Category Archives: Journal

The Sound of Islay

Introducing the Bodley Head / FT essay competition. Financial Times | 11 November 2016. 1. Just before I turned 30 I was homeless for a while. Homeless is the wrong word, an exaggeration. But I was in Edinburgh with little money … Continue reading

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Negative Spaces

A visit to a deconstruction site. Diary, Financial Times, 15 April 2016. [PDF] Deconstruction: a notoriously hard-to-define mode of textual analysis associated with the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, distantly descended (my Dictionary of Critical Theory tells me) from Friedrich Nietzsche’s dictum … Continue reading

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Waterlog

A journey through the public pools of greater Cape Town. Solitary but sociable, easeful but dangerous, gloriously escapist but inescapably political – a swimmer’s progress is full of paradoxes… Openings column | Financial Times, 8 January, 2016. Waterlog #3 | Sea Point … Continue reading

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About a Mountain

Fragments from a walking residency across the Cape Peninsula. Three images from our walking residency, 6-12 December 2015. The first is the official prompt for this exercise (me and Meghna at Smitswinkel Camp). The second is one I asked Barry … Continue reading

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MER1CA

On first impressions, snap judgements and Achille Mbembe’s sense of style. Openings column (shorter version): Financial Times, 14 August 2015. ‘America is the most grandiose experiment that the world has yet seen,’ wrote Sigmund Freud in 1909, ‘but, I am afraid, it … Continue reading

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An Unnatural History pt.1

The Hoerikwaggo Trail (and just after): a walking seminar. Postamble | A transdisciplinary journal of African Studies. Last time I did it with three old friends, and in the opposite direction. This time from Cape Point to town with a … Continue reading

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Juice Time

A wayward tribute to Alice Munro…and Raymond E. Feist.  . Electricity gone down from Flower Road to Davenport. No internet on a Sunday. Peace. Yesterday’s swimming is still in me, in my shoulders and hair. Clifton 3 ½ beach with … Continue reading

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