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​Teju Cole essays a bid to break free of genre
​Teju Cole essays a bid to break free of genre
I recently listened to a video in which American singer-songwriter Richie Havens recalls the aftermath of the inauguration of Barack Obama as...
​They say if you really love something, let it go
​They say if you really love something, let it go
When I stop eating meat seven weeks ago, it is not because of grand ideological reasoning. No weight-related motivation. No pressure from vegans or...
#CulturePop: Year of fees and woe but also bling and memes
#CulturePop: Year of fees and woe but also bling and memes
The education sector has had a tricky year, be it the #FeesMustFall movement or the wider project of decolonising the education system and its...
On our Lists: Gary Clark Jr, Brent Staples and Making South Africa Great Again
On our Lists: Gary Clark Jr, Brent Staples and Making South Africa Great Again
Brent Staples — Parallel Time: Staples, a veteran New York Times’ editorial writer, published this...
Redefining literature
Redefining literature
Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to the members of the Swedish Academy and to all the other distinguished guests in attendance...
The cloying discomfort of the middle
The cloying discomfort of the middle
To what end is everything that constitutes the ways in which we spend our time? If 85% of my time is taken up with churning stories into the...
On our Lists this week: Saint John Coltrane, Gary Zukav and being 'Black and British'
On our Lists this week: Saint John Coltrane, Gary Zukav and being 'Black and British'
John Coltrane — Expression: Just this week I had that feeling described by Gil Scott-Heron in Lady Day and John...
Locked-room Roman mystery
Locked-room Roman mystery
Seventeen new cardinals were inducted into the College of Cardinals a few weeks ago, on November 19. They had been named some six weeks earlier by...
Curling lips, speaking tongues — Thandiswa Mazwai in tune at 40
Curling lips, speaking tongues — Thandiswa Mazwai in tune at 40
The rest is always and everywhere is silence
Zim artists see with spiritual eyes
Zim artists see with spiritual eyes
Zimbabwean painter Portia Zvavahera’s work consists of grand, layered paintings of dreamlike, expressionistic images, taking as much from religion...
Pride people, 'wake the fuck up'
Pride people, 'wake the fuck up'
Fifteen years after the release of Simon and I, filmmaker and activist Bev Ditsie’s intimate portrayal of her friendship with fellow...
Spoonfuls of raw meat and ‘stubborn gladness’
Spoonfuls of raw meat and ‘stubborn gladness’
On the day Donald Trump was announced as the president elect of the United States, my response was to imagine the last time I felt truly carefree....
On our Lists this week: King Tha still reigns and Dave Chappelle's SNL take on Trump
On our Lists this week: King Tha still reigns and Dave Chappelle's SNL take on Trump
Jikijela: Thandiswa Mazwai’s newly released remake of Letta Mbulu’s song of the same title. She was wise to sip from...
​Authors are (not) selling themselves
​Authors are (not) selling themselves
In South Africa, the Fallist-inspired approach of “decolonising everything” has to some extent polarised literature circles. Older writers,...
​Starved of a soft place to land
​Starved of a soft place to land
I have fasted in my life — once for a period of two months. Eating at dawn and sunset each day but going without during the day. In times of...

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