“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland)

Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin




04 December 2012


Ironstone from the Ironheart Shiraz vineyards at Yangarra Estate photo Philip White

The brilliant and pointy Zoe Laughlin's been investigating people's preferences in the wide flavour range of metals ... her well-ground, finely-honed curiosity drives straight  through the doors into the DRINKSTER  Heretics' Hall Aflame!  We got a new one on the team!  To hear Zoe's recent Radio New Zealand discussion of this disarming work and her discoveries about the importance of the flavours of cutlery, CLICK HERE.  Forget the starched chefwits and all that shiny gastroporn.  This is the next frontier: way down under the ground. And just so youse all know, the correct pronunciation is cuttle-ree.  Cutler-ee is affectation.

Artist and maker Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project at University College in London. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television.  www.twitter.com/zoelaughlin 

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