Monthly Archives: December 2007

A crime by any other name…

Pop quiz: one of these euphemisms for torture was used by the Gestapo and the other by the Bush administration. Which is which? (a) "Enhanced coercive interrogation technique" (b) "Refined interrogation technique" The answer can be found here. Read and … Continue reading

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Look This Way on the radio

Oops – forget to mention: Arts on Sunday (Radio NZ National) recently interviewed me for a piece on Look This Way (for which I contributed an appreciation of Barry Linton). You can listen to the interview here, if you're quick … Continue reading

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Reaffirming reality

Surely one of the agonizing attributes of our post–September 11 age is the unending need to reaffirm realities that have been proved, and proved again, but just as doggedly denied by those in power, forcing us to live trapped between … Continue reading

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Why We Fight

Watch this documentary from BBC on YouTube. It's called 'Why We Fight,' is directed by Charlotte Street, and explores the US military-industrial complex. Why We Fight 1/4 Read and post comments | Send to a friend

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Lolita

I've just finished Lolita, which is just as good as everyone says it is, and thought I'd jot down this comment from Nabokov's afterword (not because it reflects my own opinion, but simply because it's interesting and I want to … Continue reading

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The Comics Show – DVD now out!

The perfect Xmas gift for the comics obsessive in your life: The Comics Show, a wonderful documentary about New Zealand cartoonists directed by Shirley Horrocks (yes, she's my step-mother – but she's also an award-winning documentary maker!), now available on … Continue reading

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