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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.
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
THE FIFTH COLUMN
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
THE FIFTH COLUMN
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...
When the PP hits the crapper
When the PP hits the crapper
Sometimes news filters very slowly up to our northern provinces from the south – well, I suppose it has to cross the Drakensberg. Hence we who...
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
THE FIFTH COLUMN
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™.