May 6, 2013

If you can get into it, Tropic of Skorpeo is fun. There’s some fighting, some kidnapping, two thwarted weddings, a love plot, and at one point Rhameo does go to sleep inside a giant vagina on a planet called Pornotopia.

April 29, 2013

With a charming surrealism and a whimsical, slightly troubled logic, the stories in The Elephant Vanishes are condensed bursts of Murakami—but not at all diminished for this.

April 15, 2013

Our collective attention span is short, but as Genevieve Jurgensen demonstrates in her 1994 memoir, the aftermath of disaster, though unfolding laboriously, is often more compelling than disaster itself.

April 15, 2013

The novella contains a thick sense of atmosphere, resonating beautifully through Johnson’s sparse writing.

April 8, 2013

Teaching Placement The first day in many I had not got this eyelash out of my eye was yellow-eveninged and not so wise that it did not become night in a matter of days which turned into a season, darkness trapped in forests growing amass of humanity, a plethora of eyelashes. My new sheets were […]

March 25, 2013

I don’t read enough thrillers. I get caught up in that whole “literary fiction versus genre fiction” narrative, and decide that I should be reading important books by important people: books with a higher purpose than simply entertaining. This is silly, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn manages to be a ridiculously  addictive thriller, fizzing […]

March 25, 2013

Set in 1989 against a backdrop of fear, aggression and anxiety, Hanif Kureishi’s 1995 the Black album skilfully explores a Britain in flux: Thatcher’s reign nearing its end, the Berlin Wall crumbling, the country continuing to reconcile itself with the collapse of empire. The novel’s title, taken from the eponymous Prince album, is emblematic of […]

March 18, 2013

“Every word I spend here without getting to the bones feels like I am shirking or betraying the obligation of witness.” In the 1994 Rwandan genocide, between 500,000 and one million people were massacred, and yet it’s still rare for stories from the genocide to reach Western audiences. Published by McSweeney’s last year, In My […]

March 11, 2013

This week, three Wellington writers will be setting out on a literary roadshow of sorts. The Rocky Outcrop Writers tour, featuring Pip Adam, Kirsten McDougall, and Ashleigh Young, plus a host of guests, will be visiting bookstores, libraries, and galleries across the lower North Island. Recently, Salient had the chance to talk to Pip, Kirsten, […]