10/21/2017 10:00 AM

Our Book of the Week this week is Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno. This lovingly produced large-format lift-the-flap book is the perfect introduction to life in Ancient Egypt.

>> This is how the book works

>> Enter the pyramid of Cheops

>> Meet some gods

>> The real life of Ancient Egypt

>> Listen to some Ancient Egyptian music

10/14/2017 11:25 AM

Our Book of the Week this week is Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. 

What could be better than a new cookbook entirely devoted to baking and desserts from the author of several of the best cookbooks on your shelves? Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Goh present recipes that combine flavours and ingredients in interesting ways and yet are achievable, either easily or with a small amount of pleasurable effort. Delicious, beautifully presented and absolutely recommended for everyone from children to accomplished bakers. 
>> Would you eat this? 

>> Ottolenghi introduces the book

>> Don't burn your fingers

>> What motivates Yotam and his team to push the frontiers of flavour? 

>> All Ottolenghi's cookbooks are superb

>> Some free recipes!

10/07/2017 01:18 PM

Our Book of the Week this week is Out of the Woods: A journey through depression and anxiety by Brent Williams and Korkut Öztekin      $40

When he was in his late 40s, anxiety and depression overwhelmed Wellingtonian Brent Williams and he walked away from his partner, four children and job. He tells the story of his journey back to the world in this outstanding graphic memoir illustrated by Turkish artist Korkut 

>> Sample pages and information on the book's own excellent website

>> How did the book come about? 

>> Williams speaks with Kim Hill
                         >> Images from the RNZ gallery.

>> Depression just said, "You've got to face this."

>> The dark secret of Wellington philanthropist Sir Arthur Williams

>> New Zealand help lines for depression and anxiety:
Lifeline New Zealand: 0800 543 354 (Help anyone - 24/7)
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (Help anyone - 24/7)
Youthline: 0800 376 633 (Help young people & their families - 24/7)
Find a list of specialist NZ helplines here 
The Lowdown – Help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety – Help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

09/30/2017 11:09 AM

This week's Book of the Week is Sara Baume's A Line Made by Walking, a novel of an artist's attempt to regain her mental footing by retreating from (or into) the world. 

>> Read Stella's review

>> There are no answers

>> "I always wanted to be an art monster."

>> "I actually hate writing."

>> A Line Made by Walking, as well as concerning itself with art (both as process and result), contains photographs taken by the character. Hear Baume discussing what illustrations can contribute to a novel.

>> Baume's previous book, Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

>> She reads from this

>> A Line Made by Walking has just been shortlisted for the 2017 Goldsmiths Prize (awarded for "fiction at its most novel"). >> Hear the judges talk about the shortlisted books here
>> Find out more about the books on our website
Previous winners of the Goldsmiths Prize: 
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (2013)
How To Be Both by Ali Smith (2014)
Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (2015)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (2016)

>> Baume's books were originally published by the tiny, wonderful Irish publisher Tramp Press (who also brought us Solar Bones). BTW: >> No Dear sirs, please

>> 'A Line Made by Walking' by Richard Long (1967 (>> recreated by children, 2011))

09/23/2017 04:14 AM

Our Book of the Week this week is the new edition of the definitive guide to the plethora of beers produced in New Zealand. BREWED by Jules van Costello (published by Potton & Burton) is full of information and is enjoyable to read, both for beer novices and aficionados. 

