Category: Books

A Made-Up Place

A Made-Up Place

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

Put two academics in a room together and a squabble of Old Testament proportions is likely to break out. Set five to the task of writing a single groundbreaking textbook, and one would expect the surrounding area to be uninhabitable for the next few hundred years.  Yet English Literature lecturers Harry Ricketts, Anna Thompson, Tatjana [...]

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Words On Edge

Words On Edge

by / 04/03/12 / No Comments

The Fringe Festival event Words on Edge proved that Wellington is filled with poetry enthusiasts, drawing a capacity crowd to Meow Café. The event, a night of “high alert” poetry delivered by local poets Lynn Jenner, Amy Brown, Aleksandra Lane, and New Zealand Poet Laureate Ian Wedde, was filled with narrative dynamism, colourful characters, and [...]

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It’s the Last Books Page of the Year,

It’s the Last Books Page of the Year,

by / 10/10/11 / 1 Comment

so we’re giving you double your money’s worth. Fairooz Samy talks to… The formidable Mike Chunn, NZ music legend and co-author of I’m With the Band, a how-to of everything musical in Aotearoa (with Jeremy Chunn and Salient’s own Barney Chunn), I’m With the Band; How to make a career in popular music in New [...]

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Thesis Survivor Stories

Thesis Survivor Stories

by / 10/10/11 / 1 Comment

Thesis Survival Stories, a non-fiction book detailing the trials, tribulations, tips, and real-life experiences of undertaking post-grad study. Thesis Survivor Stories Marilyn Waring and Kate Kearins AUT Media, RRP $39.99 This is such a fantastic idea. What was the trigger that made you think, “We should really do this”? Kate and I were discussing our [...]

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Confidence Men by Ron Suskind

Confidence Men by Ron Suskind

by / 02/10/11 / No Comments

The vast majority of political non-fiction tends to fall into one of two extremes – staid, utterly dry analysis that excites only the most ardent POLS student, and speculative, populist rubbish that spins the smallest of facts into hype-able bait for the news cycle. This week sees the release of Confidence Men, the latest book [...]

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The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin by Joe McGinniss

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin by Joe McGinniss

by / 02/10/11 / No Comments

A mere five days after Confidence Men sees the NZ release of a political book of an entirely different nature. The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin is marketed as an investigative chronicle but has been characterised by advance reviews as “a gossipy tale”, “the embodiment of the hatchet job”, and “a sketchily sourced [...]

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Oh the irony: The rise of feminist-hating women

Oh the irony: The rise of feminist-hating women

by / 19/09/11 / No Comments

“It’s like we have taken the cage away from women and none of us are trying to escape”- Ariel Levy Sex appeal. Physical fitness. Charm. Social skills. Sexual competence. Liveliness. Skills in self preservation. According to senior Sociology research fellow Catherine Hakim, these seven traits make up erotic capital and are the keys to a [...]

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Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

by / 12/09/11 / 1 Comment

‘The best football book ever written’ proclaims the cover. Initially I was sceptical, especially given the quote on the cover was unattributed, which gives rise to the real possibility that it had been proclaimed by some drab middle-aged Englishmen whose idea of excitement, in the absence of having any paint to watch dry, is to [...]

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Outcast: The Plight of Black African Refugees

Outcast: The Plight of Black African Refugees

by / 12/09/11 / No Comments

While attending university, our student dream is to finish our degrees and find a good job that’ll pay the bills and maybe leave a little extra for decent food before the loan payments kick in. In the meantime, we get by on minimum wage-paying side jobs and try to doge the leaks in our draughty [...]

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John Hart talks about ‘Iron House’

by / 05/09/11 / No Comments

Jay Collins talks to John Hart about his latest thriller, Iron House. You used to be a lawyer and now you’re writing thriller novels. Do they go hand in hand? It seems like there are many instances of lawyers branching out into this area. Why thriller novels for you? I never set out to write [...]

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