Mansfield and Me — Sarah Laing

This biography/autobiography/graphic novel is idiosyncratic, interesting and fun. It has sent me off to read and re-read both Katherine Mansfield and Sarah Laing, different writers from different centuries who still seem to have a lot in common. Sarah Laing’s life … Continue reading

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How to Be an Existentialist — Gary Cox

Some people think being an existentialist means spending your time brooding in cafés. Most people have no idea at all what it means. This book will explain what existentialism is, where it came from, and how to do it. You … Continue reading

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No one belongs here more than you — Miranda July

This is just fantastic. July’s short stories are so imaginative in the way she blends mundane realism with the bizarrely surreal. It feels like a modern, shabby, seedy version of magic realism. Many of the characters are strange, but still … Continue reading

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The Last Day of a Condemned Man — Victor Hugo

Notes purportedly written by a condemned man during the day before his scheduled execution. Hugo wrote this as a protest against the death penalty at a time when the guillotine was in enthusiastic use by the French authorities. It works … Continue reading

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“Let’s be clear… lawsuits destroy. They…

“Let’s be clear… lawsuits destroy. They don’t ‘protect.’ Lawsuits destroy community. They destroy trust.” www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvaldss-love-hate-re…

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How To Resist Distraction: •Control…

How To Resist Distraction:
•Control your context.
•Stay calm.
•Think about your goals.
•Make a deliberate decision. www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/10/how-to-resist-distracti…

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Aucklanders, post your votes today! #fb…

Aucklanders, post your votes today! #fb twitter.com/bnnt/status/783042571727626240/photo/1

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Billy Bird — Emma Neale

This is a wonderful story of a quirky boy and his family as they go through some funny, tragic, interesting times. The premise is that Billy turns into a bird, or believes he does. But there is a lot more … Continue reading

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RT @JennyWi18628806: New Zealand…

RT @JennyWi18628806: New Zealand spending on armed forces keeping people homeless hungry and helpless. twitter.com/JennyWi18628806/status/774838232999616…

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Trump candidacy predicted in 1999 in…

Trump candidacy predicted in 1999 in Doonesbury. via @openculture doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/1999/1… #trump #doonesbury #fb

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