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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.
Dear Cyril, Here are my conditions
Dear Cyril, Here are my conditions
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When the ladybot says ‘hold on’ …
When the ladybot says ‘hold on’ …
We are currently experiencing high call volumes. Please continue holding. Please wait for the next available agent. Actually, all the available...
Exclusive: Baleka's new poem
Exclusive: Baleka's new poem
It is often forgotten that, in her youth, Baleka Mbete was a struggle poet. Today, the Fifth Column, in conjunction with our partners in free-floating surveillance and hacking, is able to reveal a new poem composed just the other day by the speaker in the National Assembly, one of the...
Forged in the fires of history
Forged in the fires of history
A week ago, the new Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC, just round the corner from the Smithsonian Institution. It was set up by...
Old pirates and new gangsters
Old pirates and new gangsters
Charles van Onselen’s latest fascinating historical detective work is called, to give it its full title, The Cowboy Capitalist: John Hays...
Deep inside the race to be prez
Deep inside the race to be prez
Report of the Mdluli Detachment to His Excellent Highness Number One: State of Various Contenders for ANC Presidency in Run-up to December Elective...
Ghosts of the night watch
Ghosts of the night watch
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The red-letter month that kind of wasn’t
The red-letter month that kind of wasn’t
After my recent calendrical lucubrations on the French revolutionary adjustments to the measurement of time, and on the eve of the centenary of the...
I feel so germinal this month
I feel so germinal this month
I don’t suppose Karl Marx imagined the problems he was causing when he titled an essay of his The 18th Brumaire of Louis-Napoleon. Oh,...
Coccyxes at the bottom of the bottle
Coccyxes at the bottom of the bottle
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Juju Mao and an attack of acid reflux
Juju Mao and an attack of acid reflux
Shelley Garland was having lunch with … well, no, let’s not mention any names. Let’s not, in fact, have any names — except perhaps...
Listen to the echoing pings of dark matter
Listen to the echoing pings of dark matter
As the ministry of silly hats disintegrates gently, scattering a fine dust of ash as it goes, a few of us remain to man (sorry, person) the...