{STELLA's review}:
The craft beer industry in New Zealand has been on the up and up since the 1980s. Nelson has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country: there are several dedicated craft beer bars - The Freehouse and the Craft Beer Depot; and a combination of established brewers (some with a long family history - the Duncans at Founders and the McCashin family of Stoke) as well as more recent additions (Hop Federation in Riwaka and contract brewer Phil McArdle of Horsebox). We grow hops in Motueka (a crop that has once again flourished post-kiwifruit-mass-plantings): these are highly regarded and keenly sought after, and new varieties have been developed including the Nelson Sauvin. While I knew a little of this, I’m gleaning most of my information from Jules Van Costello’s new edition of Brewed: A Guide to the Beer of New Zealand. Now in its second edition, there are more breweries (166 in all) and more tasting notes (over 450), and the book isn’t solely the domain of craft beer producers, with the inclusion of the likes of DB and Lion. The first few chapters of Brewed give an overview of the beer industry now, looking at everyone from the larger commercial players to the more specialist boutique brewers; there’s a brief history of beer in New Zealand, a simple explanation about how beer is made and its ingredients, and notes on cellaring and how to drink your beer (drinking temperatures, glass types). Of particular note is the comprehensive description of beer styles. The main part of the book is an A-Z of breweries with a quick rundown on their history and a spotlight on their signature beers. The Mussel Inn’s Captain Cooker raises its head, along with their eco principles, and brewer Andrew Dixon’s solution to demand for his beer internationally. Emerson’s Bookbinder has long been a favourite of mine (I have to admit that the name drew me), so I’m pleased to discover another book-related beer connection in Oamaru’s Craftwork - owned by Michael O’Brien (bookbinder) and Lee-Ann Scotti - which specialises in traditional Belgian ales. Van Costello has added a star rating system (similar to the Michelin style - he quickly points out that all the brewers are good, that some of them make excellent specialist beers, but others excel on several fronts earning them a star or two.) Of the 166, there are only eight that get the 3-star rating, and from the many listed Nelson breweries three take out 2-star honours: Hop Federation, Sprig & Fern, and Townshend Brewery. The tasting notes list the best from the brewers, with a few tagged 'Must-Tries'! Next time you’re eyeing up the range at the supermarket this will come in handy. Or you could come along and ask Jules Van Costello about his favourites:

>> Come along and hear Jules talk about beer (AND taste some beer!): 1 PM, Monday 25th September @ VOLUME. See you then. 

>> Jules introduces the new edition

09/16/2017 12:11 PM

edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris and packed full of stories, illustrations and amusements from top New Zealand writers and illustrators is this week's BOOK OF THE WEEK

“We channelled our younger selves: curious, discerning, up for anything. We tried to make a book we wish we’d be given. All the content is commissioned. This meant we were able to achieve a good balance of gender, ethnicity, and rural/urban experiences. We wanted to reach as many kinds of readers as possible.” - the editors

>> Find out who's included

>> Lots of teasers on the AnnualAnnual FaceBook page

>> Appreciation from The Sapling

>> Last year's Annual was hugely popular with children, critics and gift-givers. It is still just as fresh as the day it was published. 

>> Visit the Annual website.

>> Children's annuals have a long history. Here is a short history

>> Some amusements you can download

>> On creating the first Annual

We can gift-wrap and send this book to wherever and whoever you would like. 

09/09/2017 12:19 PM

Our Book of the Week for Maori Language Week is Sleeps Standing / Moetu by Witi Ihimaera, with parallel text in Maori by Hemi Kelly. 
The three-day siege of the Battle of Orakau in 1864, in which 1700 Imperial troops laid siege to a hastily constructed pa sheltering 300 Maori men, women and children, marked the effective end of the Waikato War. Ihimaera tells the history from the point of view of a Moetu, a boy on the side that refused to submit and fought to the end. First-hand accounts and documentary illustrations are included in this book. 

>> Read Stella's review

>> Rewi's Last Stand

>> Remembering the Tuhoe and Ngati Maniapoto who defended Orakau

>> A strange computer-generated simulation of the fortifications

>> Commemorative haka, 150 years later

>> Hemi Kelly on Radio New Zealand

>> "Ka whawhai tonu matou, Ake! Ake! Ake!"  Rewi Maniapoto continues to fight for Maori land

>> Vincent O'Malley's The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato, 1800-2000 gives excellent analysis of the wider Waikato War and its contexts. 

09/02/2017 11:58 AM

Our Book of the Week this week will takes you places that you have never been and to which you are unlikely ever to go (except by opening this book). Judith Schalansky's ATLAS OF REMOTE ISLANDS: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will is a beautifully produced volume that does everything an atlas can do to engage the imagination: the maps of each island are spare and mysterious and beautifully drawn, the text accompanying each delineates fact but, largely due to the incompletely resolved nature of the histories, there is plenty of room for the reader to activate their imagination to occupy the spaces, and the whole book is well and subtly made. The stories of travellers to or inhabitants of these remote spots of land surrounded by vast oceans are stories of loneliness, refuge and utopianism, of human dreams washed up on rocky shores, of the oddities of nature or society that can flourish only away from the masses, either of land or of people. This is a completely absorbing book. 

>> Keep an eye on our FaceBook page this week, for our daily Remote Island of the Day.

>> "You can tell world history by islands. That is why I call them footnotes to the mainland."

