In this week's Listener – December 22, 2018

by The Listener / 18 December, 2018

December 22, 2018

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Features


What binds us

Having surveyed human society through its objects, celebrated art historian Neil MacGregor explores the enduring power of belief and ritual in a timely new work. by Andrew Anthony

In a parallel universe

Donald Trump may be a stark contrast to past Republican presidents but he bears comparison to a Democrat who survived impeachment and left office with a high approval rating. by Paul Thomas

A collector’s habit

In 1901, wealthy Wellingtonian Alexander Turnbull, founder of New Zealand’s greatest private library, enjoyed an idyllic Christmas cruise in the Marlborough Sounds on his yacht Iorangi. Within a few years, he spiralled into depression and cocaine addiction. What went wrong? by Redmer Yska

Catching up with the Joneses

Sir Michael Jones is an All Blacks legend, but it is the work he has done since his playing days that he is most proud of. by Clare de Lore

This Life


Health As allergies become more prevalent, worms – or their lack – are being blamed. by Nicky Pellegrino

Food Small producers are forging new and interesting directions for local cuisine, from cheese and chocolate to probiotic-rich pickles. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Add some distinctive flavours to your holiday relaxation regime. by Michael Cooper

Books & Culture


Wilde at heart For Rupert Everett, playing Oscar Wilde in a film he wrote and directed about the tragic final years of the playwright’s life was both an act of worship and a dream come true. by Diana Wichtel

Books New novels by Jodi Picoult, Andrew Sean Greer and Rosalie Ham, and crime from Lou Berney, Sara Gran and Michael Connelly

Film At Eternity’s Gate, The Children Act, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Commentary


Editorial

Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes and Life in NZ

Back to Black Joanne Black

Life Bill Ralston

Politics Jane Clifton

The Good Life Greg Dixon

Diversions


Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

15 Quick Questions Gabe Atkinson

That’s Entertainment


Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Ryan Holder

Radio Fiona Rae

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