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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.
I want to pay but Jo’burg won’t let me
I want to pay but Jo’burg won’t let me
It seems the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) doesn’t want me to pay my electricity bill. That’s odd, because the city is owed something like...
SA’s dirty, dangerous habit
SA’s dirty, dangerous habit
Remember the Bulelani Ngcuka debacle? That was when, in 2003, accusations that he had been an apartheid spy issued from the Jacob Zuma camp and led...
In God's name you are now an ATM
In God's name you are now an ATM
Funny — in the same week as I got an email purporting to come from Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, offering me millions in prosperity-gospel monies...
Quilled or typed, it’s writ
Quilled or typed, it’s writ
I wonder occasionally why that particularly loathsome locution, to say someone has “penned” a book (only slightly more loathsome than to say...
You’ve got to Love Books
You’ve got to Love Books
When Love Books in Melville threw a party to celebrate its 10th birthday, owner Kate Rogan said in her speech that she’d been rather put out...
Healing from shame is a marathon task
Healing from shame is a marathon task
The subtitle of Costa Carastavrakis’s memoir, I Am Costa: From Meth to Marathons, really only covers half the story. Yes, it’s a...
On politics and divine instruction
On politics and divine instruction
Dr Nina Kyparissi-Apostolica is the honorary ephor at the Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology in Greece. When someone with such a...
#SABC8: The biggest mess ever broadcast
#SABC8: The biggest mess ever broadcast
‘I want to applaud people who recognise this wonderful person called Hlaudi. Because when I came here there was no SABC. People who work here...
Trump pays in messiah money
Trump pays in messiah money
Browsing through the news feed on my phone the other day, the words “Breaking Israel” popped up. Something from BDS or Hamas? No — it was...
Dylan pulls off another put-on
Dylan pulls off another put-on
There has been a certain amount of huffing and puffing about Martin Scorsese’s new work on Bob Dylan, his account of Dylan’s 1975-1976 tour....
‘Berserker’ chess mate quite Uigly
‘Berserker’ chess mate quite Uigly
Here’s a piece of good news: another Lewis chess piece has been found.