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A Chatsworth Smorgasbord

  Pravasan Pillay samples a selection of food from some of Chatsworth’s takeaways, restaurants and market stalls. I spent three weeks in my hometown of Chatsworth, Durban over the December holidays and apart from over-indulging in tonnes of home-made food and braais at my mother’s, friends’, and families’ homes, I also sampled a small selection […]

Thabo Mbeki and Haiti

  n 26 August 1789, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted by the National Constituent Assembly in revolutionary Paris. The adoption of the Declaration has often been understood as a foundational moment in the development of the epoch in human history now often thought of as modernity. The […]

Snackwich Nation

  ravasan Pillay continues his series of columns on sandwiches and this time he’s talking snackwiches. One evening, a few months ago, I was struck by a serious craving for a cheese and tomato snackwich. You know the kind with the molten burn-the-roof-your-mouth stringy cheese, crispy, slightly oily outsides – all bordered by pleasingly crunchy […]

CONstellations: A Review of “Radiance”

  Radiance Catherynne M. Valente Corsair atherynne Valente’s sprawling decopunk novel, set on and between ten planets including Earth, imagines a universe where space travel was perfected back in the 1850s, but where mass communications retained the narrative conventions and film-making techniques of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and where the nourishment of the space colonies depends […]