>> "Books are not a form of fetishism."

>> Is the appearance of a book as important as its content? 

>> "I don't even trust my own memory."

>> Schalansky goes to an island.

>> And how many bones are there in a giraffe's neck? 

08/26/2017 11:21 AM

This week's Book of the Week is Olga Tokarczuk's remarkable sort-of-novel, FLIGHTS, published by Text Publishing.

When something is at rest it is only conceptually differentiated from the physical continuum of its location, but when moving its differentiation is confirmed by the changes in its relations with the actual. Likewise, humans have in them a restlessness, a will to change, a fluidity of identity and belonging that Olga Tokarczuk in her fine and interesting book Flights would see as our essential vitality, an indicator of civilisation so far as it is acknowledged and encouraged, otherwise a casualty of repression or of fear. “Barbarians stay put, or go to destinations to raid them. They do not travel.” Flights is an encyclopedic sort-of-novel, a great compendium of stories, fragments, historical anecdotes, description and essays on every possible aspect of travel, in its literal and metaphorical senses, and on the stagnation, mummification and bodily degradation of stasis. The book bristles with ideas, memorable images and playful treatments, for instance when Tokarczuk reframes the world as an array of airports, to which cities and countries are but service satellites and through which the world’s population is constantly streaming, democratised by movement, no preparation either right or wrong in this zone of civilised indeterminacy. To create a border, to restrict a movement is to suppress life, to preserve a corpse. Tokarczuk’s fragments are of various registers and head in different directions, but several strands reappear through the book, such as the story of a father and young son searching for a mother who disappears on holiday on a small Croatian island. Historical imaginings include an account of the journey of Chopin’s heart from Paris to Poland following his death, the ‘biography’ of the ‘discoverer’ of the achilles tendon, and an account of the peripatetic sect constantly on the move to elude the Devil. For Tokarczuk, we find ourselves, if we find ourselves at all, somewhere in the interplay between impulse and constraint. {Review by THOMAS}

>> Read an excerpt

>> Read another excerpt. (The Fitzcarraldo Editions edition is also available).

>> "Flights has echoes of WG Sebald, Milan Kundera, Danilo Kiš and Dubravka Ugrešić, but Tokarczuk inhabits a rebellious, playful register very much her own." - Guardian

>> Visit Olga Tokarczuk's library (and learn Polish incidentally). 

08/18/2017 03:29 AM

Our Book of the Week this week is only 60mm x 75mm large (or small). 
Minicry is a microscopic 24-page minizine illustrated by Kate Depree, featuring mini-things like haiku, jokes, tweets, poems, lists and more by Zarah Butcher McGunnigle, Courtney Sina Meredith, Uther Dean, Ashleigh Young, Guy Montgomery, Ruby Mae Hinepuni Solly, Alice May Connolly, Kirsten McDougall and Henry Cooke. 

>> Brought to you by the people who bring you Mimicry

>> Visit the Mimicry FaceBook page and like it.

>> Twittering tweets

>> New voices in poetry are sought

>> Are you hungry now?

We have full-size books from some of the contributors to Minicry:
Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young
Tess by Kirsten McDougall
Tail of the Taniwha and Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick by Courtney Sina Meredith
and several of them are into Sport

>> Holly Hunter was inspired to make Minicry by Peach Spell

Now make your own minizine and come and show us. 

08/12/2017 06:50 AM

TOUGH GUYS (have feelings too)!

It's not always easy being a tough guy... You might not think it, but tough guys have feelings too. Even when they're with their best friends, or when they're on top of the world, not everything works out. This can be very frustrating. 

Our book of the week with week is Keith Negley's wonderful picture book Tough Guys (Have feelings too)

Feeling bad or feeling sad or feeling uncertain or feeling not-very-confident are feelings that everyone has (even tough guys). 

Everyone has feelings (well, almost everyone). 

>> Tough guys can read this book too

>> Are boys more likely to show their feelings these days than in the 1970s

>> The Cure.

And also:

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley       $28
Why doesn't Dad do all those cool things he used to do? Why did he stop? (Could it be because having a child was somehow cooler?) 

