The Literary Review’s Bad Sex Awards

The Bad Sex Award is definitely not as prestigious as the Man Booker Prize, but it is one of the most popular awards in the literary calender. Established by Auberon Waugh in 1993 ‘to highlight – and hopefully discourage – the “crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels”‘, the Bad Sex Award…

The Closing of Boekehuis

It was only a matter of time, really, but Naspers has announced that they will be closing down Boekehuis at the end of January 2012. Naspers, henceforth known as the evil empire, has informed Boekehuis in Johannesburg that they intend closing that fine bookshop at the end of January 2012. Despite raking in billions, they contend…

This is Your Revolutionary Reading

Today, South African media is taking to the streets to protest the battering-ram speed of the Secrecy Bill being pushed through. In my heart, I want to believe that this will get stomped on by the Constitutional Court but it seems far too audacious to hope for that much right now. At the least, we can be…

Lauren Myracle, Shine, and the National Book Awards

I blogged about the National Book Awards for work (you have to admit, my job is awesome) over here, and since then it turns out there’s been a slightly ugly mix-up about the Young People’s writing category. To sum it up, Lauren Myracle‘s book Shine was mistakenly made a finalist instead of the novel Chime by…

My Sweet, Beautiful Taste of the World Cup

For the very first time in my life, I went to a stadium to watch a football match. But not just any stadium, and not just any match. I watched Spain beat Honduras at Ellis Park, sitting second row from the field, with family and friends and 54,000 other people. I cannot express how my…

Movies

As I write this, I am listening to the trailer for Clash of the Titans. I know that it might have shocking dialogue and general shamelessness, but it will undoubtedly have the scale and action I so loved in 300, a movie both remarkably accurate and engaging. I love movies, I always have. And while…

Anatomy of the Rainspider

Really, I would be quite happy to never, *ever* see a spider again. I woke up this morning in a grand mood, to the sound of the Dr Horrible theme and was looking forward to a day spent with my family doing whatever it is we do on Mondays. Going for lunch, doing a little…