David Larsen

Against all advice, David Larsen continues to practice arts journalism. One day he hopes to get to Carnegie Hall.

Books
Jan 20, 2020

The National Library cull of 600,000 books could be a disaster for researchers

The National Library says it is 'making room for more New Zealand and Pacific stories' and hopes the books it's purging might 'spark joy' for other people. David Larsen considers it a whacking great clear-cutting.

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Society
Jul 18, 2018

How I learned that likening a film to being hit by a hammer isn't a great sell

Film critic David Larsen pleads you to see another movie called Hunger, without recourse to hammer analogies.

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Media
Jun 28, 2018

How to read the film festival programme (plus five picks to top your list)

Soon David Larsen and his team will be bathing in festival cinema. But first, his seasoned tips on navigating the guide.

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Books
Nov 30, 2015

Books: The Best Books of 2015 According to a Panel of 10 Experts. Our Second Expert – David Larsen

All week this week we feature 10 readers who choose their favourite books of this year. Come in, number two: David Larsen.

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Books
Nov 10, 2015

Books: The World’s Biggest Advance For a Debut Novel Goes to the Author of a Big Fat Turkey

A publisher paid an unknown author, middle name Risk, a $2USm advance for his first novel. How come it's complete fucking junk?

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Television
Nov 26, 2014

Sci Fi Week: Orphan Black and Learning to Live With The Irresolvable Puzzle

One of the most important TV shows right now - Orphan Black - might turn out to be a hollow disappointment, but it still makes for essential viewing. David Larsen …

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