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International Women's Day. Not.

I love Caitlin Moran. In case you don’t know who this excellent person is, don’t worry. In Moranisfesto she admits that it’s only very specific groups who do – girls who wear lots of eyeliner,... Read more

A letter to Nicholas

The New World mall in Great King Street Dunedin is not normally the place of dreams, but for one boy last week it was. Read more

Why C K Stead is the Mike Hosking of lit crit

This essay was written in an ongoing fit of indignation and subseqently entered into the 2017 Landfall essay competition. It didn't get anywhere - read anyway and let me know what you think. Read more

Infatuated with Javier Marias

To our lovers, wives and husbands, are we all merely substitutes? Are we loved simply because this is where we are at a particular place at a particular time in the life of the other,... Read more

Bibliophilia is bollocks

The Victorian art critic, John Ruskin, said, " If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying". I wonder if he would say now, "If a book is worth reading, it is worth a... Read more

The Mijo Tree

Are you are wondering what to give to someone this Christmas, that friend or relative who has everything except a stylishly bound and beautifully illustrated book from New Zealand's greatest writer? Look no further than... Read more

Now it's poor drivers

On the news last night, there was a segment on the Accident Compensation Corporation's proposal to reduce ACC levies for people owning cars that the Corporation has rated as being the safest. Read more

Rich people are weird

Due to a set of circumstances too convoluted to go into here, I found myself on board a ship recently with 30-odd rich people or, as we like to say in New Zealand, the "comfortably off". Read more