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AuthorKimberley McIvor

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October 16, 2017

I was introduced to this novel by a bright, enthusiastic friend who adores it completely, can’t compliment it enough, and, since she is smart enough to be a law student, whose intellectual judgement I trust even though I am iffy about her career choice. The book was written in 1950s Australia, and tells the story […]

October 9, 2017

Maybe my timing is off with this review. I know the television show just got showered with Emmys, but it’s been available to watch for a while now. It’s the kind of show that you either binge immediately, or aren’t even aware of. But I don’t fall into either category. I decided on purpose I […]

October 2, 2017

I really want to go to Iceland. I couldn’t say why — I’m not a tramper and I find New Zealand repetitive. But Iceland in my mind is snow-covered sheet rock, blue silt hot pools, quietness, openness. I saw this movie with my brother called Rams. It’s set on an Icelandic sheep farm. Imagine an […]

September 25, 2017

I’m actually not all the way through this novel. It’s bloody long. But I’m a nerd for the 19th century, so here we are. Vanity is a tricky criticism to throw at someone. It seems straight forward — stop being so up yourself. It’s a Kiwi classic. But it’s not something we really believe in […]

September 18, 2017

What a strange story. I wish I understood the classical references better. I know about Antigone — she was the one in the cave with the dead brothers. And Medea — she killed her children. Classical figures serve their purpose as personified ideas to study and comprehend more clearly. So Medea isn’t just a devastated […]

August 14, 2017

The world is a wonderful place full of crazy nuts. Sometimes, it’s best to escape into a world that reflects our constant low-level panic that our world doesn’t really make sense. That way, we can be reassured that we’re not alone in thinking this — Terry Pratchett crafted us who are perpetual worriers a life […]

July 17, 2017

Some weeks ago I conducted my first interview with a published writer in a café when the sun had gone down. It was utterly glamourous. We spoke for an hour and a half and failed to discuss her book. When I made clumsy attempts to direct the conversation towards it, she wasn’t that interested. She […]

June 6, 2017

The clearest form of opinion in writing is the critique. The review. The essay. Writers are biased critics. Critics will over-extend when they attempt to write. And university reviewers can make definitive statements six ways from Sunday, but honestly they’re flying by the seat of their pants. Opinions about literature aren’t as cool as they […]

May 29, 2017

Dave Eggers is self-aware. But not as self-aware as I am, writing this review and acknowledging that I’m attempting to recreate Eggers’ self-aware literary style, which is aware not only that his book is fiction, but that he is aware how he is trying to make the reader aware that his book is fiction, and […]