Alie Benge

Alie Benge is a Wellington-based nonfiction writer. Her essays have been published in Takahē, Turbine | Kapohau, Mimicry, and others. She was joint winner of the 2017 Landfall Essay Competition.

Society
Oct 17, 2020

The more loving one

In the final instalment of her column about her adventures in online dating, Alie Benge ponders a world that isn't afraid of love.

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Society
Oct 10, 2020

I quit online dating to sit with my loneliness. And then I met someone great

In the latest instalment of her column about her adventures in online dating, Alie Benge makes a real connection – and wonders why she can't shake the need for romantic love.

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Society
Sep 26, 2020

And Jesus makes three

In the latest instalment of her series chronicling the ins and outs of dating in 2020, Alie Benge details the unique challenges of dating while Christian.

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Society
Sep 19, 2020

The dating committee will see you now

As a wise philosopher once said, 'If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends'.

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Television
Sep 16, 2020

Review: Horndog is Rose Matafeo’s hilarious call to obsessive love

Rose Matafeo's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show is not just a silly show about love, it's about obsessive devotion.

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Television
Sep 8, 2020

A touch of class: The problem with Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer imagines a world where the class system follows us to the grave, but in doing so, does it fail at its own goals?

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Society
Sep 5, 2020

Come on baby, light my fire

You can be attracted to someone on an app, but you don’t know if there’s anything between you until you interact in real life – the air either crackles around you or it doesn’t.

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Society
Aug 29, 2020

Easy to love: Adventures in online dating

Alie Benge signed up to a dating app with a sense of dread. What she found restored her faith in people – and in love itself.

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Television
Jul 11, 2020

Are you lost, baby girl? Fear and fantasy in Netflix’s 365 Days

People have called it for it be pulled from the service, but the escapist fantasy of 365 Days is nothing new, writes Alie Benge.

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Books
Feb 18, 2020

Review: 2000ft Above Worry Level, a sublime novel about humdrum things

Eamonn Marra's debut novel makes a study of the mundane: sanding a fence, heating baked beans, three pizzas for $29.99 delivered. Alie Benge reckons it belongs somewhere between Sally Rooney and Elena Ferrante.

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Books
Jan 6, 2020

Little Women was more than a story. It was the house I grew up in

Never mind the film: Alie Benge, aka Jo/Meg, on the book that meant the world to her.

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Books
Dec 5, 2019

Shush: Libraries are saving New Zealand book culture, not dismantling it

Yesterday, we published an essay by novelist Lloyd Jones lamenting the change in New Zealand's book culture. Today, Alie Benge responds with a passionate defence of the modern NZ library.

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