Let the people write whatever they want, and let the readers make the decisions based on their own experience, and posterity will sort out the rest. I’m not sure that any intellectually curious reader would appreciate being told what is and isn’t safe reading.
So I wandered into a lovely office in a nursery in Johannesburg to speak at Radio Today, a community radio… Read more Podcast: Catalogues, Books and Writing
Bad cover design delegates books to the wrong sections, gives them the wrong or no readers and so often puts great books on sale tables, alone and unwanted and left to die next to untold numbers of Dan Brown books.
How important is steampunk? Is it a literary genre? A film aesthetic? Or just a subculture that has co-opted bits… Read more The Steampunk Aesthetic and Ideal in Literature and Film: A Primer
“Why don’t you stock more local authors? Why can’t I find any South African poetry? Why are there so few… Read more The State of South African Literature
Satanic Verses deals with the scope of life and death, Bollywood films, utterly destructive love and romance (the mother pushing her children out of a building and following them), sin and lust and climbing Everest. It is a work broad in its material and eloquent in its execution and about so much more than just a few misguided verses. To mark this book as unfit and unacceptable just because a few people are offended is an insult to those of us who don’t share the same belief systems.
Everyone loves to complain about the price of things without really thinking about what it costs to make it happen.… Read more The Price of Books
Today, South African media is taking to the streets to protest the battering-ram speed of the Secrecy Bill being pushed… Read more This is Your Revolutionary Reading
Censorship says more about the people that ban the books than the authors that wrote them. According to the American… Read more Banned Book Week