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May 19, 2008

I know of plenty of book-lovers in this town who’d never heard of Quilters until I pointed out its existence, and of at least two who struggled to find it after that. This is odd because Lambton Quay isn’t exactly a super-subtle hiding place.

May 5, 2008

Redefining Our Relationships; Guidelines for Responsible Open Relationships, Defiant Times Press, Oakland, CA, 2002. Beginning with a quote from Emma Goldman, “The most vital right is the right to love and be loved,” Wendy discusses a bunch of thorny concepts beloved of those who practice polyamory – relationships based around the conscious involvement of more […]

April 28, 2008

Peter Wells’ latest novel, Lucky Bastard, covers a seldom-discussed period of the Second World War: the War in the Pacific, and the investigation of Japanese war crimes by British, Australian, and Kiwi officers.

April 7, 2008

As part of a six-week exchange course I did in Germany this summer (c.f. Salient Issue Two 2008), the DAAD arranged an excursion for us across the border to Amsterdam. It only planned for one day – go in the morning, walk around, see the Anne Frank house and come back – but a few […]

April 7, 2008

Today I’m a celebrity stand-in on The Great New Zealand Spelling Bee. My cousin – who works for TVNZ – got the job for me and my friend Arun. On our arrival at Avalon Studios she hands us each an envelope, containing $50 in New World vouchers. A few Avalon film school students arrive soon […]

March 24, 2008

The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant (Penguin, 1999) is Seattle-based sex advice columnist Dan Savage’s autobiographical account of how he and his boyfriend, Terry, adopted a baby. As Savage tells readers, he wrote The Kid partly to fill an empty niche in the gay book market: “Some […]

March 24, 2008

Obsessive love affairs, taboos, psychiatry, art and madness are synonymous with the work of novelist Patrick McGrath.

March 24, 2008

Cartoonists aren’t known for their high public profiles, except for Man’s Robbie Neilson, who habitually dresses as a giant chicken and photographs himself naked in front of international landmarks. But it wasn’t Robbie’s muscular buttocks that were an invited guest during the recent Writers and Readers Week – it was Doonesbury artist Garry Trudeau.

March 24, 2008

As novelist David Mitchell spoke to a gigantic Embassy Theatre audience, the stammer that he has battled with throughout his life was occasionally in evidence. Occasionally Mitchell would pause for a second to search for a word which would express what he wanted to say, but which he would not stutter out.