Aoteoroa: The Land of the Long White Cloud. My country, my culture, my home, and the theme of Sunday night’s Donut Club. I have a difficult relationship with New Zealand literature. I love supporting New Zealand talent and culture and believe we have a phenomenal amount of talent for our small size, but when I […]Read more "The Literature of New Zealand: Donut Club. III"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This week’s picks feature witches, teenagers, alone time, and Patti Smith (sound like the inspiration behind a Lorde song to me). Enjoy. Sometimes, I just want everyone to leave me alone: inspired by a TED talk, Quiet Revolution is an online […]Read more "Pixel Picks. IX"
If in doubt, go to the library: a mantra taught by the one and only Hermione Granger. Hermione sees the library as a hallowed place and respects books as not only valuable sources of information, but as enlightening sources of entertainment. I can imagine Hermione’s ‘to-read’ pile is endless, but she would no doubt have […]Read more "A Novel Reading List: Hermione Granger"
If I was to have a motto or a personal philosophy, as Snicket points out is “like having a pet marmoset”, mine would be “Read! and then re-read!” Reading is one of the most important thing one can do in their lives, for a variety of reasons that I will not explain now. But if […]Read more "Every Literary reference in A Series of Unfortunate Events that I missed when I was 10"
Something a Murakami character would play in his lonely Tokyo apartment, sipping Cutty Sark, with a strange cat asleep at his feet: a video game inspired by the Murakami’s magical realism. An independent Canadian studio BitByterz have created a game inspired by the stories of Haruki Murakami himself. The game unites magical realism and point-and-click Memoranda tells the story […]Read more "Murakami Monday: Memoranda"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. Enjoy. F is for Feminism: Lenny Letter is an awesome email newsletter, the most recent one has a sassy essay from Jennifer Lawrence about the gender pay gap. A Novel Outfit: from Sherlock to The Little Prince, kids in literary costumes. Hangover […]Read more "Pixel Picks. VIII"
Matilda Wormwood is the ultimate bookworm. She learns to read at the mere age of three, and by the time she is four she has the reading ability of an adult. At four years old, Matilda is more well-read than I am. Her super-intelligence leads to magical powers – she can levitate and move things […]Read more "A Novel Reading List: Matilda Wormwood"