08/05/2017 02:31 PM

The earth moves according to its geological time, while upon it the lives and times of humans move by different rhythms. One house is the place where these forces interact. Fiona Farrell's new novel Decline and Fall on Savage Street, tracing the lives in one house through the twentieth century to the Christchurch earthquakes, is this week's Book of the Week

>> Read Stella's review

>> Extracts

>> Fiona Farrell on 'Standing Room Only': Sunday 6.8.17, 1:45

>> The author on writing the book

>> "Writing big" (whatever that means). 

>> A white-hot response

>> What makes a city a city? 

>> Fiona's writing day

>> Naughty reading secrets

07/29/2017 12:22 PM

"How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything."
This week's Book of the Week is Arundhati Roy's long-anticipated second novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

>> Read an extract

>> And another extract

>> A strange and frightening dream

>> Fiction and politics. 

>> Roy returns to fiction, in fury

>> Interviewed on Democracy Now

>> "Black ants, pink crumbs."

>> The God of Small Things won the Booker Prize in 1997.

>> Can she win it again this year? 

>> Chatting with Rushdie (1997).

>> Other books by Roy

>> Why Roy thinks India is a corporate upper-caste state

07/22/2017 12:14 PM

Our Book of the Week this week is Anne Salmond's deeply thoughtful history Tears of Rangi: Experiments across worlds, published by Auckland University Press. 
Polynesian and then European settlers arrived in New Zealand bringing with them world views and modes of practice that they then began to apply and adapt to the new land. This remarkable book calibrates the varying approaches of the differing peoples who came to Aotearoa, and suggests that a deeper understanding of these mind-sets can lead towards approaches that are more harmonious, not just between cultures but towards the natural world too. 

>> On RNZ National last Sunday

>> Do traditional Maori attitudes to waterways hold a solution to New Zealand's fresh water crisis?

>> Is there such a thing as society?

>> An inspiring voice

>> "If you teach children that their ancestors were violent, abusive savages, after a while, they are likely to believe you."  

>> New Zealand needs to look to its own record on freedom of speech.

>> Anne Salmond interviewed by an invisible man

>> Salmond will be speaking in Nelson in August

07/15/2017 08:36 AM

"Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything." - Margaret Atwood

The Power by Naomi Alderman is this week's Book of the Week at VOLUME. 

What if the power to hurt was suddenly manifest in women's hands (literally)? How would society change? Would gender imbalances we inverted? The Power is a gripping speculative fiction exploring the nature of gender and power.

>> Read Stella's review

>> The Power won the 2017 Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction

>> Read an extract

>> "If women were in the position to cause more pain than men, how would that change the world?"

>> How does Alderman describe her novel?

>> "An instant classic of speculative fiction." - The Guardian

07/08/2017 11:14 AM

This week's Book of the Week is a very interesting selection of essays from excellent New Zealand writers, all treating aspects of the concept of home (in its widest sense).
Home: New writing is edited by Thom Conroy and published by Massey University Press
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Martin Edmond 
Ashleigh Young
Lloyd Jones
Laurence Fearnley
Sue Wootton
Elizabeth Knox
Nick Allen
Brian Turner
Tina Makereti
Bonnie Etherington
Paula Morris
Thom Conroy
Jill Sullivan
Sarah Jane Barnett
Ingrid Horrocks
Anna Gailani
Helen Lehndorf
James George
Ian Wedde

>> Read Stella's review

>> An interview with the editor.

>> An article about the book. 

>> Sarah Jane Barnett's essay, 'Suffering is Optional'. 

