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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.
Dark forces threaten Member
Dark forces threaten Member
Malusi Gigaba is an Honourable Member, as they say in Parliament. He is, shall we say, a member in good standing.
Floyd, Iqbal and Mrs Doubtfire
Floyd, Iqbal and Mrs Doubtfire
Late last week, doubtless smarting from accusations that he took monies funnelled from the collapsed VBS bank, Floyd Shivambu launched a stinging...
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
Mummy’s hung in for a long time
I must have wondered a few times why the word for an embalmed body, “mummy”, is the same as a term of maternal address but I haven’t ever...
Weed war needs a little indica
Weed war needs a little indica
Let us honour South Africa’s decriminalisation of the personal use of cannabis, even if there is a lack of clarity about the amount that would be...
Of ciphers and little favours
Of ciphers and little favours
It’s often forgotten that apartheid and the Afrikaner nationalism that underpinned it weren’t quite as monolithic as they would appear when...
Dot by dot, state capture emerges
Dot by dot, state capture emerges
SHADOW STATE: THE POLITICS OF STATE CAPTURE by Ivor Chipkin, Mark Swilling, Haroon Bhorat, Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Sikhulekile Duma, Nicky Prins,...
Flummoxed by all the fakery
Flummoxed by all the fakery
News story of the week (I do hope it’s not fake news) is that a bunch of scammers pretending to be Hawks cops tried to shake down a few of the...
Minnie’s death raises questions
Minnie’s death raises questions
In an extraordinary echo of events described in the just-released book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, co-author Mark Minnie was found dead...
Men, go Deep to be Actively Clean
Men, go Deep to be Actively Clean
In the old days (up to five years ago, that is), the Mail & Guardian used to get a fair amount of freebies — gifts, corporate promo...
‘Lost Boys’ author found dead. What happens now?
‘Lost Boys’ author found dead. What happens now?
In an extraordinary echo of events described in the just-released book The Lost Boys of Bird Island, co-author Mark Minnie was reportedly found...
Penning a route for lost Odysseus
Penning a route for lost Odysseus
Luxury pen-making company Montblanc keeps sending me press releases, though not yet any pens. Its latest release celebrates those ancient foundations of Western literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and thus writing, and hence, presumably, very expensive pens, by means...
Abba’s back and we Cher can’t wait (!)
Abba’s back and we Cher can’t wait (!)
Gosh, has it been 10 years since the release of the movie Mamma Mia!?