Books

To hate gays is to hate God
To hate gays is to hate God
I found my Christianity in high school. At the peak of my faith, I attended youth groups every Friday, embarked on an annual church camp to Port...
Rappetti reveals her many selves
Rappetti reveals her many selves
The opening scene of my favourite musical, Rent, begins with Seasons of Love and a familiar piano riff. Characters gather at the...
Forging self-love from trauma
Forging self-love from trauma
Reading this body of poetry has left me with a vulnerability emanating from traumas I have not wanted to confront. For the first time, I’m afraid...
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...
Books that heal and save lives
Books that heal and save lives
Impepho Press is a pan-Africanist, intersectional, feminist publishing house, committed to dispensing literary medicine in the form of stories from...
Essays open a window on the mind’s mysteries
Essays open a window on the mind’s mysteries
In a touching tribute filmed in honour of neurologist Oliver Sacks not long after his death, someone refers to him as having had a “talent for...
Muzi finds his way home
Muzi finds his way home
Muzi Mazibuko (27) reclines in his chair and furrows his brow. “That’s not entirely true,” says the Johannesburg-based electronic music...
Heartbreak in Huhudi
Heartbreak in Huhudi
In our last full week as Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study fellows, Niq Mhlongo and I decided to do something I have long advocated for:...
There’s life in ‘Killing Karoline’
There’s life in ‘Killing Karoline’
KILLING KAROLINE: A MEMOIR by Sara-Jayne King (Jacana Media)
Why is male rage sacrosanct?
Why is male rage sacrosanct?
I have watched with interest how the trauma of men is treated, especially men who go on to traumatise others. Frankly I am disappointed, and...
Prolific American author Philip Roth dies at 85
Prolific American author Philip Roth dies at 85
Philip Roth, a prominent and prolific American author, passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday night from congestive heart failure.
SA’s self-publishing rock stars
SA’s self-publishing rock stars
‘It’s a story about friendship, hair, self-esteem and affirmation,” says Lebohang Masango, author of Mpumi’s Magic Beads, her...
Double consciousness
Double consciousness
British writer Nikesh Shukla’s second novel, Meatspace, opens with an arresting line. “The first and last thing I do every day is see...

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