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Books

March 17, 2008

This book is six hundred and seventy five pages long. After an hour of reading resulted in barely enough turned pages to keep the front cover from flopping shut, I was ready to throw in the towel. The glimmering prospect of Salient inclusion wasn’t as enticing as lots more free time to read cooler stuff […]

March 17, 2008

The Comedy Night was pretty friggin’ sweet. Steve Wrigley opened the night with straight-up fucking AWESOME offensive humour. I’m not normally a fan of this, but he does it so well, it doesn’t really matter. In addition, the “crazy drugged-up stories of Kiwis in Amsterdam” is a classic which never fails.

March 10, 2008

The MC/Chairperson/Salient hater was Greg Ellis, a NZ comedian of some description who throughout the night kept proceedings going in a leisurely and humorous way. On the affirmative team we had: Nandor Tanczos, some dude called Ian from Tui, and Wellington comedian Jerome Chandrahasen, and on the negating team, Darren Hughes, some dude called Hamish […]

March 10, 2008

Abashed I Stood is the first novel by Dunedin writer Fet Milner (who, after some years spent writing for Salient’s southern counterpart Critic, has gone off to the grey lights of Britain). His novel tells the tale of narrator David Pollux Martin, a precocious queer rich-boy who lives half in contemporary Aotearoa and New York […]

March 3, 2008

Novelist David Mitchell’s narratives are cast as intricate shapes, in which disconnected characters somehow impact upon one another across the globe and through centuries. His first novel Ghostwritten takes place in nine separate areas, beginning with Japan and progressing through Tibet, Mongolia, Russia and Britain to New York. The main character in each segment briefly […]

March 3, 2008

James had a cavity in the side of his neck where the pimple, with a hair growing out of it, had expanded until he’d scratched at it & it had bled. He touched it but it was dry so he drank his milo & sneezed.

March 3, 2008

Guess what: There is no such thing as correct English! Or correct any other language for that matter. 99 per cent of people don’t know this, least of all the ones who want us to be “educated” about language, but it is one of the first things you will learn in any introductory sociolinguistics course […]

October 15, 2007

Edward Abbey once said that the best thing about finishing university was having the time to sit down somewhere and read a decent book. In many ways, Edward Abbey was a total prick, but no-one can really argue that the summer holidays are a great time to catch up on all that reading that you’ve […]

October 8, 2007

By Rodney Hide, Random House, 2007 Although a late starter in politics, many of Rodney Hide’s attitudes were formed driving trucks around Canterbury with his father. His earliest lessons were that “Governments restricted a man who was out to get the job completed”, and that union members “hated work” and were “lazy layabouts who should […]

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