Intellectual Grand Slam

John Clarke – the NZ comedian who “rates as a national institution” across the Tasman –  delights critics with his latest book, The Tournament. A blistering satire, The Tournament involves a fictitious tennis contest between the leading lights of the modernist movement – such “cultural titans” as Duchamp, Eliot, Joyce and de Beauvoir. Clarke sees satire as the last bastion of democracy: “The world is full of ideas, full of interesting ways of looking at things. It’s all an antidote to being lied to.”


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You don’t need physics to appreciate Katherine Mansfield

You don’t need physics to appreciate Katherine Mansfield

In an entertainingly self-deprecating essay for Oxford University’s independent student newspaper Cherwell, Ben Jureidini apologies to the ghost of New Zealand short story master Katharine Mansfield for almost submitting a terribly…