Monthly Archives: January 2008

not to dream

At night, driving, alone. A twenty minute journey from one bit of the city to another and not another car, not another single vehicle, not another soul. The retreat begins early. The afternoon rush-hour at its worst around 4pm. Get … Continue reading

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W G Sebald wrote

‘the world, as it were, depletes itself, because the stories that adhere to things are never heard by anyone, never recorded or retold’

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it’s starting to get to me

Thick Afrikaans blurts through a loud-speaker six floors down, on Jorissen Street. Men in blue and men in lime yellow tops move orange cones between the three lanes of this, one of Johannesburg’s main arteries. It feels sinister, hearing the … Continue reading

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the helicopter society

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. Fernando Sergio Morales;I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address … Continue reading

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reconstructing my lobotomy

Hemingway has said, ‘I certainly do not think of writing as a type of self-destruction, though journalism, after a point has been reached, can be a daily self-destruction for a serious creative writer.’ Pretentious, perhaps, to quote this. But only … Continue reading

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read these

Foe by JM Coetzee – you may never write again Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the politics of containment by the unstoppably brainy Pee Hallward. Oh, just noticed, my apologies to Pete. He should have a t between the … Continue reading

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the son of Africa

“I was inspired to get involved in politics by the struggle against bigotry and discrimination under apartheid in South Africa. It was that commitment to social justice and equality that inspired me to join the Labour Party, to run for … Continue reading

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