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Talking Music, Sue Court

Talking Music: conversations with New Zealand musicians Sarah Shieff Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402286 Sometimes, out of sheer perversity, I read an entire book ithout having read the preface or introduction to see whether my perception of a book…
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Verbal aerobics and intimacies, John Horrocks

Favourite Monsters James Brown Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734344 The Scientific Evidence of Dr Wang Stephanie de Montalk Victoria University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0864734417 Readers of James Brown’s previous collections of poetry, Go Round Power Please and Lemon, will…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Referencing the self, James Norcliffe

Storyteller  Simon Williamson HeadworX, $29.95, ISBN 0473086220 Boat People Tim Jones HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087456 Chantal’s Book  Jack Ross HeadworX, $19.95, ISBN 0473087448 Through his Wellington HeadworX publishing house Mark Pirie has become something of a phenomenon in recent years…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Editorial — Issue 58

Kids stuff Readers – and sometimes even writers – seem to think that writing for children and young adults is the literary equivalent of dunking soldiers in your boiled egg. Fun, possibly, but not what a proper grown-up writer should…
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Poem — Elizabeth Smither

Singing in the rain   I am caught at the bus stop like Gene Kelly only I have an umbrella. Only two days before I said to someone we miss all those good experiences: getting drenched and here is my…
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Letters — Issue 58

The source of Frame’s “inward sun” In her review of An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame (March 2003 issue), Elizabeth Alley refers to her earlier use of the book’s title and its still earlier use by Patrick Evans,…
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Silenced voices, Malcolm Campbell

Shifting Centres: Women and Migration in New Zealand History  ed Lyndon Fraser and Katie Pickles University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 1877276324 It is a truism that migration history steps into the limelight when immigration is at its most contentious…
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Posted in Gender, History, Non-fiction, Review

Strong constitutions, Andrew Sharp

Constitutional Conversations: Geoffrey Palmer Talks to Kim Hill on National Radio 1994-2001 Geoffrey Palmer Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 086473445X On the Left: Essays on Socialism in New Zealand ed Pat Moloney and Kerry Taylor University of Otago Press, $39.95,…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Against conformity, Gaylene Preston

Rudi Gopas: A Biography Chris Ronayne David Ling, $49.95, ISBN 0908990820 I was at first reluctant to review this biography of the artist Rudi Gopas. For two crucial formative years, Rudi was my painting teacher, and I am briefly quoted…
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Religious past, secular present, Bill Logan

Christianity Without God Lloyd Geering Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 1877242241 Wellington Cathedral of St Paul: A History 1840-2001 Michael Blain Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 86473428X This is one of the most secular countries in the Western world, but…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Religion, Review
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