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Arts

August 7, 2017

Dear Sugars is the audio equivalent of snuggling up in your blankets with a cup of tea or taking a warm bath on a rainy day. The point is, it is the ultimate feel good podcast. The series began as an advice column where the anonymous “Sugar” would answer questions on love, relationships, and life […]

August 7, 2017

In the exhibition Feeling Blue, Harriet Bright’s Kayte (2009) is surrounded by famous faces, hanging opposite Jenny Shipley and next to the Queen. Despite being unknown, Kayte manages to attract attention and assert her place among these powerful women. Kayte stares directly out of the canvas with a nonchalant expression, confidently returning the gaze of […]

August 7, 2017

It was one of the most anticipated games of 2014, a brand new IP from the team that made Call of Duty the juggernaut it is today. It combined fast-paced movement and parkour elements with giant mechs that really pack a punch. Its sequel built on everything the original did well, in addition to having […]

August 7, 2017

Ohney is the solo project of Auckland-based musician Leith Towers. Farewell Lester Square is the second four track album Leith has released this year, following Sweet Aromas which came out in April. Musically, both records are tricky to define, blending elements of electronic music, jazz, folk, and indie rock, all with a very proggy and […]

August 7, 2017

Two hours deep into a Wikipedia black hole last week, I saw that the long-running music themed quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks had finally come to an end in 2015. Beginning in 1996, it seemed like a show that would just go on forever, a British stalwart as comforting as a good cup of […]

August 7, 2017

Now, I know what you’re thinking. 10 Things I Hate About You, that ’90s movie where the angry feminist gives up her whole identity to win lush-locked young Heath Ledger — how can that be a nuanced exploration of the struggles of modern day female freedom-fighters? Well. Let’s think about Kat Stratford (remember Julia Stiles […]

August 7, 2017

David Garnett’s 1955 novel Aspects of Love (adapted as a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1989) is about a group of rich people of various ages sleeping around with each other while travelling through Europe’s postcard locations. This book is not merely a depiction of the shallow lives of rich people, but a warning […]

August 7, 2017

In this quiet, sleeping town where I grew up powerlines rest lazily down the streets, seemingly dormant. Unaware of their power, The trees rustle; languishing. They rest in perfect symmetry on the roadside, in the backyards of mismatched houses; Adorned with rustic fences. The houses were kindling for the embers within. They lived with quiet […]

August 7, 2017

The Return (2010) is a collection of 13 stories, drawn from two of Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s earlier published volumes, Llamadas Telefonicas (1997) and Putas Asesinas (2001), and translated by Chris Andrews. Published posthumously, and following the earlier translated collection Last Evenings on Earth (2007), the title is felicitous. Reading the stories, in fact reading […]