at VUWSA’s IGM last Wednesday. Ella Cartwright spoke about the background of the campaign, as well as its resuscitation and importance (it was initially spearheaded in the 1980s by Jan Logie). Cartwright said VUWSA had been very supportive of the campaign; and talked […]

October 11, 2015

I had planned to write on Patti Smith’s new book, M Train, this week. I had schmoozed a rep at Allen & Unwin to convince her I should get an advance copy. Days later it arrived, and I began. I had a list of books to read; I had a planned schedule, and M Train […]

October 4, 2015

CF Goldie, or Karl Sim, died in 2013 as New Zealand’s only convicted art forger.

October 4, 2015

For this one, I read a lot of reviews. It was my first Franzen, you see. But nevertheless, it didn’t feel right. So I needed to see what others, those who knew his work better, were thinking. Gawker proclaims, “Call a piece of shit a piece of shit!”, while The Atlantic is more ready to […]

September 27, 2015

I’m not really sure when I started hating him. It probably grew out of impatience around the paleo diet—it sounds a lot like any other high-protein-and-vegetables low carb diet that has ever been created ever, except the marketing guy struck gold with the whole “caveman” thing. And Pete bloody Evans bloody loves it. For those […]