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Books

March 16, 2009

I began reading this novel last year, and stalled some way in, as I have known guys just like Deano and Nige in my years growing up in the provinces (coincidentally, the book is set in the 80s of provincial Otago). Despite my love of Sarkies’ plays, and the movie Scarfies, I put the book […]

March 16, 2009

Dexter by Design is the fourth book in Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series about Dexter Morgan, the serial killer you can love. If you haven’t read Dexter before, or seen the TV series, you’re missing out. Dexter works as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, and moonlights as a serial killer. He […]

March 9, 2009

This week, I’m going to diverge from recently published works to recommend a work of non-fiction, which carefully investigates and chronicles the actions of Timberlands, one of the poster-child State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) of the 90s, in its attempts to discredit opposition to its clear-felling practices in the West Coast Native Bush reserves during the […]

March 9, 2009

Field Punishment No. 1, by historian and Wellington College teacher David Grant, is the story of Archibald Baxter and Mark Briggs, who refused to fight in the First World War and were punished by being forcibly shipped to France, dragged (literally) through the trenches and strung up on poles (the titular punishment) where their hands […]

March 9, 2009

DC Comics 1986-1987 The release of Zach Snyder’s feature-film adaptation of Watchmen certainly got a lot of people buzzing; a great deal of ink’s been spilled (amongst other fluids). I’m not going to tell you why Watchmen is important, except to say I have nothing intelligent to add to the consensus that Watchmen is a […]

March 2, 2009

I heard Bridget give a reading from her novel at the Jimmy Bar, during a Summer Books Alive event for Writers & Readers, and laughed out loud so much that I had to get my hands on a copy. Van der Zijpp is a graduate of the VUW Institute of Modern Letters (IML) programme, and […]

March 2, 2009

Everything you’ve heard about Eleanor Catton is true. She is, quite simply, amazing. And her debut novel The Rehearsal has got critics, readers and writers alike all atwitter with excitement. Catton graduated from Bill Manhire’s Creative Writing Course in 2007 and already has a string of successes to her name. Her latest achievement is a […]

February 23, 2009

The Exhibition is open until the February 27, in Civic Square. Housed in two conjoined cargo containers, cleverly fitted out with gallery-style white-painted walls and halogen downlights, it’s worth a look just to see how much innovation the guys at Weta have used to put the exhibit together. Greg Broadmore has created some amazing artworks […]

February 23, 2009

Now listen up and listen good. You’re students now. You should read. Twitter doesn’t count. Fuck the planet, you need to read stuff on dead trees. Salient’s a good start, but unless you wanna be one of those sad sack’o’shit students who graduate after seven years a squillion Zim Dollars in debt and bitching about […]