“Doesn’t chilling out make you stupid?”
ReadingRoom literary editor Steve Braunias interviews Dr Gwendoline Smith about how terrible it is to think too much.
Everything you want to know about embalming
An intimate extract from New Zealand’s biggest-selling book of non-fiction, The Casketeers, by funeral directors Francis and Kaiora Tipene.
Short Story: Waiting for Rongo, by Vincent O’Sullivan
“The man I had liked became the man I knew I would detest for a long time”: a short story from the new collection by a master of the form, Vincent O’Sullivan.
We cross live to Selwyn
Mary Macpherson looks at the way photographer MItchell Bright has documented the post-earthquake rebuild of Selwyn in Canterbury.