To the Moon

Rating: 5/5 I’ve been on a bit of a story-rich indie game high recently. Oxenfree, Cibelle and Ladykiller in a Bind to name a few. This is definitely due to their accessibility. The most that these games cost is only around $20, they are available for both Windows and Mac, and can be downloaded from either Steam or itch.io. I feel extremely lucky to be living in a time where games are so accessible to everyone. Playing through these...

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan claimed fame from the world of non-literary oriented folks when Kiera Knightly had sex in a library, a scene that won the novel, and movie, Atonement, a permanent place in the collective memory of popular culture. I confess, I’ve tried to read Atonement several times, and I never got any further than the first chapter. I’m blaming the type font. Nutshell, on the other hand, is new, it’s finished and its type font...

Shin Hanga (新版画)

Early 20th century Japan is a total cultural divergence from a tiny South Island town like ours, but the McDowell gallery has been authentically transformed into a perfect haven for the impressionistic prints of a pre-war age gone by. Shin-hanga (literally meaning “new woodcut prints”) is an art movement gleaned from a pre-war Western demand for romanticised and nostalgic views of the East. The shin-hanga movement flourished...

Ov Pain

I’m not from here. Most of the people from where I’m from migrate north to the oily plains of Melbourne. It’s a rite of passage and sign of artistic commitment, or the need for restaurants open after 10pm, departure lounges teeming with tortured fortune seekers, or the guarantee of living in a more diverse pool of genetic mush. I thought it was a Hobart thing. But no. It’s a South Pacific thing. But the consequences of...