Litcrawl ’18: Kaveh Akbar with Kim Hill

“Why am I talking about myself in the second person?” – Kaveh Akbar

(I think Kim Hill might have interesting linguistic effects on poets – someone should do a study.)

So good.

BWB Winter Series – False Divides: Lana Lopesi in conversation with Emma Ng

I really didn’t feel like I was doing these two amazing women justice. Mangled faces and quotes. You best go buy their very affordable BWB books, False Divides and Old Asian, New Asian¬†from Unity Books.

IGPS: Mike Joy and Nathan Surendran talk Biophysical Economics

Apparently our non-renewal use is like having 147 slaves each. And if you think renewables are going to save us, you need to consider that we currently need the non-renewables to make things that will capture solar and wind energy.

(If the image is too small, try opening it in a new tab. I may have to divide it up.)

The Open Book presents Sir James Wallace Scholarship recipients

On Sunday The Open Book in Ponsonby hosted the Sir James Wallace Scholarship recipients (for most promising manuscript) reading excerpts from their work. And I happened to be there. The event was emceed heroically by Paula Morris (who was recovering from some sort of evil lurg). Featuring: Tom Romeo, Rachel O’Connor, Cybon Ang, Angelique Kasmera, Rosetta Allan, Simon Comber and Josie Shapiro.

It’s such a great book store. Go have a look if you are in the area.

IGPS: Intergenerational Income Persistence


Jan O. Jonsson and Carina Mood presented research about generational income inequality. Despite all income brackets on the whole doing better than their parents, if we have richer parents we are more likely to do better out of our education in terms of income. However, when comparing Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. (Sweden having much lower correlation between parental/child income and the U.S. and U.K. having a bigger gap), it seemed that the bigger gap was not attributable to education, and instead was a direct result of the income itself. Unfortunately this means that we can’t just fix the education system advantage to reduce inequality but well done Sweden on having an education system, according to the figures, that is more likely to increase income mobility.