• Sylvan Thomson’s Reading List

    Bushnell, Nelson S. A Walk After John Keats. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated,1936. Haydon, Benjamin Robert, Ed. John Jolliffe. Neglected genius: the diaries of Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1808-1846. London: Faber and Faber, 2012 Keats, John. The Letters of John Keats 1814 – 1821. Ed. Hyder E. Rollins. Vol. 1. Cambridge: Harvard Univeristy Press, 1958. Keats, John. […]

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  • ‘A sort of prologue to the life I intend to pursue’, by Sylvan Thomson

    In the summer of 1818, when he was 22 years old, the poet John Keats walked northward from Lancaster in England to Inverness in Scotland. He went with his dear friend Charles Brown, who I like to think of as a sort of stolid Samwise to Keats’ wide-eyed Frodo. It took them five weeks and […]

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  • Jessica ‘Coco’ Hansell’s Reading List

    Many titles on this reading list were sourced from the ‘Opportunity for Animals’ second-hand charity store in Miramar, Wellington and were donations from residents in the region. Other titles were randomly selected or gifted to me personally for the project. I feel other works and mediums heavily informed this essay. I would like to give […]

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  • ‘WHEN FLORAL MUZZLES DIDN’T COME IN MY SINUS-SIZE I CHOSE USED BASKETBALL SHORTS’ by Jessica ‘Coco’ Hansell

    The fallacy of a good art practice, the ideal researcher and how consuming and defining literature ‘incorrectly’ earns me my exclusive right to reimagine it     During the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in February, Aaron Gordon (who plays for Orlando Magic) jumped over the head of his team mascot ‘Stuff the Magic Dragon’. Aerodynamic […]

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  • Lee Posna’s Reading List

    Books Read (in chronological order) Calasso, Roberto. La Folie Baudelaire (2014, Penguin). Bacou, Roseline. Odilon Redon: Pastels (1987, G. Braziller). Gamboni, Dario. The Brush and the Pen: Odilon Redon and Literature (2011, U. of Chicago Press). Mallarme, Stephane; tr. Weinfeld, Henry. Collected Poems of Mallarme (2010, U. of California Press). Flam, Jack. Matisse, the man […]

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  • ‘Completely Supportless Blue: The Road to Cezanne’ by Lee Posna

    Several months ago I returned, after finishing a writing project, to the ouija board of creative reading to see what it would spell for me. What will I learn about next? and, ultimately, what will I write about next? I approached the board (in post-writing holiday mood) with a drink in each hand and an […]

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  • Ya-Wen Ho’s Reading List

    Belohlavek, C. (2014, July 15). Introducing Source Han Sans: An open source Pan-CJK typeface. Retrieved from http://blog.typekit. com/2014/07/15/introducing-source-han-sans/ Bringhurst, R. (2002). Voices, languages and scripts around the world. In J. D. Berry & International Typographic Association (Eds.), Language culture type: International type design in the age of Unicode (pp. 3–23). New York: Graphis. Chen, L. […]

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  • ‘Dear You’ by Ya-Wen Ho

    Dear You What Ya-Wen Read

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  • World Is Crazier and More of It Than We Think

    by Tim Upperton     “Celia, Celia, Celia shits!”                 – Jonathan Swift, “The Lady’s Dressing Room”   I got something banned yesterday. Someone on Facebook, whose friendship request I’d unguardedly accepted, tagged me, as well as many others, in a post. The post featured a still from a linked […]

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  • Hannah Smith’s Reading List

    Books Brown, Pamela, Maddy alone London : Hutchinson, 1973. Brown, Pamela, Showboat summer. London : White Lion, 1973 Brown, Pamela, Harlequin corner. London: Nelson, 1954. Brown, Pamela, Maddy again London : Nelson, 1956. Brown, Pamela, Family playbill. Hodder & Stoughton, 1980. Brown, Pamela, Golden Pavements London : Nelson, 1949. Brown, Pamela, Looking after Libby. Leicester: […]

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  • ‘Big Shoes and the Bishop of Fenchester’ by Hannah Smith

    Big Shoes and the Bishop of Fenchester I have been thinking a lot recently about being a girl. I know that I am not a girl any more. At 32 I am surely, by any definition, a woman. But I grew up thinking of myself as a ‘little girl’ and then a ‘big girl’ and […]

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  • Amber Esau’s Reading List

    Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture (1994, Routledge) Bachelard, Gaston The Poetics of Space (1969, Beacon Press Books) Cohen, Bruce Z. Being Cultural (2012, Pearson) Heinrich, Bernd The Homing Instinct (2014, William Collins) Cannadine, David The Undivided Past (2013, Penguin) Tuagalu, I’uogafa “Heuristics of the Va” Alternative Special Issue 2008 Edwards, John Multilingualism (2012, […]

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  • ‘On Having My Card Decline at Countdown’ by Amber Esau

    The checkout girl dropped the Nashi pears in with the dried goods and they’ll probably bruise. Do the job properly mate. I think she’s in the sixth form but you can never really tell these days even though I haven’t been out of high school long enough to get away with thinking that. A man […]

