Relaunching a minor classic of South African writing.
Address by Tanya Wilson at the Book Lounge | 26 August.
Stephen Watson, A Writer’s Diary | 8 April 1996.
Casting an eye over the titles of papers to be delivered at an academic conference in English studies: I wonder whether the authors of almost all these papers do not feel that deep, if secret, shame that comes from recognizing that they are a mere chorus-line dancing to the tune of someone else’s music and choreography. I am reminded, in short, of those occasions when I felt myself to be someone who has failed in that primal obligation: to be an autonomous human being. And the almost ontological sense of guilt that goes with it.