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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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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

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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Posted in Non-fiction, Photography, Review

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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Posted in Art, Non-fiction, Review

It’s theatre, really, David Larsen

I’ve lost track of how often my ass has fallen asleep from boredom at literary festivals. I’ve lost track of how often I was supremely disappointed by a writer’s public persona. I used to be as earnest and serious and…
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Enter a messenger, David Hill

Our English teacher in form five was a nice, ineffectual guy. He stuttered, so in typically compassionate boys’ school style, we called him “Static”. His discipline was pretty tenuous; some of the second-year fifth formers (this was the 1950s: score…
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Poem — C K Stead

The rower   Did grandfather Stead (she wants to know) row for Oxford or Cambridge – or (as sometimes asserted) for one then the other? These claims for him I long ago dismissed but she’s heard there’s a pewter mug…
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Gold dust in the goose bath, Harry Ricketts

The Goose Bath: Poems Janet Frame (ed Pamela Gordon, Denis Harold and Bill Manhire) Vintage, $39.99, ISBN 1869417658 How The Goose Bath acquired its title is a good story and a characteristic one. The bath itself, as Frame’s niece Pamela…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review
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