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Books

April 6, 2009

Crystal Meth, the ‘pure’ form of methamphetamine which you smoke rather than snort, is nothing new. New Zealanders have been hitting it for decades, but in the early years of the new millennium, the media decided that by referring to crystal meth by a new slang term – P – they could present it as […]

March 30, 2009

These savoury cakes are an excellent way to use up leftover mashed potato. I had a bowl of leftover mash from a dinner where it accompanied vegetable gratin, along with venison and red wine sausages (surprisingly well priced at Pak n’ Save). The basic idea is, you bind the potato with egg, a little cheese […]

March 30, 2009

Alison Bechdel has been writing her Dykes To Watch Out For series since her college days. I first read them as a Queer Studies student in 2007, but then I’m a late bloomer in some aspects. She’s had a following from my generation for two decades, and is probably the most famous feminist dyke cartoonist […]

March 30, 2009

Stephanie de Montalk, a Wellingtonian and at one stage a writer-in-residence here at Vic, has a small but varied corpus: a biography, a novel I own but haven’t read yet (The Fountain of Tears), and now with Vivid Familiar, four collections of poems. Vivid Familiar is a collection of 24 poems divided into four manageable […]

March 23, 2009

First published in 1954, this culinary memoir was re-edited in 1995, and re-released with a foreword by Maureen Duffy, giving context for those younger readers who may not have known of the great writing partnership of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, Americans resident in Paris for most of their lives. Both drove ambulances during […]

March 23, 2009

The Reader is an intense and meaningful work by German author Bernhard Schlink. Beautifully written, it is one of two books that I have read in which, I believe, the author has poured their entire self writing the story with all their knowledge and wisdom. To say it is a novel about the Holocaust would […]

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 […]