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
At War With These Cultural Vampires
Read Time: 4 mins
Music
At War With These Cultural Vampires
By Joe Nunweek
My Kushy New Job
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
My Kushy New Job
By Hugh Lilly
The Many Moods of Malcolm Tucker
Read Time: 1 minute
Internet Histories
The Many Moods of Malcolm Tucker
By Joe Nunweek
Escape Da Cakes: Rambo
Read Time: 2 mins
Internet Histories
Escape Da Cakes: Rambo
By Rosabel Tan
Ballard, Sheffield, and Waiting to Die
Read Time: 8 mins
Art
Ballard, Sheffield, and Waiting to Die
By Joe Nunweek
Extreme Solitude
Read Time: 1 min
Internet Histories
Extreme Solitude
By Hugh Lilly
Cramps - Etgar Keret
Read Time: 3 mins
Literature
Cramps - Etgar Keret
By Joe Nunweek
The Secret History
Read Time: 1 min
Literature
The Secret History
By Rosabel Tan