Where are we going?
To be human is to be a part of society. But society does not exist of itself. It changes only through the actions of its individuals, actions both small and big. These articles focus on the nuances of social action, that which is needed to be human.
I attended the Decolonising South African Editing event at Wits University. And as always with public debates in South Africa, things go wild.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has declared that the motion of no confidence will be conducted by secret ballot. What does this mean?
I am proud of and enamoured by Sisonke Msimang. Have a read of this excellent excerpt from her public lecture last week! It was mind-blowing, absolutely shattering, and confirms my belief in our people, how far South Africa has come, and how to figure where it must now go. The video will come in June! UPDATE: The talk, Eyes on the back of our heads: Recovering a multi-cultural South Africa, can now be accessed here and here.
On a South African radio show, a few writers and publishers got together to discuss the current revolutions taking place in South African publishing.
Okay, here’s my end of March rant because I’ve had enough of South Africa’s chaos, and of standing aside by not speaking out about it. And for this, I’ll need to channel my favourite angry white man in this message. First, there’s a pervading myth about SA and books, in that South Africans don’t have a book-reading culture. BULLSHIT. WRONG. FAKE NEWS.
First up, I’ll be posting about things you may find obtuse, informative or just entertaining. Whether it’s a book, a writer’s principle, politics, social change, or just a beautiful woman in a tango pose, these posts will be about ideas both grand and small.