Posts by Craig Ranapia

  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Once again, don’t inflate my argument. I’m talking about an issue for which the democratic process has so far simply not worked. And I’m sick of seeing some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community persecuted for it – whilst some of the wealthiest and most privileged profit from it.

    Well, yes... and many many years ago I did my time as not great court reporter and it was pretty hard to miss that if you got caught with a couple of joints on your person on Friday night would was much more likely to get discharged and who wasn't. (Hint: It really helped if you were a white university student.)

    But you don't like the law, convince the legislature to change it but don't expect lawyers and judges to do that. Do you want the judiciary legislating from the bench or, vice versa, politicians and the media and lobbyists acting as self-appointed and unaccountable jurists? That strikes me as causing a lot more problems than it solves.

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  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Nick Russell,

    there are a bunch of people down here in Wellington who can actually change the law. Lawyers and courts, not so much

    Actually not at all -- there's very good reasons why we separate the judicial and legislative branches of government. Isn't there?

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  • Hard News: Media Take Takes a Break,

    Ihug founder Tim Wood and his wife Sasha, have brought private money and business sense. It’s very notable that the Woods’ $500,000 investment in The Dark Horse has already been returned.

    The Dark Horse is also a film that's had a low-key but pretty astute international release -- just getting the basics right, What should be really interesting is how the U.S. release on December 11th is going to go. I'm hoping Fear The Walking Dead is going to be the hit AMC expects, and Cliff Curtis can leverage some attention off that and onto this.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Well, yes. Was very pleasantly surprised to find I'd not only read nine of the longlisted titles this year (including The Chimes), but liked them all. Hasn't happened for years. But with all due and sincere respect to Smaill, Marilynne Robinson's Lila is leading the pack by a considerable margin. This, along with Gilead and Home was well worth waiting two-and-a-half decades for.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Someone in the comments is all “I only read Pratchett and Gaiman”, and I’ve had EXACTLY that conversation with someone I know.

    I've also had that kind of conversation with someone who claims to be a serious crime/mystery reader. I was literally lost for words -- and everyone here should know how rare that is. FFS, I just can't take anyone seriously who claims to be a fan of this genre but says with a straight face they've never read Christie, Sayers, Marsh and Allingham. Or Patricia Highsmith. Ruth Rendell and P.D. James? Anne Rule -- the 'Queen of True Crime' who died earlier this week? Closer to home: How about Kerry Greenwood, Anne Perry and Vanda Symon? Margaret Millar? Gladys Mitchell? Marina Cole? Gillian Flynn? Patricia Cornwall and Sara Paretsky, who (IMO) aren't at the top of their game anymore but still productive? Susan Hill?

    That's just the names I've pulled out of the air -- and none of whom are hard to find in any decently stocked public library or bookstore (new or secondhand).

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    I was well aware of Alice Munro when I lived in Victoria, British Columbia, for a couple of years, as there was a magnificent local bookstore (Munro’s books) which was founded by Munro and her then-husband in 1963.

    And still going strong! I wish I could find the link again, but there was a rather amusing piece about how after she won the Nobel the staff found themselves explaining they really couldn’t put the owner’s first wife on the phone since she hasn’t worked there for over forty years. :)

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Apparently she took up writing as she decided she could do a better job than many of the books that were available back then.

    That's a very good reason for writing anything -- if nobody else is writing what you want to read, why not give it a poke? :)

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Or Alice Munro

    True -- but it's kind of depressing anyone would have to. As far as I'm aware, she's the only person to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature who worked entirely in the short story form. And started building her formidable reputation when the conventional wisdom was that you could count on a clenched fist the number of people interested in reading Canadian "literary realism" -- let alone short fiction written by women.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    ’ve only recently read Every Day is Mother’s Day, which I believe is her first. On the strength of that I’m looking forward to the later stuff, though the subject matter seems worlds away.

    The irony is that she had another historical novel -- A Place of Greater Safety, which I'd strongly recommend -- wasn't published until 1992 (after she had five other novels under her belt) because nobody was willing to take a punt on a very long novel about the French Revolution from an unknown.

    Totally agree with you Mantel just doesn't do kitchen sink sentimentality. If you'd like some insight into why, her memoir Giving Up The Ghost is well worth tracking down.

    Neither does Ferrante -- which may go a very long way to explaining why she's blown up despite the pretty dismal amounts of contemporary fiction that gets translated into English these days.

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  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    Therefore: "conservative proletariat." If votes are emotive, it's the "conservative" part that wins the vote. Fuck proletariat.

    Um, OK... You know, conservative ≠ "pathologically racist, misogynistic, homophobic and thick as a bucket of pig shit left out in the sun" any more than bogan does.

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