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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

In recent years Neil Gaiman has become a pocket of the internet’s nerd crush of choice, thanks to the success of books (and their adaptations) like Coraline, the enduring relevance of his fantastic Sandman series, and his relationship to fellow internet crush Amanda Palmer. Like any cultural icon that draws a rabid and loud fan […]

May 29, 2017

Not feeling bleak enough? Need a good distraction that’s darker than the final weeks of semester? Give The Vegetarian a try! It’s okay kids, before you go shouting out “BUT WHAT ABOUT BACON THOUGH,” please know that I’m not here to convert anyone to a meat-free diet. That being said, once you’re done with this one… you may […]

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 […]

May 22, 2017

New Zealand society does not just have a tolerance for a high incarceration rate but an enthusiasm for it. This quote from Tracey McIntosh sets the tone of Counterfutures 3: a collection of critical essays, creative non-fiction, interviews, and reviews exploring leftist thought and practice regarding incarceration in Aotearoa. As described by John W. Buttle […]

May 22, 2017

Zadie Smith was one of those authors who I’d heard of and completely dismissed because she sounded like another postmodern, over-praised, elitist circler of the prize-winning circuit. This was based on mainly the fact that she was a contemporary writer, and the design of her book covers. I’m a fickle, snobbish reader. Books are where […]

May 22, 2017

I know that everybody’s already read Hera Lindsay Bird You have scrutinised the poems……………….and the poet But it’s late on a Monday and my flatmate is the books editor and I’m Doing her a solid.   The thing with Hera’s poetry is………………………………….. It’s ineffable……………………………………….. “It’s like the World of Wearable Art.” There’s a reason she’s […]

May 15, 2017

Orwell is fashionable at the moment, particularly for Nineteen Eighty-Four. People are certain that they live in a time when their fundamental rights are in jeopardy, and a small group of elites are tearing down society, brick by brick, to their profit and our loss. While history never makes an exact copy of itself, it […]