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Always Another Book Review of sorts…

This morning at around 2 am i finished reading Sisonke Msimang's 'Always Another Country'. Which was my second Christmas present from tbV after 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. To be fair, i think any book i read after 'Americanah' would have felt somewhat like a hospital pass, because Adichie just has such an impressive gift when it comes to knitting words together to make unbelievable garments that defy simple communication. But in and of itself [...]

By | 2018-02-16T09:10:23+00:00 February 16th, 2018|inspire-ations, South Africa, what i am reading|0 Comments

Between the world and Ta-Nehisi Coates

i just started reading 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which has been on my to-read pile for a while now. It is written in the form of a series of letters between him and his son and speaks into race in America and beyond. This is another book well worth reading, especially as someone trying to understand more the race dynamics of our day and age. This extract jumped out at me: [...]

By | 2017-09-20T10:07:37+00:00 September 15th, 2017|inspire-ations, thorts of other people, what i am reading|1 Comment

My thoughts on ‘Thoughts on the New South Africa’ – Neville Alexander

i recently read 'Thoughts on the New South Africa' by Neville Alexander which my friend Ashley Visagie lent to me. Now for anyone who doesn't know Ashley Visagie, if the term 'thought leader' applies to anyone in South Africa with regards to education and poverty and identity and so much more, it would have to be him. So when he gives you a book, you read it. i'm not sure if i would have read [...]

By | 2017-08-25T09:03:52+00:00 August 25th, 2017|book vibes, thorts of other people, what i am reading|1 Comment

Dear Ijeawele: a book review

The other day i borrowed and read 'Dear Ijeawele: or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions' by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. My friend Heidi had just finished reading it and had it with her on a recent weekend away and so i asked if i could borrow it. At 60ish pages it feels a little more like an extended pamphlet than a book and it was easy to munch down in one session - [...]

By | 2017-05-30T14:14:15+00:00 May 30th, 2017|what i am reading|0 Comments

Chasing ‘Chasing Francis’: a book review of sorts

'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.' [Marcel Proust] i am about a third of the way through reading the book 'Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale' by Ian Morgan Cron and already trying to figure out in my head how i am going to get hold of ten copies of it to pass on to that person and that person and maybe you... but seriously, whether [...]

By | 2017-04-26T10:37:27+00:00 April 15th, 2017|inspire-ations, what i am reading|6 Comments

The Bad Habits of Jesus

i am busy reading Leonard Sweet's book, 'The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing us the way to live right in a world gone wrong'. It has a very different way of looking at Jesus in terms of picking up some things that might be seen as bad habits - He spat, He procrastinated, He was constantly disappearing, He offended people, He hung out with bad people and so on - and showing how they point [...]

Book Review: Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

i just finished reading 'Born a Crime' by Trevor Noah. Aaand i'm in two minds... there is something i can't quite put my finger on - whether the book feels lazy or rushed or perhaps ghost written from some audio tapes Trevor made... but it feels like something of him is missing. It certainly is not meant as a comedy book - although there are some good laughs [and many of those i got by [...]

By | 2017-01-06T12:28:09+00:00 January 5th, 2017|South Africa, thorts of other people, what i am reading|7 Comments

Getting Naked Later – a book review of my friend Kate Hurley’s book

A little eight-year-old girl was asked what she thought love was. She cocked her head and thought for a little bit. Then she replied, "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over to paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis. That's what love is." [pg 159, Getting Naked Later] And with that excerpt, i begin the book review of this most [...]

Mister Blog, this is Anna

I just started reading ‘Mister God, this is Anna’ by Fynn and Wow the first three chapters connected completely – may just be one of those books ‘everyone should read’ – here is an early extract which struck me: ‘Mum and Anna shared many likes and dislikes; perhaps the simplest and the most beautiful sharing was their attitude towards Mister God. Most people I knew used God as an excuse for their failure. ‘He should [...]

By | 2009-10-23T09:38:33+00:00 October 23rd, 2009|what i am reading|0 Comments