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Bongani Madondo’s Sigh: The Real Shit

  Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain That is pouring like an avalanche comin’ down the mountain – Pepper, The Butthole Surfers, Electriclarryland, 1996 eople are equal. Writers, like cooks and singers and dancers and lovers, are not. That’s just how it is. Most writers offer little in […]

Bastards and Badlands – A Conversation with Jason Aaron

  This century has seen an incredible proliferation of fiction which uses the noir templates of tormented gangsters, crooked cops and unhappy endings to interrogate political and sociological issues. The paranoid works of James Ellroy and David Peace map the seedy underworld of the Cold War and the rise of neoliberalism. Epic novels like Roberto […]

Bessie Head: Thunder Behind Her Ears

  It took me about three weeks of careful reading to finish Gillian Stead Eilersen’s Thunder Behind Her Ears – a Bessie Head biography first published in 1995. It’s seldom that one discovers an African writer independently. A teacher, for example, had to tell me about Tsitsi Dangarembga, and about Wole Soyinka, then about Njabulo […]