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  • On Purpose: A Talk Delivered at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2015

    by Eleanor Catton   Reading is a creative act: it cannot happen automatically, and it cannot happen passively. Whether you are reading an academic argument or a poem, whether you are reading a dream or an appetite or tracks in the snow, you are using your imagination in the sense that you are seeing something more […]

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  • Richard Meros’ Reading List

    Oliver Marchart (2007) Post-foundational Political Thought Peter Sloterdijk (2014) Globes 2: Macrospheres (2013) You Must Change Your Life (2013) Nietzsche Apostle Jean-Pierre Dupuy (2014) The Mark of the Sacred Jane Bennett (2009) Vibrant Matter Richard Rorty (1998) Achieving Our Country George Bataille (1988) The Accursed Share vol. 1 (1998) On Nietzsche Marcel Mauss (1990) The […]

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  • ‘New Bourgeoizealand’ by Richard Meros

    It seems like many, many years since New Zealand was the land of milk and honey. And while there are those who are creaming it, and the hives are still buzzing, many of us are living lives of lack. There are not enough jobs, and the ones that we do have are precarious. There are […]

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  • ‘Me No Shame Language, Right? Wrong? No Matter, Don’t Know Me Try! Hope Talking Better Future!’ by Alex Lodge

    I started thinking, about two books into my reading, that I had made a huge mistake in the whole premise of my reading list. Sign language in written form is not the same as a written spoken language. It is more like notations of a physical score for dancers – because the language exists in […]

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  • Alex Lodge’s Reading List

      Hopkinson, Bill The Fear of Forgetting Who We Are: Masks, Identity and the New Era of Plays by Kaite O’Reilly (2011, Symbolon) O’Reilly, Kaite Almond and the Seahorse (2005, [rehearsal draft]) O’Reilly, Kaite Henhouse (2004, Oberon Modern Plays) O’Reilly, Kaite peeling (2002, Peregrine Whittlesey) O’Reilly, Kaite Yard (1998, Bush Theatre Publishing) O’Reilly, Kaite Woman […]

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  • ‘Bellwethers for the Liquid Life: The Rise of Professional Video Gaming and the People Happy to Sit and Watch’ by Craig Cliff

    Friday drinks. One colleague asked another about her plans for the weekend. ‘Oh, you know, try to convince my sons to venture outside.’ ‘Minecraft?’ ‘YouTube videos of other people playing Minecraft.’ ‘I see.’ ‘There’s a guy who talks with a pirate voice. I — I don’t get it. They have the game, but they’d rather […]

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  • Craig Cliff’s Reading List

    Books Alexander, Leigh, Clipping Through: One Mad Week in Video Games (2014, Gumroad) Carpenter, Jerry, Game Toilet Vol. 1 2007 – 2014 (2014, Magnetic Boots) Darnielle, John,  Wolf in White Van, (2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Gibson, Jon et al, SUPER iam8bit: More Art Inspired by Classic Videogames of the ’80s (2011, I AM8-BIT, LLC) Holmes, Dylan, A Mind Forever Voyaging: A History […]

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  • Abandon Normal Instruments: A Call for Change in New Zealand Literary Arts

    by Kirsten McDougall   In 2015 the public face of the literary arts in Aotearoa is in a sad state, a worn discarded toy that many people have forgotten how to play with. Publishers here and internationally have been caught like a possum in headlights by the dramatic changes to the industry and society at […]

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  • Alex Mitcalfe Wilson’s Reading List

    THEMATIC READING LIST Exploring various ways of living within ecological limits: Masanobu Fukuoka (1975) The One Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming. New York: New York Review of Books Classics Dan Hancox (2014) The Village Against the World. London: Verso Sandor Ellix Katz (2006) The Revolution Will Not be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food […]

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  • ‘Imagining Survival’ by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson

    I Here in New Zealand, climate change is a dark reality which looms in the background of everyday life. It is a phenomenon of such extreme complexity and destructive potential that many people find it too frightening to look at face-on. For some, it is easier to pretend that it is something that will happen […]

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  • ‘The Critic in New Zealand’ by Rosabel Tan

    “The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there’s a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.” — David Attenborough, BBC Interview   Early in his career, Wystan Curnow was invited to give a lecture on what it meant to […]

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  • Rosabel Tan’s Reading List

    Books read:   The Journalist and the Murderer – Janet Malcolm Forty-one False Starts – Janet Malcolm The Critic’s Part: Wystan Curnow Art Writings 1971-2013 Hatchet Job – Frank Kermode Otherwise Known as the Human Condition – Geoff Dyer The Critic in the Modern World – James Ley The A to Z of Perfumes – […]

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  • Write for us!

    Are you a NZ writer or critic? Would you like to write editorials or reviews for this site? We are looking for intelligent, thoughtful work that has not been published elsewhere. Editorials may be on any subject pertaining to writing and reading culture in New Zealand, whether aesthetic or social. Reviews may be of any New Zealand […]

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