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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 […]

September 11, 2017

When I was taught certain things about New Zealand history in high school I took them as objective truth. When they told me that Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand I absorbed that information as truth, even as my bones knew that Māori had been here long before. When my education prioritised teaching about World War […]

August 21, 2017

August 20, undoubtedly the date of many a person’s birthday. But there is one in particular that often goes unnoticed. One of my favourite authors, H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday is overlooked by most. In fact, many people are unaware of who he even is. To my dismay, at mention of his name I am often met […]

August 21, 2017

When characters become likeable, it’s easier for me to get behind them and support them. Ivan Denisovich suffers from so many struggles and challenges in one day that it is not long at all before you start caring and rooting for him. This novel, as the title suggests, covers one day in the life of […]

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 […]