Picking at the Surface
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Books to Look Out for in 2019

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Society

Vanessa Crofskey on compulsive grooming, beauty and survival.

I watch my mum from the upstairs window as she bends over a patch of dirt and upturns the earth. She works late nights as a software developer, so these hours in the garden are hers. Determinedly, she pushes her knees into the concrete and pulls a weed out from the soil bed. An hour later, she is still scouring the earth, bundles of...

Theatre

Roger Hall is the most successful playwright in New Zealand, but it looks like he's scared of everyone below retirement age. What's worse is that it might just be our fault... and not in the ways you think. Adam Goodall digs into the mistakes that Aotearoa playwrights – especially the young ones – keep making when they write stories about old age for the stage, and what needs to change to get them right....

Literature

Literature editor Hannah Newport-Watson does a reccie of new books appearing on the horizon this year in Aotearoa. Here’s a selection of forthcoming poetry, fiction and non-fiction we’re excited about.

Poetry

Under Glass by Gregory Kan (Auckland University Press, March 2019)

Gregory Kan’s first collection of poetry, This Paper Boat (2016), was restrained and quietly haunting. I loved the...

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Society
Picking at the Surface
Theatre
Naughty Nanas and Sad Old Men: How We've Screwed Up Old Age on Our Stage
Literature
Books to Look Out for in 2019
Bill Viola: "The Raft" (2004)
Read Time: 2 mins
Art
Bill Viola: "The Raft" (2004)
By Joe Nunweek
Films I'm Looking Forward To This Year
Read Time: 11 mins
Screen
Films I'm Looking Forward To This Year
By Hugh Lilly
Ten Films I Loved in 2010
Read Time: 19 mins
Screen
Ten Films I Loved in 2010
By Hugh Lilly
“If He Could Only Connect…”
Read Time: 34 mins
Peak Sorkin, Eisenberg-as-Zuckerberg, and the Inception...
Screen
“If He Could Only Connect…”
By Hugh Lilly
Ten Articles That Defined My Year
Read Time: 11 mins
Internet Histories
Ten Articles That Defined My Year
By Rosabel Tan
Safy Etiel (aka Safy SNIPER)
Read Time: 2 mins
Music
Safy Etiel (aka Safy SNIPER)
By Joe Nunweek
The Greatest Fall Interview Ever
Read Time: 15 mins
Music
The Greatest Fall Interview Ever
By Joe Nunweek
Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future
Read Time: 3 mins
Art
Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future
By Rosabel Tan