An Affair Of The Heart by Frank Sargeson

“An Affair Of The Heart” is one of New Zealand author Frank Sargeson’s best-known short stories. Was Sargeson essentially misogynist? Frankly, I think not as there are positive women characters in some of his stories – including the wrenchingly sad one in An Affair of the Heart. But women-as-controlling-bitches is one recurrent motif. — Review …

Rare Interview With Author Janet Frame

This is a radio interview, transcribed and published in Landfall 178 (Volume forty-five, June 1991) between Janet Frame and Elizabeth Alley. Elizabeth Alley: In the autobiography you seem more willing than in the fiction to open some of the doors about yourself and your life – to correct some of the myths that surround you. …

Clancy in the Tower of Babel by John Cheever

In “Clancy in the Tower of Babel” (1953), Cheever dealt with homosexuality overtly for the first time. But his treatment is stereotypical; he portrays his homosexual characters as effeminate, hysterical, and tortured. – glbtq It’s difficult to read the stories of John Cheever without taking what you know of the author’s life as a palimpsest …

3 Recent YA Novels With Mythology At Their Heart

Kate De Goldi discusses children’s literature with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield Vikki Wakefield is an Australian YA author. Kate De Goldi is not a fan of melodramatic, amped-up lines, and so began the first few pages of this book overcoming that: A one sentence line which …