Author

 
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.
Full account of Free State skullduggery
Full account of Free State skullduggery
GANGSTER STATE: UNRAVELLING ACE MAGASHULE’S WEB OF CAPTURE by Pieter-Louis Myburgh (Penguin)
Tyresome lower-case tornado
Tyresome lower-case tornado
Tee hee. That’s basically what Tony Yengeni, convicted fraudster and ANC MP, had to say about an image of protesting Alexandra residents...
Botes takes on a giant subject
Botes takes on a giant subject
Conrad Botes’s new show, now on at the Circa gallery in Johannesburg, is dominated by four large works, three of which form something of a...
Picaresque of 70s hippie punk
Picaresque of 70s hippie punk
by Carsten Rasch (MF Books)
History plus myth means dignity
History plus myth means dignity
‘I am a painter,” insists Zakes Mda. Well known for a long list of novels and plays, he says he’s really a painter — and now that he...
Bright lights, dark mutterings
Bright lights, dark mutterings
A week or two ago, paging through the Star, I came across an interesting feature. Amid all the stuff about load-shedding, which we were in...
New look at identity struggles
New look at identity struggles
IDENTITY: CONTEMPORARY IDENTITY POLITICS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION by Francis Fukuyama (Profile Books)
‘Praise the Lord, I’m a real fat cat’
‘Praise the Lord, I’m a real fat cat’
Alph Lukau, the prophet or pastor of Alleluia Ministries International, is in trouble for more than raising a non-dead (it turned out) man from the...
Pope thinks entrapment isn’t kosher
Pope thinks entrapment isn’t kosher
It’s probably the least of his problems right now, but Pope Francis has caused something of a storm by advocating a change to the Lord’s Prayer...
EFF dramatics are Theatre of the Absurd
EFF dramatics are Theatre of the Absurd
The nation is agog at the video of the Economic Freedom Fighters MP Marshall Dlamini slapping a white security guard. EFF communicator-in-chief (to...
Juju and the profits of doom
Juju and the profits of doom
So Julius Malema, “commander-in-chief” of the army of little red trolls known as the Economic Freedom Fighters, says he forgives former...
Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?
Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?
I don’t know whether the TV series Vikings has changed public perception of that warlike, exploratory people — I didn’t watch beyond...