O Geoff Lealand? Bill Pearson didnt live long enough on the Coast to get his whitebaiting right
I can't vouch for Pearson's whitebaiting expertise but I do remember Coal Flat as being evocative of other aspects of life on the Coast--life in a burg like Granity, with a politics which has largely disappeared. . But it was years ago when I read it and I may be giving it undeserved praise.
I took a second year course in New Zealand Literature, in the first year it was offered (1980?) at the Univ of Canterbury. I wonder if it still on the programme.
I reckon that Bill Pearson's Coal Flat_ --a neglected NZ minor masterpiece--is well worth seeking out.
and something called My First Stabbing
A little something which should be read by everyone, this summer and all summers to come!
McDonald is 50 years old? The things you assume--I just took it for granted that it was some 23 year old hoon on the run. What initiated the Friday events? If indeed it was something to do with a purse-snatching, then we do need to ask whether subsequent events (the pursuit, in particular) were justified.
Not so much books but working my way through a pile of quality magazines, such as Sight & Sound and The Word (one of the best music mags around). But I particularly savour saving up an issue or two of the US quarterly Stop Smiling ("The magazine for high-minded lowlifes") for summer reading. Does anyone else read this?
A couple of books on the go: David Mamet's Bambi vs Godzilla: on the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business (might not finish this--he does not write non-fiction that well); Wayne Brittenden's The Celluloid Circus: The Heyday of the New Zealand Picture Theatre (an enthralling pictorial history); and maybe Michael Schudson Why Democracies Need An Unlovable Press.
I wish people stopped reminding me that they've been to see Leonard Cohen. (The lucky bastards.)
I know what you mean. I feel the same about those lucky bastards who saw Neil Young at BDO.
I have done a review of LC's Auckland concert and it should be on kiwiboomers sometime soon.
Arcade Fire playing Springsteen! This is some kind of nirvana for me!!
That, for me (& I've studied, and indeed, practised "religions" for over 30 years before realising I was being a nitwit & abusing my brain)
Leonard Cohen said something similar during his mid-concert patter at his Auckland concert on Thursday night,
I have plunged myself into many religion and philosophies...but cheerfulness kept breaking through
It's amazing how the cold seems to seek out any exposed skin at those temperatures.
I feel for you, Jake. Presumably you have double glazing, hay bales are stacked along the base of your house, and a gas furnace roaring. A famous moment for me was when the-person-is-now-my-wife came to visit me in midwinter in NW Ohio, when I was doing my PhD. She had a shower and stepped out into a minus 29 afternoon (with wind-chill factor). Her hair froze solid and had to be carefully thawed out.
About the bike vs car battles. It is not so much cars as continuously dodging broken glass. Presumably it is idiot car drivers who toss the bottles onto cycle paths.