Bill Pearson has two claims to be so remembered, at least within New Zealand: The Australians were far from docile in their reaction to the proposed anti-communist bill. They is the symbol for authority, protective an unquestioned and only noticed when something goes wrong. The real difficulty, though, is to distinguish between what are permanent or emergent traits in New Zealanders, and what accidental or temporary adaptations, whether these are general, whether they belong to the West Coast where I grew up, whether I am only projecting my own faults. Your News is the place for you to save content to read later from any device.
When I heard that Millar was working on this book I had doubts that one fine novel and one strong essay plus a scattering of other useful non-fictional writing – on Henry Lawson, Frank Sargeson and the literature concerning Maori and the Pacific was sufficient to justify a full-scale biography. It is preceded by a biographical note by Paul Millar, a senior lecturer at Victoria University, who is currently researching and writing a biography of Bill Pearson, assisted by an award from Copyright Licensing Limited. It might be reversed and come to mean power is permission, might is right. Pearson was a conscientious and sensitive individual, and was very concerned about — and involved in — the peace movement of the latter half of the 20th century. The English intellectual for example, thinks with detached disciplined reasoning.
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Intellectually precocious to the point of arrogance while painfully shy and awkward socially. Yet in New Zealand there is a new use coming into habit: Due to Pearson’s closeted homosexuality and his fear of being exposed in the intolerant years before ‘s Homosexual Law Reform Bill, his career as a novelist began and ended with the largely autobiographical Coal Flatwhere he had originally intended the protagonist to be a frefful man persecuted by the local community.
To abstract what might be peculiar to New Zealanders would be to talk sleepwrs a fiction. He is falsely accused of a sexual offence against the boy and goes to gaol.
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Certainly there are elements of that, just as there are aspects of the essay that now seem dated. Millar has written an outstanding and absorbing biography at the heart of which is the best analysis yet written along with Peter Wells’ memoir Long Loop Home of the tragedy – I use the term advisedly – of the homosexual artist in the New Zealand of the last century.
Ray Copeland, then a fellow M. Newer Post Older Post Home. He became a life-long drinker, finding in the easy sociability of the public bar some outlet for his repressed feelings.
When I read it my impression was that I’d been listening to a rotarian, the two of us puffing pipes by a fire, picking our noses, having a man-to-man talk over the whisky fumes. For the last issue of the year Christine organised a page of mutual self-congratulation with cartoons of Baxter, herself and me accompanied by some teasing verse.
Posted by Jason at At the University sleepeds Auckland, where he returned from London to teach in the English Department inPearson got most satisfaction from falling in with the tiny group of Maori students then only 35 out of a student role of over who befriended him and whom he advised and supported financially Pita Sharples being one who benefited most from “Doc’s” patronage.
As Pearson himself wrote sleeprs Coal Flat in an essay in Sport: But since New Zealand is as homogenous in its patterns of conduct as I think any other country, this is less important.
By the time anyone has read this article, he will have objected a dozen times that I am not talking of New Zealanders but of men: Pearson is known primarily for two published works, sleeers first being his essay, Fretful Sleepers: Henry Lawson Among Maoris. This week in streaming: Share on LinkedIn linkedin. Peter Simpson’s review of Paul Millar’s biography: Heinemann Educational Books, Auckland. The other danger is to use a deadly or hostile third person plural as if we were the object of an anthropologist’s research, as D’Arcy Cresswell did.
Sleepdrs is the symbol for authority, protective an unquestioned and only noticed when something goes wrong.
We always were a social laboratory. As Pearson explained it:. Latest News Most Read. The New Zealander delegates authority, then freftul it. That page 2 is true, but I am trying to sketch a character faithful in its emphases. Some English customs and dialects are more foreign to us than Irish or Scots. Share on Twitter twitter.
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The Imperfectionists 13 Apr, 4: But we approach problems by a subtle adjustment of moral and emotional reactions, either puritan or snobbish, either moral favour and moral disapproval, cheer and sneer, clapping and boozing; or humility fretfull superciliousness, crawling and snubbing.
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