Books

​The night McBride and friends blew up Magoo’s Bar
​The night McBride and friends blew up Magoo’s Bar
Robert McBride: The Struggle Continues (Tafelberg)
Parsing Kabila through rumba
Parsing Kabila through rumba
‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”
Pikoli’s Fish out of water
Pikoli’s Fish out of water
We’re at Bread and Roses in Melville. When I arrive, Phumlani Pikoli has already ordered a drink. “What are you having?” I ask and I laugh...
It’s time to talk about black tax
It’s time to talk about black tax
The countdown to December has begun. In six weeks a large chunk of South Africa’s black working and middle class will be putting in their leave...
‘Skin Deep’ peels race science
‘Skin Deep’ peels race science
Gavin Evans used to work at this publication, three decades ago when it was The Weekly Mail. He is now a lecturer at Birkbeck College,...
Until queer means being free
Until queer means being free
Queer African identities do not belong in sidelined, airtight containers with clinical, unyielding labels. They are diverse, fluid, and do not...
Creating poetry out of violence
Creating poetry out of violence
A smiling Maneo Mohale, wearing a flowing black dress and oversized bomber jacket, is the epitome of cool as they crosses the street towards the...
Sarah Ladipo Manyika: Storytelling is in her blood
Sarah Ladipo Manyika: Storytelling is in her blood
Sarah Ladipo Manyika is in Johannesburg for the South African Book Fair. She’s just flown in from Cape Town, where she was at Open Book, and we...
Stories can bridge divisions
Stories can bridge divisions
A drafty 1970s town hall in the Boland would not be where one would expect an electrifying evening of interracial discussion on a cold winter’s...
SA’s dirty, dangerous habit
SA’s dirty, dangerous habit
Remember the Bulelani Ngcuka debacle? That was when, in 2003, accusations that he had been an apartheid spy issued from the Jacob Zuma camp and led...
Calling young writers
Calling young writers
The theme for this year’s International Youth Day, which was celebrated on August 12, is Transforming Education. It serves to highlight efforts...

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