March 24, 2018

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Features

Comma chameleon

In language, as in so many areas of life, what once were vices are now habits – and traditionalists are having to chill out. by Jane Clifton

Baiting the hook

The literary editor of the Spectator, Sam Leith, who has written a book about how to write, likes to have his rules and ignore them. by Mark Broatch

Out of control

Controversial historian Niall Ferguson takes a critical look at the uneasy alliance between official power and the disruptive influence of social and political networks. by Sally Blundell

The book of Tara

Tara Westover escaped a stifling – not to say hazardous – religious upbringing to write a bestseller about it. by Diana Wichtel

The queen of America

Despite a triumphant wartime visit to New Zealand, Eleanor Roosevelt remains the butt of unkind jokes. by Redmer Yska

Toy story

The Christchurch earthquakes were a wake-up call for toy collector Alan Preston to follow his dreams. by Clare de Lore

 

This Life

Health Dizzying vertigo is distressing, but a simple treatment can be effective. by Ruth Nichol

Nutrition Some citrus fruits play havoc with medication. by Jennifer Bowden

Food The spud is a kitchen staple for a very good reason. by Lauraine Jacobs

Wine Biodynamic principles influence decisions at a small organic Wairarapa winery. by Michael Cooper

Psychology The rules about what to do and what not to do vary with time and place. by Marc Wilson

Technology Samsung’s latest smartphone performs a clever trick with the light. by Peter Griffin

Sport The Australians earnt scant sympathy for the staircase stoush at Kingsmead. by Paul Thomas

 

Books & Culture

Mr Norse Guy

Norwegian literary luminary Karl Ove Knausgård is coming to the Auckland Writers Festival. What’s behind his rock-star status? by Andrew Anthony

Books by Philip Hensher, Cathy Kelly and Megan Dunn, about a young woman’s escape from Isis, and a Yemeni American’s coffee adventures.

Music The logical choice for the Taite Music Prize.

Film An interview with Armando Iannucci and The Death of Stalin reviewed.

 

Commentary

Editorial

Letters Plus Caption Competition, Quips & Quotes, Life in NZ and 10 Quick Questions

Bulletin from Abroad Anna Fifield in Tokyo

Back to Black Joanne Black

Politics Jane Clifton

Life Bill Ralston

The Good Life Michele Hewitson

 

Diversions

Diversions & Puzzles

Wordsworth Gabe Atkinson

 

That’s Entertainment

Television Fiona Rae

TV Films Fiona Rae

TV Review Diana Wichtel

Radio Fiona Rae

TV programmes

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