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
The New Zealand Story?
Read Time: 6 mins
Literature
The New Zealand Story?
By Rosabel Tan
Dennis Cooper/Deerhunter - Helicopter
Read Time: 4 mins
Literature
Dennis Cooper/Deerhunter - Helicopter
By Joe Nunweek
One Dead Groove
Read Time: 7 mins
Literature
One Dead Groove
By Joe Nunweek
Aurora Borealis FOR EVERYONE!!!1
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
Aurora Borealis FOR EVERYONE!!!1
By Rosabel Tan
One-way Mirrors and Social Media “Stalking”
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
One-way Mirrors and Social Media “Stalking”
By Hugh Lilly
Tao on Tao
Read Time: 3 mins
Literature
Tao on Tao
By Rosabel Tan
Whangarei, September 18
Read Time: 1 minute
Internet Histories
Whangarei, September 18
By Joe Nunweek
James Franco and The Absurd
Read Time: 3 mins
Art
James Franco and The Absurd
By Rosabel Tan