Posts by JacksonP

  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    Harper Lee? Have just finished Go Set a Watchman, and was pleased to find the world didn't end.

    It's hard to say that I 'liked' it. I didn't hate it, and it was an easy read in the sense the characters were familiar, if a little disappointing. Scout spends a lot of time reminiscing, and internalising complicated situations in her head, and I would end it differently. But hey, this was never supposed to be published, so we take what we can get, right?

    Interested if others have read it, and what your thoughts are.

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

    cut off as she approached her prime

    I agree. With the works she had produced, at 51 you’d think the world was ahead of her. Fuck cancer.

    If we’re making lists, some perhaps not mentioned above:

    Janette Turner Hospital ( Due Preparations for the Plague, The Claimant)
    Lionel Shriver.

    Téa Obreht, who has yet to follow up the amazing debut The Tiger’s Wife, but apparently is working on something.
    Rachel Kushner, although The Flame Throwers wasn’t quite as good as the hype suggested, IMO.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2267 posts Report Reply

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

    A Bogan politician would then be an oxymoron

    Tim Shadbolt is indeed an oxymoron.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    The idea of not reading women writers is about as absurd to me as not liking bacon.

    Bad analogy?

    After Ursula Le Guin, Angela Carter probably had the strongest impact on me as an early reader. It was a long time ago now, but reading The Passion of New Eve at an impressionable age... left an impression.

    More recently friends at Time Out Bookstore (plug) recommended Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Series, and I read the first three in quick succession, and am eagerly awaiting the 4th and final one due in translation later this year.

    Ferrante seems to me to have one of the strongest female (strangely I wanted to say 'not male') voices in any fiction I've read, and I loved it.

    If you are interested, there is screeds of stuff about her on the Guardian, and also an exclusive interview from the Paris Review, which I made it half way through - with the intention of going back.

    Also, because I'm not above blowing smoke (cough), Emma, your writing 'voice' is one of my favourites. :-)

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  • Capture: Pocket Edition,

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    Moon slide*.
    *May contain Photoshop, and nuts.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Silver and Gold,

    ETA: Oh right, I didn’t read the comments. Wilco has already been listed.

    New CHVRCHES also.

    https://soundcloud.com/chvrches/chvrches-leave-a-trace

    Loving the Tame Impala too. ‘Nangs!’

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  • Capture: Pocket Edition, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    Behind you!

    Just went for coffee.

    Got bonus time with Babushka!

    Late breaking news, the coffee machine rides again!

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  • Speaker: Identification strategy: Now…, in reply to Tze Ming Mok,

    Go tell someone who isn’t Chinese. It’s not really the right moment.

    Hear, hear.

    I don’t feel inclined to add much to this except my support for Tze Ming, Keith, and others who are exposing this for what it is. It feels like a giant step backwards.

    Aren’t we better than this?

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  • Capture: Pocket Edition,

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    A day at the beach.

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    On the move.

    Nice ones K. :-)

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