Celebrating the world of words WHAT I’M READING
Auckland Writers Festival, Tue 16–Sun 21 May Put your pens to paper and start taking note: the Auckland Writers Festival is just around the bend and the speakers have plenty of stories and #inspirationalquotes to share. The first line-up has been announc
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing. It’s a fascinating ethnography exploring the multifaceted relations involved in the globalised commodity chain of a Japanese delicacy: the matsutake mushroom. I love its emphasis on multispecies collaboration, which Tsing argues is required of humans if we wish to survive capitalist environmental destruction. ———
Next on the reading agenda...
Senses of the Subject by Judith Butler. This collection of essays is a great introduction to Butler’s work; she explores the formation of subjects through a combination of incisive feminist analysis and the works of philosophers such as Hegel, Spinoza and Merleau-ponty. ——— Fave genre... Anything that leaves me feeling refreshed. Recently I read O.K by rapper Kool A.D. It’s a stream-of-consciousness, fictionalised excerpt of his life. Part social commentary, part exploration of his art-making and raising a family. It has 100 short chapters to accompany his 100 track mixtape of the same name. ———
On a first date, I’d chat about...
A book that hooked me on reading, like Island by Aldous Huxley.
Owen Dippie checks out
Famous: An exhibition by Owen Dippie OD Gallery, Sat 25 Mar–sun 16 Apr Painter Owen Dippie’s outdoor artworks are easily recognisable: you’re probably familiar with his huge portrait of a Maoriˉ woman with a moko, titled ‘Hine’, beside State Highway 1 as you drive into the city, or his hands mural on Karangahape Road. This exhibition is his last hurrah before he moves to New York City. 545 Karangahape Rd, central city
UBEREATS is here
Having proved popular in most major cities around the world, UBEREATS has finally made it to Auckland. Initially launching as a central city service, you can now order food from restaurants to your door through the UBEREATS app for a flat delivery fee of $6. With wait times indicated, you can order according to hunger levels, be it a desk lunch from Little Bird Unbakery, a fancy dinner from Mount Eden’s Molten, or a 3pm sugar-fix from dessert bar Miann. Use the code AUCKLAND for free delivery on your first three orders, valid until the end of April.
The Cult Project pop-up
The pop-up dining series gets a semi-permanent home
Following a year of successful midweek dinner pop-ups, former Orphans Kitchen and Matterhorn Wellington chefs William Cook and Carlo Buenaventura have found a semi-permanent home for their innovative, holistic style of cuisine. A full Cult Project à la carte menu is now on offer at Britomart’s Racket Bar every Tuesday–thursday from 4pm. Racket Bar, 6–10 Roukai Lane, Britomart
Back to black
Our friends at Samsung release the Galaxy S7 edge in a new Black Pearl colour
Samsung’s new limited edition Galaxy S7 edge in Black Pearl gives you even more room to work, play and save on-the-go. Equipped with 128GB memory and accompanied by a complimentary 265GB SD card, this statement handset is wrapped in a sleek black finish, adding depth to its glass design. A real head turner, this stylish smartphone is the perfect accompaniment either in the boardroom or the bar. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Black Pearl (RRP $1599), from selected stockists.visit samsung.com/nz