MAIL & GUARDIAN: Friday

Last of the first people

The Bushmen of Southern Africa</i> by Sandy Gall (Chatto & Windus) and The Healing Land by Rupert Isaacson (Jonathan Ball).

Kingsolver is the best of the Boeke

The shortlist for this year's "Boeke" Prize — an Exclusive Books promotion — offers six very different novels, writes Shirley Kossick .

No stopping Nelly

Outrageously talented pop prodigy Nelly Furtado answers the big questions, writes Caroline Sullivan.

Sun dances

Costume drama of the week:</b> In <i>The King Is Dancing</i>, Corbiau leaps from one scene to the next, without much bridging or build-up, and keeps the emotional temperature high. He all but dispenses with the recitative; the film is all arias, writes Shaun de Waal.

X-raying America

Argentinian-born film producer Fernando Sulichin will be in Durban during the city's International Film Festival to conduct several workshops and to introduce the South African prèmiere of the Sulichin-produced <i>Bully</i>, the new film by Larry Clark -- a frank and explicit portrait of the violent, nihilistic youth of the United States, based on a real-life murder in Florida.

Slam dunk

Sarah Jones is on a mission to influence the depiction of black people in the media. She's visiting South Africa along with fellow poet Steve Colman, writes Thebe Mabanga.

Morbid monsters

b>Creature feature of the week: </b> Johnston has dispensed almost entirely with lyrical wonder and concentrated on horror and violence, the result is a dark, almost morbid picture that is unsuitable for younger children and squeamish adults, writes Philip French.

Art goes digital

The organisers of South Africa's first significant all-digital, non-commercial exhibition are calling for entries. Hoping to create a new awareness of the digital medium as an art form, the exhibition will open on October 31 at the Vega School of Brand Communication in Benmore, Sandton.

Hitman of Hollywood draws blood

Tinseltown's icons are flayed alive by Basic Instinct scriptwriter Joe Eszterhas in his incendiary new novel, which melds politics and entertainment, writes Ed Vulliamy.

Once upon a time you dressed so fine …

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña</i> by David Hajdu (Bloomsbury).

Getting laid for the money

Today eggs and their mothers are a more complicated affair, writes Katy Bauer.

Ghosts of electricit

Bob Dylan: Love and Theft; The Essential Bob Dylan

Ghosts of electricity

Bob Dylan: Love and Theft; The Essential Bob Dylan.

Killer movie

<b>Review: American Psycho</b>

Gimme the knight

A Knight's Tale</i> is a load of preposterous bollocks. It is also highly enjoyable, writes Shaun de Waal.

Topical and tropical

Its that time of year in Durban when the city's cineastes make the collective expression of the poor kid staring into the display window of a pastry shop, writes Alex Sudheim.

Great divides

Review</b>: <i>The Pickup</i> by Nadine Gordimer (David Philip).

Art for consumption

This year's winter has been the most robust Cape Town has experienced in more than half a century, and the art scene has been almost as bleak as the sky over Philippi, writes Nic Dawes.

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