The paper chase #8

by Guy Somerset / 30 May, 2011
Must-reads from the world's book pages.

Words are stupid, words are fun, words can put you on the run.

Witness the journalese skewered here.

Kingsley Amis also had a thing or two to say about language, recalls son Martin.

He wasn't the first and won't be the last, either.

And if we're talking words.

A rant against em dashes, while we're at it.

Nervous about writing anything ever again? I am. But here goes ...

Read any good books lately? Claimed to have ready any good books lately? And here's the essay that prompted the blog.

Perth-based New Zealander Stephen Daisley's debut Traitor is shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in Australia. How will it fare in the New Zealand Post Book Awards, for which shortlists and Best First Book Awards are announced on Wednesday?

A first novel "almost wholly without redeeming qualities". Who can resist a review like that? Or perhaps you're nicer than I am.

Nigella Lawson and How to Be a Domestic Feminist.

While on the revisionist path - the case for Wallis Simpson and Vladimir Nabokov: genius or narcissist?

Plus the perils of too many book awards.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. Hurrah. Or maybe they won't. Sigh.

VS Naipaul on the influence upon him of his father.

Talking of Naipaul, he and Paul Theroux have buried the hatchet.

Novelist Hari Kunzru on China's disappeared dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

A new Lydia Davis story courtesy of Granta.

Lo, the meta-memoir. (Very Lydia Davis, that.)

Rip It Up and Start Again author Simon Reynolds's new book is about nostalgia. More a case of Sellotape it back together and hope nobody notices the joins. It is also reviewed here.

Talking of nostalgia, novelist Wesley Stace's Times Literary Supplement review of two new David Bowie biographies. (Stace is, when he is so minded, also singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding.)

Finally, Al Brown blogs about his Auckland Writers & Readers Festival encounter with AA Gill. (With thanks to Stephen Stratford's Quote Unquote for the pointer.)
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


Climate change: New study finds worst case scenario might not be as bad
85994 2018-01-18 08:27:48Z Environment

Climate change: New study finds worst case scenari…

by Charlie Dreaver

Global warming's worst case scenario may not be as bad as previously thought, a new climate change study says.

Read more
The science of sibling rivalries
85949 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Science

The science of sibling rivalries

by Sally Blundell

Who was the favourite? Who got the most? Sibling relationships set up patterns that last a lifetime.

Read more
The Post – movie review
85900 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Movies

The Post – movie review

by Peter Calder

Meryl Streep shines in Steven Spielberg’s thrilling Nixon-era newspaper drama.

Read more
Homegrown rosé: The best of New Zealand's pink wine
86039 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Wine

Homegrown rosé: The best of New Zealand's pink win…

by Michael Cooper

More people are reaching for a home-grown tinted tipple of rosé.

Read more
MetroLOLs for January
85710 2018-01-18 00:00:00Z Humour

MetroLOLs for January

by Metro

This month's LOLs include: Things your office is planning to implement in 2018 to “cater to millennials”.

Read more
Ending solo mum sanction could cost govt $25m a year
85960 2018-01-17 13:14:44Z Social issues

Ending solo mum sanction could cost govt $25m a ye…

by Craig McCulloch

Officials warn the cost could blow out "considerably" if the plan encourages more mothers not to name their baby's father.

Read more
Confessions of a shoplifter
85914 2018-01-17 07:11:11Z Crime

Confessions of a shoplifter

by Anonymous

A sticky-fingered habit finally catches up with a young Kiwi crim, who discovers the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Read more
Tidy Kiwis? We generate 734kg of waste each per year - and it's growing
85908 2018-01-17 06:59:32Z Environment

Tidy Kiwis? We generate 734kg of waste each per ye…

by Nita Blake-Persen

The government is vowing to cut the amount of waste New Zealanders create, which is estimated to be among the highest in the developed world.

Read more