07/08/2017 11:12 AM

Review by STELLA

Home: New writing is an excellent collection of essays from New Zealand writers. Each essay chosen by editor Thom Conroy takes you on its own journey, personal yet universal. In his introduction, Conroy reflects on the concept of 'home' being at the forefronts of our minds, with increasing homelessness and a growing population of ‘stateless’ people. Several of the essays reflect on the precarious lives of refugees and the travails, as well as the hopes, of migration. Lloyd Jones in 'Proximity' blends his encounters with the homeless and with Syrian refugees in Europe with his childhood memories of what was an acceptable home, with humanity and care. Diane Comer’s reflections and regrets on moving, of crossing the Pacific several times in her lifetime, endlessly seeking ‘home’, planting gardens that will continue to bloom long after she has left, are honest and revealing it seems for both the reader and writer. And leaving, yet not looking back, resonates through Iraqi-born Anna Gailani’s 'A Token of Patience'. And arrival, whether it is actual or virtual, is a concept that creeps into many of these essays. Ingrid Horrocks in 'Oscillations' cleverly talks about those places between memory and the actual, past and present, and finding her ‘home’ – a place true to herself. Sarah Jane Barnett draws on the connection between running and the body, on a certain point of connection that centres and eclipses suffering, creating a sense of home in oneself at a physical and mental level. Other essays point to environment, both urban and natural. Paula Morris’s 'Greys Avenue' is a riff on the layers of her street, on its history and the wider story of the changing urban landscape. The essay is a matrix of her family history; Morris discovered that her great-grandfather had also lived on the street at some stage. In Laurence Fearnley’s essay, she explores her neighbourhood by scent, curious to discover how, by concentrating with this sense of smell, familiar places of home can be recorded and explored anew. 'Home Without Now and Then' takes us into Elizabeth Knox’s memory of her childhood homes, and the homes of her mother - places she can’t inhabit any longer at the right times – needing to use the phone in the Paremata house but finding herself in the Raumati one. This is just a taste of the twenty-two essays. They are honest, moving and thoughtful, various in style and content, all a delight to read. To contemplate what 'home' means to us in a physical, emotional and philosophical sense, Home: New writing is a marker of social and cultural history as well as of politics, on the grand and small scale. 

07/01/2017 01:11 PM

Our Book of the Week this week is Black Marks on the White Page, a diverse selection of some of the most interesting twenty-first century prose by Maori and Pasifika writers, both well-known and emerging, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti. 

Writers represented: 
Anahera Gildea - Patricia Grace - Nic Low - Mary Rokonadravu - Tusiata Avia - Witi Ihimaera - Alexis Wright - Gina Cole - David Geary - Kelly Joseph - Cassandra Barnett - Jione Havea - Serie Barford - Dewe Gorode - Victor Rodger - Tina Makereti - Michael Puleloa - Courtney Sina Meredith - Kelly Ana Morey - Sia Figiel - Anya Ngawhare - Paula Morris - Selina Tusitala Marsh - Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada - Albert Wendt

Fiona Pardington - Pati Solomonia Tyrell - Shane Hansen - Rosanna Raymond - Robert Jahnke - Cerisse Palalagi - Lisa ReihanaYuki Kihara

>> Paula Morris: "The most subversive coffee table book of the year."

>> Stories can save your life

>> Should we be worried about the ethic representation in New Zealand publishing?

>> Expanding perceptions of the Pacific world

>> Makereti's five favourite Maori and Pasifika books

>> The marginalisation and pigeonholing of ethnic minorities in UK publishing

>> The whiteness of the publishing industry in the US.  

06/24/2017 11:56 AM

This week we are featuring the beautifully designed and deeply interesting OBJECT LESSONS series, published by Bloomsbury. 

Humans create objects for function but the meaning of those objects reaches far beyond their function. This excellent series unpacks the meaning concentrated in a plethora of common objects and illuminates layers of culture that are seldom noticed but always active.

Choose your object and learn your lesson (>click<): Earth, Egg, Traffic, Tree, Bread, Hair, Password, Questionnaire, Bookshelf, Cigarette, Shipping Container, Glass, Hotel, Phone Booth, Refrigerator, Silence, Waste, Driver's Licence, Drone, Golf Ball, Remote Control.

>> Read Thomas's review of Dust by Michael Marder. 

>> Read Stella's review of Shipping Container by Craig Martin. 

>> Read Thomas's review of Hotel by Joanna Walsh

>> Watch this Hotel trailer.

>> Joanna Walsh talks about the hotel

>> Read Thomas's review of Bookshelf by Lydia Pyne. 

Come along to VOLUME at 5 PM on Thursday 29th for some OBJECT LESSONS (as part of WINTER@VOLUME). Stella will be discussing the role of the object with fellow jeweller Katie Pascoe, whose Possession project repurposed exchanged objects. Bring along an object to discuss. Find out more about Bloomsbury's OBJECT LESSONS series. 

>> 'Is the Object Really Necessary?' Read Stella's provocative essay, presented to Jemposium in 2012.  

>> Visit the Object Lessons website to learn more about the books and all manner of related essays and articles (you can even submit your own object lesson). 

The first six people who purchase books from the Object Lessons series this week will get a stylish Object Lessons tote bag courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing. 

