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Shaun de Waal

Shaun de Waal

Shaun de Waal has worked at the Mail & Guardian since 1989. He was literary editor from 1991 to 2006 and chief film critic for 15 years. He is now editor-at-large. Recent publications include Exposure: Queer Fiction, 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian and Not the Movie of the Week.
​Abracadabra – it’s all hocus-pocus
​Abracadabra – it’s all hocus-pocus
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
Alexa Mdluli, the bot in the Conspiracy Dot
THE FIFTH COLUMNPink News reports a snafu with Amazon’s “virtual assistant” (that’s “bot” to you), Alexa, over the holiday...
2016 in literature: Politics and life dominate SA's book scene
2016 in literature: Politics and life dominate SA's book scene
Life writing — biography, autobiography, memoir and testimony — has long been a rich genre for South African writers. This past year...
Where street names are double Dutch
Where street names are double Dutch
THE FIFTH COLUMN
High time to 'zwijg' in Amsterdam
High time to 'zwijg' in Amsterdam
THE FIFTH COLUMN
The famous will lead us out of crisis
The famous will lead us out of crisis
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Put some lipstick on your nasturtium
Put some lipstick on your nasturtium
I recently received a press release from Lapa Uitgewers, announcing the appearance of Ek! Ek! Ek! Herken en Hanteer Narsiste. I was...
Why Helen Zille's Not Without A Fight memoir is a rarity in its sincerity
Why Helen Zille's Not Without A Fight memoir is a rarity in its sincerity
Not having previously engaged in detail with either Helen Zille’s personality or the inner conflicts of her party, the Democratic Alliance (DA),...
There's a premium on my humors
There's a premium on my humors
THE FIFTH COLUMN
New documentary out on iconic Springs band The Radio Rats
New documentary out on iconic Springs band The Radio Rats
They came from the Far East … the Far East Rand, that is. Somewhere out beyond the pale of Johannesburg proper, Springs to be precise, a new...
The other side of cliched and repetitive headlines
The other side of cliched and repetitive headlines
THE FIFTH COLUMNAustralian novelist Pauline Schokman’s novel about a “tumultuous week” in the life of a Melbourne doctor was published...