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The embodiment of dreams, Brendan O’Brien

The Printing of a Masterpiece  Alan Loney Black Pepper, $AUD25.95,  ISBN 9781876044589 With so much reading now done on the computer screen, Alan Loney’s new publication arrives to remind us of some of the other qualities we encounter when we…
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The endurance of Sappho, Alan Loney

Alan Loney records his long-lasting admiration for the lute-playing poet. The persistence of the ancient Greek poet Sappho (c630-570 BC) in the literary imagination of the West is one of the most remarkable aspects of the poetic tradition. While many…
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Pamela to pomo, Sydney Shep

Samuel Richardson of London, Printer: A Study of his Printing Based on Ornament Use and Business Accounts  Keith Maslen University of Otago (Studies in English 7), $95.00, ISBN 0473077604 Reading/Saying/Making: Selected Essays Alan Loney The Writers Group, $39.95, ISBN 0473076284…
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A gift worth unwrapping, John Dickson

The Falling: A Memoir Alan Loney Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402502 The simplest way to begin unwrapping the gift of this book is to start with the title: The Falling: A Memoir.  Notice the first word, the definite article:…
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Purposeful nonsense? John O’Connor

Comment  Lenin once said, “When I see a dung heap, I do not rummage in it to see if it is a dung heap.” Polemics, of course – entertaining, but not enlightening. Freed, Morepork, Parallax, And, Splash (all discontinued) –…
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Turning the pages, Keith Maslen

A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand ed Penny Griffith, Peter Hughes and Alan Loney Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402316 These fifteen essays, based on papers given at the first New…
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A fine compression, Alan Loney

Book & Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa Eds Penny Griffith, Ross Harvey and Keith Maslen, with the assistance of Ross Somerville Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86473 331 3 The publication of broad…
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Obscurity v the life principle, Kim Worthington

Envoy Alan Loney and Mark Wills Puriri Press, $28.00, ISBN 0 908943 13 x On Virgin Skin Gay Linden Sandpiper Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 473 04187 1 Before the Divorce We Go to Disneyland Diane Brown Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN…
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Not just a pretty picture, Alan Loney

Twenty-five Bindings designed by Edgar Mansfield, realised by James Brockman National Library Gallery, Wellington, 1 March-28 April Hawke’s Bay Museum, Napier, 12 May-7 July The history of bookbinding is older than the hist ory of printing and goes back to…
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Heaped atomic details, Alan Loney

Empty Orchestra David Eggleton Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 186940 1271 When David Eggleton’s Empty Orchestra arrived in my letterbox, it was the fourth book I had received that day. Beside it was another sent to me by a friend,…
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