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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.
Imperial era’s toxic masculinity in focus
Imperial era’s toxic masculinity in focus
So much has been written about the Jameson Raid as a key moment in South African history, particularly as part of the run-up to the South African...
Spanner in the rubber tree works
Spanner in the rubber tree works
This is a true story. It’s about how Henry Ford, the pioneering industrialist, was defeated in one of his grand schemes — by a caterpillar....
Be yourself, phone Mom  ... and shop
Be yourself, phone Mom ... and shop
Many years ago, I decided to shop more often at Hyde Park Corner. Yes, there were historical associations, because I went to Hyde Park High School...
Complaining is a kind of connectivity
Complaining is a kind of connectivity
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Nine and a half weeks in Vodahell
Nine and a half weeks in Vodahell
THE FIFTH COLUMN
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Everyone having apparently gone Stratcom-befok in the past few weeks, I find myself thinking back to those long-gone days when we toiled at this...
A little more hair on his chest, please
A little more hair on his chest, please
The sex doll, in its historical form, is an awkward blow-up thing barely resembling a human woman (I haven’t seen a male one). Moreover, it’s a...
Be careful what you pray for
Be careful what you pray for
What do a praying mantis and a maniac have in common? Well, both descend from the ancient Greek word mania, which meant the same as it...
Apartheid killings and awkward questions
Apartheid killings and awkward questions
INCORRUPTIBLE: THE STORY OF THE MURDERS OF DULCIE SEPTEMBER, ANTON LUBOWSKI AND CHRIS HANI by Evelyn Groenink (ZAM)
Flights of fancy from the colony
Flights of fancy from the colony
On a recent trip to the mysterious region of Kya Sands, I discovered at Thorold’s an interesting book: Birds of Passage by Madeleine...
Marks of diacritical distinction
Marks of diacritical distinction
I’ve been listening to a lot of modern music recently. This kind of music is sometimes called modern classical, or sometimes classical contemporary, but then movie-music composers (such as Hans Zimmer and John Williams) and even, perhaps inadvertently, Orchestral Manouevres in the...
Dear Cyril, Here are my conditions
Dear Cyril, Here are my conditions
THE FIFTH COLUMN