Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to A C Young,

    Kerry Greenwood for good wry mysteries (I enjoy reading her Corinna Chapman novels more than Phryne Fisher although I love the TV series).

    I have just discovered the TV series and it's my current binge-watch. I'm loving Essie Davis doing Diana Rigg.

    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis is technically a time travel comedy but there’s some decent stuff in there involving classic mysteries.

    This is also a favourite book of mine. I think we might have similar senses of humour. And I'm pondering now how many of my non-mystery favourites nonetheless involve unravelling What Actually Happened.

    Not even tempted by the Machete order?

    If I HAD to watch them all again, this is how I'd do it. But I can't fathom what would make me sit through I and II again.

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Have you read Dan Simmons’ ’Drood’?

    Oo, no I haven't. I may have to get myself a Christmas present then.

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to linger,

    Is Jane Ayre the one what goes,
    “I wish I’d looked after me wife, and not locked her upstairs for life…”?

    All the names I spell-checked so carefully for this column, and I missed that. Eyre.

    I bought Chandler’s The Big Sleep to keep me sane on a work trip, and was very pleased to find rich veins of humour and snappy repartee alongside the hardboiledness.

    The Big Sleep is my favourite, still. I have a lovely old battered green Penguin copy that was given to me by David Haywood at the very start of our friendship.

    One of the hazards of older SciFi is the problem of current technology making the futuristic SciFi tech look old hat.

    Last weekend, we binged-watched the three existing Star Wars movies with friends, and we were all struck by the way they kept talking about the Death Star plans as if they were, like, a physical roll of paper.

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  • Up Front: Reading Murder Books, in reply to Amy Gale,

    A boarding pass. For Amy Gale.

    I have left so many boarding passes in library books. When you're not using them as bookmarks, they tuck neatly inside the jacket flap of a standard hard-cover.

    I get a lot of re-read pleasure out of Pride and Prejudice (not so much Austin’s other works, but P and P is awesome).

    This is an odd co-incidence, because I was just thinking that of my four 'favourite books', P&P is the only one that isn't in some way a mystery. Rebecca certainly is, and I think, stretching the point more, Possession is as well.

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  • Up Front: So Farewell Then, UCSA, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Alice Ronald and Tess Rooney’s comments are lifted verbatim!
    There’s cheap content and all that
    and then there’s theft…

    Well. Shit. A couple of days ago I got an email from a Press journo I know, asking if he could put another journalist in touch with me about using some of the stuff from this thread. I said yes, intending to ask commenters whose stuff he wanted for their permission. And that was the last I heard.

    I'm going to assume there's been a miscommunication somewhere. All I can do is apologise to anyone who didn't want their story spread all over their local daily.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Marion Ogier,

    Really? What if the informals outnumbered the first choice? Or if you don’t bother to vote at all – could a low, low turnout be construed as a protest. I really hate this whole process and how we have arrived at this point.

    Really. Really really. A vote is not a protest. If you want to protest, actually protest. If you have at any point objected to the cost of the referenda, I'd suggest binning your ballot paper. It's the cheapest thing to do, and will be reflected in the % turnout.

    I was mildly annoyed to see Annette King (I think) on the news the other night advocating that if you wanted to keep our existing flag, you should vote 1 (or 0) across all the flags in this referendum. That's spoiling your vote. Again, you may as well not vote.

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  • Hard News: Stories: Home,

    We also moved around a fair bit when I was a child. And since moving to Christchurch when I was eighteen, I've lived in ten places. Four of those, with my children. The place where we've lived for the last six years, which I'd intended to be my home for life, and to be the 'home' the kids could always come back to when they were grown, has encompassed for them the earthquakes, disruption to their schooling, and the break-up of their parents' relationship.

    I really valued the stability of my mother's house, where I lived from 6 to 18, and where she lived until she died five years ago. That was Home for me, and remains my mythological home now it's passed from our family. As Jackie says, the place your parents move to after you leave Home is never home.

    What I share with my mother is the sense that home isn't so much the building as the garden around it.

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  • Up Front: How I Learned to Stop Worrying…, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Thanks Geoff. I guess at some point today I should get dressed and go buy a paper. It still feels quite unreal.

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  • Up Front: How I Learned to Stop Worrying…, in reply to despud,

    Would there be a men’s quota as well as a women’s quota?

    That's how it functions, both in the Green Party, and Trudeau's cabinet. It's not 'there must be at least X% of women', it's 'there must be at least X% of women, and of men'.

    I sometimes argue that in one critical metric, men are strongly disadvantaged – our lifespans are several years less than women’s. What could be more important than that? So we should stop funding research and treatment of women’s health issues until the gap is closed.

    Well, you're in luck there, because the gap is closing. We also know why women live longer than men. Partly it's because, to vastly over-simplify, testosterone is physically bad for you. Mostly it's behavioural. Men are less likely to go to the doctor. They're more likely to die from homicide and suicide. They're more violent. They drink more. Why? Because taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally, is seen as girly. Unmasculine. It's the patriarchy, dude. Men would live longer if they softened the fuck up.

    What could be more important than that?

    Quality of life? How much you earn, and so how much you can save for your longer retirement? How safe you feel, on the street, in your home?

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  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical, in reply to DeepRed,

    On that note, how seriously do tough-on-crime types take rape culture? With the usual bluster of the usual suspects? Or do they take the ‘uncovered meat’ view and fob it off as PC gone mad?

    "Tough on crime" is actually "tough on criminals". Well, poor brown criminals, not middle-class white guys who assault taggers. "Tough on crime" is also pro-smacking. It's weird in McVicarCoskrie land. There's about as much interest in rape culture as there is in poverty and racism as drivers of crime. Consensual sex in a book, now, that's a different matter...

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