Claire Mabey’s Lockdown Booklist
Comfort Food: A review of Tiny Moons by Nina Mingya Powles
You Treat Us Like We're The Virus

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Literature

Director of Verb Festival and literary programmer for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts Claire Mabey shares her reading recommendations for these strange times.

Present Claire is extremely thankful to past Claire’s book-hoarding habits. There are the groaning bookshelves, but also the piles on the floor, on top of the piano, by the bed, by the baby’s bed, in boxes and stacked in a chest. It’s like...

Literature

Chris Tse finds familiarity and comfort in Nina Mingya Powles' book, Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai. 

An American friend visiting Wellington once remarked on the number of Malaysian restaurants we had dotted throughout the CBD. It wasn’t something I had really thought about – they’re a ubiquitous part of the city’s local culinary scene, sustained by the fervent support of their most loyal customers...

Society

Racism sucks. Vanessa Crofskey writes about the hurt her and her peers feel as Chinese people during Covid-19.

Covid-19 recently got nicknamed the ‘Chinese virus’. It was something stupid that Donald Trump said and that other people echoed. Renaming the virus was a crudely obvious tactic that most people could clearly see through: associating a worldwide pandemic with the race who were the first...

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Literature
Claire Mabey’s Lockdown Booklist
Literature
Comfort Food: A review of Tiny Moons by Nina Mingya Powles
Society
You Treat Us Like We're The Virus
A Dream Of A Fantasy: Looking For Lori Watt
Read Time: 19 mins
From her base on the Kapiti Coast, one woman is realising...
Music
A Dream Of A Fantasy: Looking For Lori Watt
By Claire Duncan
A Simple Acknowledgement
Read Time: 12 mins
For the last week, the national discourse has been...
Society
A Simple Acknowledgement
By Pantograph Punch
A Journey Down The Banana Supply Chain
Read Time: 15 mins
Edward Miller on the price - and journey - of bananas...
Society
A Journey Down The Banana Supply Chain
By Edward Miller
I'm Feeling Lucky: The Forum
Read Time: 13 mins
Sam Brooks on the SimRTK forums
Internet Histories
I'm Feeling Lucky: The Forum
By Sam Brooks
Forgers, Thieves and Conmen: A Brief History of Art Crime in New Zealand
Read Time: 22 mins
Amanda Morrissey-Brown on art crime in NZ
Art
Forgers, Thieves and Conmen: A Brief History of Art Crime in New Zealand
By Amanda Morrissey-Brown
Magnificent Moon
Read Time: 13 mins
On the eve of her book launch, Hera Lindsay Bird chats...
Profiles
Magnificent Moon
By Hera Lindsay Bird
Tweets as Fiction: Black Box by Jennifer Egan
Read Time: 2 mins
Why Jennifer Egan is more exciting than Frowny Franzen...
Internet Histories
Tweets as Fiction: Black Box by Jennifer Egan
By Rosabel Tan
Empire in Flames: Kushana Bush on Crucifixions, Circumcisions and Black Magic
Read Time: 24 mins
Currently on show at City Gallery Wellington alongside...
Art
Empire in Flames: Kushana Bush on Crucifixions, Circumcisions and Black Magic
By Megan Dunn