Posts by Carol Stewart

  • Hard News: Everybody has one, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Du Fresne is a puzzle. His feature writing is generally excellent. His columns, or worse, his blog posts, are often weird and cranky.

    They're pretty much all weird and cranky. His DomPost column last week, bagging Otago University public health researchers, was a shocker. Luckily a few people struck back via letters to the editor, pointing out that public health research has brought us longer lifespans and relative freedom from infectious diseases. Cranks gonna crank, I guess.

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  • Speaker: Saying what we actually mean on…,

    Great post, Kirk. I'm really enjoying your analysis.

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  • Speaker: Why we need to stop talking…,

    I really enjoyed George Lakoff's book Don't think of an elephant which is all about how the political right in the USA has nailed the
    framing of the debate on issues such as income tax - e.g. they speak of 'tax relief', thereby implying that tax is a burden. I then assumed that the problem of the right dominating the framing was a US problem and never really thought about how it might be the case here. So thank you so much for this thoughtful and excellent piece.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    How awesome is this news, which no doubt you've all heard by now? NZ poet Anna Smaill makes Booker long list with her fiction debut. Being on the same list as Anne Tyler, Anne Enright, Marilynne Robinson - just WOW.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to chris,

    Thomas Hardy

    Bathsheba Everdene, sure. Tess of the D'Urbervilles? Hmm. I remember finding her very insipid when I read the book at high school but my adult self might be a bit more sympathetic to poor Tess.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Rich Lock,

    good depictions of women in literature written by men

    Michael Cunningham, The Hours.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    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? :)

    Indeed, although the results are not always as fabulous as was the case for Munro. The same motivation also applied to Agnes-Mary Brooke, who took to writing her own books for children as she was so dismayed what she saw as the left-wing agenda in NZ children's authors (warning: contains a reference to Investigate magazine).

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

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

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    Speaking of stories short - I don't think anyone's mentioned KM. Or Alice Munro, or Lorrie Moore. Closer to home I've really enjoyed Charlotte Grimshaw's short story collections even if she observes her characters with a baleful eye.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Have you read Tove Jansson's The Summer Book, Hilary? One of my favourites ever.

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