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Who f***ed up SA?

This is an extract from the book 50 People Who F***ed Up South Africa: The Lost Decade by Alexander Parker and Tim Richman, with cartoons by Zapiro

Unpacking Johannesburg’s myriad anxieties

Anxious Jo’burg, edited by Nicky Falkof and Cobus van Staden, acknowledges the city as a real place and not a horrifying stereotype

Review: Sam Msibi’s perilous dance on the frontlines

Lensman Sam Msibi’s memoir, The Accidental Frontline Journalist, reveals a life irrevocably bound to South Africa’s history

‘Feline Philosophy’: A cat’s-eye view on life’s meaning

In his latest book, philosopher John Gray examines how cats live according to their nature — and how us humans could benefit from emulating their (c)attitude

African science fiction: rereading the The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola wields language as the ultimate form of technology

‘The Sweetest Ache’ extract: Dark brown and midnight black magic

An activist’s encounter with an attractive waitress leads her to take an inventory of her own body in Mercy Thokozane Minah’s ‘The Sweetest Ache’

Dambudzo Marechera’s literary shock treatment

A new book on Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera draws on both actual and imaginary archives

The Portfolio: Megan Ross

Author and poet Megan Ross designs books and cover artwork for a living. She speaks to Kwanele Sosibo about her process

A Seat at a Table, Ep 1: The writerly thing to do

Interviews can often demystify the processes behind how people create. It’s always fascinated Phumlani Pikoli to find the tricks to artists’ magic, as explored in his new podcast, ‘A Seat at a Table’

Cape Town’s Open Book Festival turns over a new leaf

In the midst of the pandemic the literary festival is hosting podcasts instead of livestreamed panels

A distress signal from Soweto in 1977

A Window on Soweto by Joyce Sikakane-Rankin provided insight during apartheid censorship

No grand illusions or announcements of change in Dolla Sapeta’s Skeptical Erections

In his work, poet and artist Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta weaves a tight thread between his two practices and the Eastern Cape township of New Brighton

‘There are Mechanisms in Place’: Collaboration births sacred text

‘There are Mechanisms in Place’, comprising text, poetry and visual analysis of Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s practice, reveals how working together is a powerful philosophy

An extract from ‘The Broken River Tent’: ‘I chose resistance!’

In this extract from The Broken River Tent, by Mphuthumi Ntabeni, the protagonist, Phila, makes a fiery courtroom speech

Three new nonfiction book reviews

Shaun de Waal reviews three nonfiction books by Ruth Hopkins, Philippa Garson and Tom Eaton

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