Book of the Week: Was 1971 the greatest year in the history of New Zealand music?

Steve Braunias leads a special Spinoff investigation into fresh claims that 1971 was the greatest year in music ever.

The Monday Excerpt: ‘Dad told me once he thought the RSA were a bunch of fools who just liked to drink and brag’

An excerpt taken from the introduction to Dad Goes to the Movies (1941), a World War II diary edited and published by Auckland writer Jaq Tweedie, the daughter of serviceman Les Tweedie.

Rhymes with sausage: A tribute to Peter Gossage, by Paula Morris

A tribute to the great illustrator Peter Gossage by whanau member and author Paula Morris.

Harry Potter and the cursed script: An expert assesses the new adventure

Harry Potter fan Charlotte Graham reviews Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Appreciation Archive

DeLillo Week: A message from the Office of the President (of the Don DeLillo Society, in St Louis, Missouri)

We conclude our special week-long look at the work of fiction master Don DeLillo with a piece written exclusively for the Spinoff by Jesse Kavadlo, Professor of English and Humanities at the Maryville University of St Louis in Missouri, and president of the Don DeLillo Society.

DeLillo Week: The world we may soon wake up to, as warned in Don DeLillo’s latest novel

Every day this week we look at the work of maybe the world's greatest living writer - Don DeLillo. Today: Thom Shackleford appraises the master's latest novel, Zero K.

DeLillo Week: Probably the most brilliant literary conversation ever recorded in New Zealand, as two men of letters discuss Don DeLillo

Every day this week we look at the work of maybe the world's greatest living writer - Don DeLillo. Today: a long, brilliant conversation about the master, between Tom Moody, the head of the US fiction bureau at the Spinoff, and Thom Shackleford, who has great hair.

DeLillo Week: A bluffer’s guide to the masterpieces of maybe the world’s greatest living writer

Every day this week we look at the work of maybe the world's greatest living writer - Don DeLillo. Today: Thom Shackleford walks through five of the best of the master's novels.

DeLillo Week: A week-long series on maybe the world’s greatest living writer

Every day this week we look at the work of maybe the world's greatest living novelist - Don DeLillo. Tom Moody begins the series with an introduction and overview of the master.

The revolutionary Spinoff live email interview: book trade legend Paul Greenberg

Steve Braunias talks with the greatest salesman in the history of New Zealand publishing - Paul Greenberg, a small, unassuming gentleman who lives in Palmerston North, and was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in the weekend.

How to spend $1000 at Unity Books: the final episode

Steve Braunias won a prize: $1000 worth of books at Unity. This is what he got and loved, and what he wasted his money on.

Mr Knausgaard, I presume

Karl Ove Knausgaard! He's confessed all in his fiction; what's he actually like, in person? Dan Kelly goes to see him speak at a bar in Soho.

The weekly Unity Books best-seller list – June 3

A weekly feature at the Spinoff Review of Books: the best-selling books at the Auckland and Wellington stores of Unity Books.

Imps and anus-eyeballs – an ode to Doom

Back in the days before 30gb download files and region-locked downloadable content, video games were delivered on floppy disk with a physical tome of instructions. Liam Maguren explains why Doom had the best of them all.

Book of the Week: Charlotte Grimshaw on volume five of the epic self-portrait by Norwegian genius Karl Ove Knausgaard

The two biggest literary sensations of the past few years have been writers from Europe - Italy's Elena Ferrnate, and the remarkable Norwegian solipsist, Karl Ove Knausgaard. Charlotte Grimshaw admires his latest novel as "his most intense outing yet".

The Shopping Network – because you definitely need a Magic Wrench

Wrenches, old iPhones, and Kunzites. Ruth Spencer goes on a journey through the good and the great of television shopping.