06/17/2017 12:56 PM

Our Book of the Week this week is Haruki Murakami's Men Without Women. The book contains seven stories of men choosing loneliness as a way of avoiding pain, even if it brings them close to self-erasure. It includes all your favourite Murakami signatures (cats, pasta, baseball, music, mysterious women).

>> Read Stella's review.

>> There is, of course, a playlist for this book.

>> Murakami's lonely men.

>> Other books by Murakami at VOLUME.

>> A short animated biography.

>> In search of this elusive writer.

>> Murakami's website and FaceBook page.

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>> Come along to the MY VOLUME book group at 5 PM on Thursday 22nd June to discuss this book. Register when you purchase a copy.

06/10/2017 01:06 PM

This week's BOOK OF THE WEEK is See You When I See You by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson 
Dani is on a school trip to the zoo, and the teacher tells the children how to stay safe and not get lost. But Dani gets separated from the others. Suddenly another class is rushing up the path and at the back of the noisy crowd is someone she recognizes: Ella! The good friends are so happy to be together again and Ella wants to play. What should Dani do? Follow her best friend in the whole world or do as the teacher said? 

>> Read Stella's review

>> This is the fifth book about Dani and her friend Ella. Have you read the others? 

My Happy Life
Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. She's happy because she's going to start school. Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life. Then things get even better  -  she meets Ella by the swings. After that, Dani and Ella do everything together. They stick together through wet and dry, sun and rain, thick and thin. But then something happens that Dani isn't prepared for.
My Heart is Laughing
Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But when some girls in Dani's class start being cruel to her, it starts a chain of rather unhappy events. It would all be okay if only Ella would move back.
When I am Happiest
It's the second-to-last day of school and Dani's so happy she could write a book about it! In fact, that's exactly what she's done, although it's not quite finished yet. Now the book is in her backpack with all the other things she has to take home before the summer break. But then Dani gets some bad news. How will she ever be happy again? 
Life According to Dani
Its Dani's first summer vacation and the best ever! She is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. Dad is still in hospital but he calls every day, and Ella and Dani stay busy building huts, fishing, exploring, and swimming. Then Dad turns up, but with his new girlfriend! This is not the visit anyone had imagined. 

>> Bouncing back!

>> Do you read Swedish?

06/03/2017 01:47 PM

This week's Book of the Week is Peter Korn's Why We Make Things and Why It Matters
Why do humans continue to make new objects in a world already full of objects? Why do we esteem things that are well made, and why do some people choose to devote their lives to making things well? 

>> Peter Korn is the founder and director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, a model for craft education and a hotbed of craft philosophy. 

>> A free lecture from Korn

>> Hard at work

>> Techne is its own branch of philosophy, distinct from epistime

>> Why do we hate cheap things?

>> But 'Is the Object Really Necessary?' (also here)

05/27/2017 06:30 AM

Our Book of the Week this week is Olivia Laing's The Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone.  Olivia Laing not only describes her often-late-night walks across New York, but, more especially, her journeys through a state of mind. Wandering through art, literature, politics and activism, Laing gives us an insightful picture of the conflicting impulses of  immersion and disjuncture the beset us all. 

>> "How art helped me see the beauty in loneliness."

>> "What is so shameful about having failed to achieve satisfaction, about experiencing unhappiness?"

>> Olivia Laing's playlist for The Lonely City

>> An interview with the author. 

>> Some statistics about self-perceived loneliness in New Zealand. 

>> More than one million lonely New Zealanders

>> Laing's previous book: The Trip to Echo Spring: On writers and drinking

05/20/2017 02:33 PM

This week's Book of the Week is Catherine Chidgey's exquisitely written novel The Wish Child, which has just won the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

>> Read Stella's review

>> Read an excerpt

>> Wrestling with her inner critic

>> Two births in one year

>> A night at the Ockhams in a not-very-good seat

05/13/2017 11:55 AM
This week's Book of the Week is My Father's Island by Adam Dudding (published by Victoria University Press).
Adam Dudding's book is a memoir of his father, Robin Dudding, a foremost literary editor of his time, catalyst to a generation of New Zealand writers, resolute bohemian, devoted but flawed father and husband.

>> Read Stella's review.

>> The book has been short-listed for the General Non-Fiction section of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

>> An extract from the book.

>> An interview with Adam.

>> Adam Dudding chats with Kim Hill.

>> An obituary for Robin Dudding, groomed by Charles Brasch as editor of Landfall and founder of the literary journal Islands.