Features Archive

‘My mom is my muse’: An interview with the guy who plays the mum on Bob’s Burgers

Madeleine Chapman speaks to John Roberts about impersonating his mum and how that became a full-time gig as Linda Belcher on Bob's Burgers.

‘I really admire that you have been open about mental health as a candidate’: Chlöe Swarbrick in conversation with Holly Walker

All this week the Spinoff Review of Books is covering the new, very candid memoir by former Green MP Holly Walker, and the mental health issues she experienced in parliament. Today: an interview conducted by Green candidate Chlöe Swarbrick.

Hey critics – don’t even bother. James Blunt doesn’t care what you think

James Blunt talks to Madeleine Chapman about dealing with fame, critics, and change in his musical style.

Comedy Festival reviews: Louise Beuvink and Joel Creasey impress, while two Billy T nominees fall short.

Sam Brooks roars into the third week with two of this year's Billy T nominees, an impressive hour from local comedian Louise Beuvink, and a great one from Australian Joel Creasy.

Comedy Festival: Alice Snedden comes out swinging, Paul Williams makes a mark, and Eli Matthewson gets deeper and darker

Comedy co-editor Sam Brooks starts week three of the festival with a three-show ripper. Alice Snedden kills her first hour, Paul Williams makes a name for himself, and Eli Matthewson only gets better.

And the winner is a genius: Steve Braunias interviews Ashleigh Young

Steve Braunias interviews literary sensation Ashleigh Young, who won the award for best book of non-fiction at last night's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: Revolutionary live email interview with Fergus Barrowman

VUP publisher Fergus Barrowman steps up for the revolutionary live email interview.

English, Joyce, Eminem, dildos et al on John Oliver: the Complete NZ Works (So Far)

The video highlights of New Zealand’s proud appearances on Last Week Tonight - now including Eminem vs the National Party, revisited and Oliver launching a broadside at Bill English.

Auckland Writers Festival: Rachael King interviews Ivan Coyote

We conclude our week-long series of encounters with guests due to appear at the Auckland Writers Festival as Rachael King interviews the fairly fucken fantastic Ivan Coyote.

Auckland Writers Festival: Charlotte Graham interviews feminist author Susan Faludi

The best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival continues right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to long, intelligent encounters with guest writers. Today: Charlotte Graham talks with Susan Faludi, author of the classic 1991 book Backlash.

Auckland Writers Festival: Holly Walker interviews I Love Dick author Chris Kraus

The best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival continues right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to long, intelligent encounters with guest writers. Today: Holly Walker talks with Chris Kraus, an American writer who worked for newspapers in Wellington before creating the belated smash-hit feminist novel, I Love Dick.

Auckland Writers Festival: Hera Lindsay Bird interviews George Saunders

The very best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival - the most expansive, the most intelligent - is right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to encounters with guest writers. Today: Hera Lindsay Bird talks with George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, the stand-out novel of 2017.

Comedy Festival reviews: Rose Matafeo, Daniel Sloss and more

Sam Brooks kicks off the Comedy Festival with reviews of four shows: NZ favourite Rose Matafeo, international Daniel Sloss, rapping grandpa John Carr and Wellington circus trio Laser Kiwi. Plus - our first Spinoff Comedy Badge of Honour is awarded.

Is working at Jono and Ben just like 30 Rock? Head writer Alice Snedden explains

Sam Brooks chats to Jono and Ben head writer Alice Snedden about swapping law for comedy and controversial pop-star Katy Perry.

‘We’re all craftsmen. Performers are athletes.’ James Nokise on creating comedy out of sport

James Nokise is known for his political comedy and theatre, but his show this year pivots to focus on a subject largely untouched by New Zealand stand-up comedy: sports. Sam Brooks talks to Nokise about the reasons for the change, and what's so funny about sport.

‘It’s the opposite of a cynical show’: Josie Long on bringing science/comedy event Cosmic Shambles to NZ

Is Cosmic Shambles a 'mind-blowing night of laughter, discoveries, mystery guests, and live tunes', as the publicity has it – or something even weirder? British comedy star Josie Long tells Sam Brooks what New Zealand audiences should expect.

Book of the week: the Spinoff live email interview with Adam Dudding

Adam Dudding! Everyone's buying his book, and basically his family memoir has become the smash-hit New Zealand book this Christmas. He talks to Steve Braunias in the Spinoff live email interview.

Suddenly the night has grown colder

So Leonard Cohen has died. It is, says Simon Wilson, the end of the Bacchanal.

Nicky Hager: “‘If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to fear’ is like a slogan from a police state”

Is there any such thing as privacy in the age of social media and smart phones? Exciting new YA thriller novelist LJ Ritchie talks to author Nicky Hager about the realities - and unjustified fears - of state surveillance.

‘The guy was all over the road like a spilt pizza’: Linda Herrick interviews Tim Winton

'Strewth!', Australian writer Tim Winton genuinely, actually, really says, out loud, without irony or anything, in an interview with Linda Herrick.

‘Science should empower us as parents’: Introducing Spinoff Parents contributor Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw

This weekend we're launching The Spinoff Parents, our new parenting blog edited by the brilliant Emily Writes and made possible by Flick Electric Co. All this week we'll be introducing you to some Spinoff Parents contributors – like writer, scientist and mother of two, Dr Jessica Berentson-Shaw.

Book of the Week: Two art critics talk a) candidly and openly about modern art practice, b) complete bollocks

Christchurch art writer Andrew Paul Wood and Auckland art writer Anthony Byrt shoot the shit about Byrt's brilliant new book on contemporary art, This Model World. Who makes good art in New Zealand? Who doesn't? Where do they stand on the wretched Billy Apple, who once nearly killed Duncan Greive's dog? And much, much more.

‘Women shouldn’t fuck but should still be fuckable’ – Silo’s Sophie Roberts on the women of Wall St

Alex Casey talks to Sophie Roberts, artistic director of Auckland's Silo Theatre, about putting on their new show Boys Will be Boys and being a tough bitch.

The Friday correspondence with one of the world’s most beloved poets

To mark National Poetry Day, Steve Braunias reveals his correspondence with one of the world's most celebrated poets.