“As the dawn approached, I gave up trying to sleep. I threw a cardigan over my pajamas, padded out to the kitchen, and made some coffee. I sat at the kitchen table and watched the sky grow lighter by the minute. It had been a long time since I’d seen the dawn.” The final passage […]Read more "Murakami Monday: Close reading the final pages"
Hazel Lancaster suffers from Thyroid Cancer with tumors in her lungs. She wheels around an oxygen tank and on the regular, her lungs fill up with water. Hazel is drowning from the inside out. For the past few years, just like Hazel, “my lungs suck and being lungs”. I don’t have cancer (which I am […]Read more "Literary Wardrobe: The Fault in our Stars"
If I were to organise a Writers Festival this would be my dream lineup: Fiction: Donna Tartt Haruki Murakami John Green J.K. Rowling Ali Smith Jeffrey Eugenides Non-Fiction: Tavi Gevinson Lena Dunham Alain de Botton Rebecca Solnit Poetry: Patti Smith Nick Cave Carol Ann Duffy The South Auckland Poetry Collective Mary Oliver Magazines, Journalism + […]Read more "Wishful Thinking: Writers Festival Lineup"
I have been reading Murakami since I was a teenager, delighting in the wonderful words that were presented on the page. So, you can imagine my delight when the Auckland Writer’s Festival announced that he would be coming to New Zealand to speak. It is strange to think that Murakami would choose to come to New […]Read more "Murakami Monday: The Auckland Writers Festival"
“Art makes nothing happen in a way that makes something happen.” Ali Smith’s How to be Both is a novel in two strands: the eyes and the camera. The strands offer a view of art, life, gender, love, language, and time through these two mediums. Two characters, one’s past and one’s future intertwine in the present as they […]Read more "Literary Wardrobe: How to be Both"