Scoop Review of Books

Archive for April, 2008

Five Books: Anarchism

Five Books that Made (and Keep) Me an Anarchist

comet1.jpgComet in Moominland (Puffin Books, 1971) was the first of the Moomin books I read as a child. Some of Moomin Valley’s inhabitants, notably hemulems, still show a fondness for authority, but this is regarded as a character flaw by sensible people. Read more »

Beckett to Judge Mansfield Award

Students entering stories for this year’s BNZ Katherine Mansfield Awards will be judged by one of the country’s most commercially successful writers. Read more »

Ironing Out the Wrinkles and Struggles

Tramper and writer RICHARD THOMSON reviews three very different books on tramping and the outdoors.

9781877257537.jpg Tramping, according to Shaun Barnett is ‘often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring’. Non-trampers will probably be inclined to agree with the first two parts of that description, and it can sometimes seem that for trampers themselves enduring the privations of a trip into the hills brings as much satisfaction as the inspiration to be gained from the countryside. Read more »

When We Wished We Were Orphans

Text Publishing 2007. ( $28.) Reviewed by BERNARD STEEDS


Miranda July writes beautifully. Her dialogue crackles. Her plots writhe. Her prose floats over surfaces, hinting at what’s beneath. And, yet, I can’t think of a single person I’d recommend this book to. Read more »

US Poet in Wellington

Legendary San Francisco poet Michael Palmer is travelling to Wellington for a master class with poets from Victoria University’s creative writing programme. Read more »

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