This is the cover of the latest issue of Landfall, the admirable and longest-lived New Zealand literary journal. For Quote Unquote the magazine, we put glamorous writers on the cover – Barbara Else, Chad Taylor, Stephanie Johnson, Marilyn Duckworth, Sheridan Keith, Peter Wells, Fiona Samuel, Bill Manhire, Jenny Bornholdt, Fiona Kidman, Alan Duff and, yes, even Witi Ihimaera. But we never had a cover image quite like this. I had often wondered where we went wrong, and now I know.
But I wonder what Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, would think.