Interviews | chrisbell.co.nz - wordsSHIFTminds

By: Chris Bell  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Writer

Dave Pell, the founder of – curated content delivered to your Kindle – is an internet early adopter who’s stuck with it, in spite (or perhaps because) of having blown cash and time on more than 50 startups, including: , , , , , , and . He also and blogs on . His posts are syndicated on NPR, Gizmodo, Forbes and Huffington Post. delivereads sends articles from the likes of GQ, Esquire, the New Yorker and the Boston Globe direct to your Kindle – the most satisfying place to read an article apart from on paper.

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Lisa Dierbeck is the author of two novels, The Autobiography of Jenny X and One Pill Makes You Smaller, a New York Times Notable Book. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Dierbeck has contributed to the Boston Globe, Glamour, New York Observer, New York Times Book Review, People and O, The Oprah Magazine. The Washington Post Book World has described her as “An undeniably talented writer”, and the Los Angeles Times as “passionate, observant, and funny.”

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New Zealand writer Chad Taylor (this photograph by John Hagen) has been described as “the Nick Cave of New Zealand literature”. ‘Departure Lounge’ has been called his best book to date. His previous novels are ‘Pack of Lies’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Shirker’ and ‘Electric’.

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“Over the years, publishers have become increasingly slow to react and less likely to accept unsolicited work. Where once I was able to sell a story to multiple small press markets simultaneously, these days publishers increasingly demand exclusivity in return for not very much.” Tim Jones’s interview with Chris Bell, from the Books in the Trees blog, 15 July 2010.



“We usually believe gossip about ourselves to have been inspired by a level of malice far greater [or more critical] than the malice we ourselves feel in relation to the last person we gossiped about, a person whose habits we could mock without this in any way altering our affection for them.” So wrote Alain de Botton in How Proust Can Change Your Life.

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Liz Calder’s reputation as a publisher is without equal. Not only did she launch the Harry Potter series in 1997 (after becoming co-founder of Bloomsbury in 1986), she also launched the careers of Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, Julian Barnes and Anita Brookner.

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If you’re not familiar with the Strawbs and their music, you’ll be surprised to learn that not only have you missed the 30th anniversary of the band, they’ve released at least 31 albums and are still playing live and releasing albums today. Formed in 1963, as the Strawberry Hill Boys, at that time they were a folk and bluegrass band. What is considered to be the band’s first album was released in 1968. Dave Cousins spares more than five minutes of his time to talk about his music then and now.

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Kevin Ireland (pictured: ‘Self-portrait in a straw hat’) is a poet, short story writer, novelist, librettist and painter. He was born Kevin Jowsey in Auckland’s Mount Albert in 1933. When he was 24 he changed his surname to the name of the street he happened to be walking along at the time.

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He’s been described as having “irrepressible humour, a stand-back imagination, a wondrous facility and control of the English language”. Paul Di Filippo is the author of hundreds of short stories — some of which have been anthologised in ‘The Steampunk Trilogy’, ‘Ribofunk’, ‘Fractal Paisleys’, ‘Lost Pages’, ‘Little Doors’, ‘Strange Trades’, ‘Babylon Sisters’ — and his novella, ‘A Year in the Linear City’.

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The bullet point party’s electro-shock therapy hadn’t cured my ‘internet addiction’, which is what it claimed countless citizens were suffering from when its propaganda also said the net was killing print, the banks and big business, presaging bailouts and the more drastic measures we came to call the Almighty Crunch.


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Excerpts | chrisbell.co.nz - wordsSHIFTminds

The square of carpet and the singing bowl man’s stand are there, along with his arrangement of bowls, his incense burner, his CDs, but not the man. The resonance of Himalayan singing bowls sustains in your head all week, so the following weekend you return to the farmers’ market.


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Poems | chrisbell.co.nz - wordsSHIFTminds

George Mackay Brown’s poem ‘Potter and Jar’, originally published in ‘Winterfold’, reproduced here from ‘The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown’ by kind permission of the publisher, John Murray. While you need an imagination to write fiction, in my experience at least, real life makes for better poetry. I’ve always wanted to write about the topography of dreams but never quite knew how to describe it.


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Reviews | chrisbell.co.nz - wordsSHIFTminds

Salter’s abstract design prevailed over the author’s own wish to present images of amputee soldiers against a background of mutilation … Salter instead chose a symbolic approach showing battered Venetian blinds to symbolize a state of despair about cultural dissolution in postwar Germany..