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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.
Have an instance on the fence of harmony
Have an instance on the fence of harmony
A company called LUX* recently sent me the most charming email. I don’t know if LUX* is an acronym for anything, and I couldn’t see a footnote...
Pass the gin, I'm sinking in acronym soup
Pass the gin, I'm sinking in acronym soup
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CEO sleepout just a cottage industry
CEO sleepout just a cottage industry
‘Good evening, Mrs Tshabalala! How lovely to see you. I’m Mr Hotshot CEO™ and, as you know, I’m here for the CEO SleepOut™.
Winning is just so much fun
Winning is just so much fun
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The Gobble Rapture is imminent
The Gobble Rapture is imminent
“Damn him to the hottest fires of hell!” cries high priest Myxomatosis ecstatically, before crashing drunkenly off the platform provided.
Morph your cucumber and win some gin
Morph your cucumber and win some gin
THE FIFTH COLUMNI got an email from Ster-Kinekor recently that made me feel a little unclean. I think it was meant to make me feel bigger,...
Fudge the future and feel better
Fudge the future and feel better
THE FIFTH COLUMNWe at the ministry of silly hats face the hardest task of the year: attending the annual corporate strategic futurological...
So what is the point, Don and JZ?
So what is the point, Don and JZ?
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Sozzled at the Saxonwold Shebeen
Sozzled at the Saxonwold Shebeen
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Same-sex bears give head, Dag
Same-sex bears give head, Dag
I have two words for the Grace Bible Church’s guest homophobe, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills: dolphin porn.
​Abracadabra – it’s all hocus-pocus
​Abracadabra – it’s all hocus-pocus
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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...