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Ellen Falconer is a freelance journalist based in Auckland.

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The Handmaid's Tale is back

Season two is out, and it's not one to watch for some light relief, writes Ellen Falconer.

Tom Sainsbury and Hamish Russell are Wigging Out at Auckland Fringe Festival

These two men in wigs are *definitely* the foremost experts on female friendship.

Auckland Fringe Festival preview: Social Muscle Club

Work it out.

Auckland Fringe Festival preview: Drowning in Milk

Stories from the other side of the bar.

Four pieces of music history from South Auckland

Time to recognise.

Amped up at Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa

Start a band, take the stage.

We The People: Meet the NZ-born artist who was at the heart of the campaign

There's more to come from Cleo Barnett.

Lorde at Coachella: Three new songs and a whole lotta confidence

She's evolved from pop world outsider to bonafide pop star.

'Be adventurous in your listening' is a message the NZ Music Awards needs to hear

Why are the awards recognising the best local music scared of something a little unexpected?

Refusing award, Aaradhna stays true to 'Brown Girl'

Aaradhna refused an award at New Zealand Music Awards because she felt she’d been “been placed in the category of brown people”.

‘The trick is to learn not to feel guilty about it’

Ashleigh Young on why it’s OK – important even – to spend time away from writing.

When writing consumes your life

Courtney Sina Meredith was told that her second book would be even harder to get out than her first. Here's how she got it done.

Interview: Hera Lindsay Bird

The poet talks love, oversharing, and getting to the bottom of your shit.

‘Sex doesn’t have to mean anything about you unless you want it to’

A new guide to help you get some action.

An oral history of lonelygirl15

How one girl and her webcam became the first YouTube sensation.

Weekly Listening: Nao, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Joey Bada$$ and more

All that's good in music this week, including songs from Nao, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Joey Bada$$ and more.

How to earn more money

(You'll need to be good at everything.)

Poetry from a séance: Gregory Kan on his collection This Paper Boat

A new collection of poetry by Gregory Kan brings together the past and the present.

Q+A: Author Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train

Author Paula Hawkins on the inspiration for her break-out The Girl on the Train.

Our picks for the Auckland Writers Festival

We've gone through the programme with a fine-toothed comb.

Gloria Steinem to appear at Auckland Writers Festival

The full Auckland Writers Festival line-up has been announced.

Q+A: Writer and editor Mallory Ortbeg

The co-founder of The Toast and former Gawker writer on publishing online, her love of The Simpsons and how to respond to criticism.

When God's in the details

Choice and free will, as explained by five different religious leaders.

In her own (three) words

Illustrators Rae Joyce and Indira Neville on publishing the first anthology of female comic artists in NZ and curtailing the 'competent boy comics'.

NZ Festival Guide 2016

Our picks for the NZ Festival.

Digital care: Treating mental health online

In need of a pocket counsellor? Ellen Falconer and Mava Moayyed take a look at the burgeoning industry for mental health apps.

Live review: Jamie xx at St James Theatre

Jamie xx pays tribute to David Bowie at last night's show in Auckland.

Summer music festival guide 2015/16

Don't book a thing until you've read this.

Live review: Tame Impala at Logan Campbell Centre

Tame Impala deliver one of the best shows of the year.

Need a break from your ex? Facebook wants to help

Facebook has recognised that seeing your ex’s name and face everywhere just adds salt to the wound.

10 KiwiSaver myths busted

It's time to bust some common KiwiSaver myths and add more zeroes to our retirement plans.

More than just broad humour

New Zealand comedy has long been dominated by men. Now, a new generation of women are stepping up to the mic.

Live blog: Auckland Writers Festival

Ellen Falconer and Charlotte Graham with updates from the Auckland Writers Festival.

All my life I want money and power

As Mad Men winds up, Ellen Falconer looks for her next dose of great TV women.

Book review: The First Bad Man

Ellen Falconer reviews the debut novel from Miranda July.

Broad City, Taylor Swift and the power of female best friendship

Just in time for Galentines Day, Ellen Falconer reviews two shows celebrating female friendship.

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