Chris Bell at NZBC asks why Charlie Brooker hates Alain de Botton so much, and offers a very plausible explanation. De Botton doesn’t exactly deny it, you’ll notice.
Mary McCallum at O Audacious Book confesses that she needs to read more Emily Dickinson.
Vanda Symon at Overkill praises Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson’s brilliant new crime novel Hunting Blind: “This is a fabulous book, superbly well written.. .” True. And it was a pleasure to edit, too.
Matt Nolan at The Visible Hand in Economics invokes Keynes to defend John Key over the possible raising of GST.
Ally at Today is My Birthday never had this conversation.