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Issue 92 Summer 2010

  Volume 20 | Number 4 | Issue 92 | Summer 2010 Letters Mark Williams: Patrick Evans, Gifted Roger Robinson: Kathleen Jones, Katherine Mansfield: The Story-teller  C K Stead: “Back then (but briefly)” (poem) Anna Rogers: Lydia Wevers, Reading on…
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Letters — Issue 92

Arts and evolution In NZB (Winter 2010), Chris Else claims in regard to Denis Dutton’s The Art Instinct and Brian Boyd’s On the Origin of Stories, that “an evolutionary explanation of art, seductive though it might be to the reductive…
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Poem — Anne French

Marine maintenance   CRC for the seized zip on my sailing bag. Dry Glide for the spinnaker snatch block. Rescue tape for the roller round the baby stay. Dry Glide for the frozen hank on the No 1. Jif for…
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Poem — Nicola Slee

The Maori Christa  Maybe I’ve seen her in Auckland, late at night in some bar on the Karangahape Road, a little drunk, her eyes all on fire, singing the songs of her people to a guitar’s thick strum. Or up…
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Fiction’s odd couple, Mark Williams

Gifted  Patrick Evans Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864736376   A curious rumour about this new novel by Patrick Evans preceded its publication. The rumour was that Evans had done something exceptionally good and it came from people one didn’t…
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Careful sympathy, Roger Robinson

Katherine Mansfield: The Story-teller Kathleen Jones Viking, $65.00, ISBN 9780670074358   Let’s hear Katherine Mansfield speak first: The cleanliness of Switzerland! Darling, it is frightening. The chastity of my lily-white bed! The waxy-fine floors! The huge bouquet of white lilac,…
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Poem — C K Stead

Back then (but briefly) Reading Sam’s poem while Charlotte’s cat ecstatic nudges, kneads, roars her purr in my right ear and the page speaks about age how much loved and by how many back then and ‘the force that through…
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Reading the past, Anna Rogers

Reading on the Farm: Victorian Fiction and the Colonial World Lydia Wevers Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864736352   The big sheep and cattle stations of 19th-century New Zealand and books were tough, physical, practical places, where men (and a…
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On a lee shore, Anne French

Blue Water: Salt-encrusted Stories of a Life at Sea  Lindsay Wright HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781869509002   “ ‘Let’s sail to the Arctic next spring,’ I suggested to Sarah … She gave me a long, cool look …  ‘Okay, if you…
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In plain sight, Martin Edmond

Report on Experience: John Mulgan Peter Whiteford (ed) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864736192   In Keats’s last letter, sent from Rome to his friend Charles Brown in England three months before he died, he writes of his “habitual feeling…
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