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Awkward positions , Christina Thompson

Pictures by Goya and Other Stories Vincent O’Sullivan Penguin, $28.00, ISBN 0143020552 In the title story of Vincent O’Sullivan’s collection Pictures by Goya, two characters find themselves in an awkward position. They have been carrying on an adulterous affair when

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Letters — Issue 74

Nuclear reactors We wish to dissent from the lengthy review accorded to Dr Andew McEwan’s book Nuclear New Zealand: Sorting Fact from Fiction (NZB, October 2005). This review contains errors. One is the claim that New Zealand is poor in

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The mundane and the marvellous, Adrienne Gavin

Marvellous Codes: The Fiction of Margaret Mahy ed Elizabeth Hale and Sarah Fiona Winters Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864735162 Any addition to critical publications on Margaret Mahy is to be welcomed. Elizabeth Hale’s and Sarah Fiona Winters’ Marvellous Codes:

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Editorial — Issue 74

Love and theft At first glance, what does and doesn’t constitute literary plagiarism looks pretty straightforward. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh certainly thought so. They tried to prove in a London court that Dan Brown took “at least 15 core

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A very late Victorian, David Young

Charles Fleming: Environmental Patriot Mary McEwen Craig Potton Publishing, $50.00, ISBN 1877333239 Before the imposition of celebrity culture on the recent New Zealand telescape and its consort media, being famous in New Zealand was possibly even more of a problem

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A troubled solitary, Peter Russell

Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music Philip Norman Canterbury University Press, $55.00, ISBN 1877257176 What serious music-lover can imagine the world without Bach? Yet we might easily not have had him. For Johann Sebastian was the last of eight children,

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Brave new globalising world, Paul G Buchanan

New Zealand in a Globalising World ed Ralph Pettman Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734956 The globalisation literature peaked at the end of the millennium, before the zero-sum logic of 9/11 subordinated its concerns to the security requirements of the

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Issue 74 Winter 2006

  Volume 16 | Number 2 | Issue 74 | Winter 2006 Peter Russell: Philip Norman, Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music Editorial: “Love and Theft” Letters Lawrence Jones: Barbara Anderson, Collected Stories Bruce Wallace: Ian Hunter and Diana Morrow

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Heavy light industry, Paul Thompson

Domestic Architecture (1974-2005) Laurence Aberhart McNamara Gallery, $49.95, ISBN 0958243085 Light Wine Things Bill Culbert Dunedin Public Art Gallery, $29.95, ISBN 0908910444 Figure in the New Zealand Landscape Victoria Ginn OTS Publications, $39.95, ISBN 04760160X The Terrible Boredom of Paradise

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Drawing in the air, Martin Edmond

The Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere – Figurative Works Kriselle Baker Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869403436 Pine Ralph Hotere and Bill Manhire Otakou Press, $800 (signed) $350 (unsigned), [no ISBN] In Dunedin in the mid-1990s, researching the Clairmont

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