Tag Archives: unusable pasts

Literatures of Betrayal

Risk, collaboration and collapse in post-TRC narrative. The Eleventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies ‘Literary Journalism: Telling the Untold Stories’. Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande so Sul. Porto Alegre, Brazil, 19-21 May 2016. The TRC’s purpose was not … Continue reading

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A Useless Life

Literary biography and the limits of ‘research’. Visions of Tsafendas | Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies Volume 16, Issue 4, 2015. Research seminar, research cluster, research output. The word is almost a fetish within the contemporary academy—but … 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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Visions of Tsafendas

Unparliamentary behaviour, now and then. This is just a glimpse of my Experiences in an Abnormal World. I intend writing a Book if I ever have the opportunity, but medical attention is what I need at present. Demetrios Tsafendas, Letter from … Continue reading

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Thief and Dispatcher

  New Maps of Africa. Review of Teju Cole, Every Day is for the Thief (Faber, 2014) and Mark Gevisser, Dispatcher: Lost and Found in Johannesburg. (Granta, 2014). New Statesman 13-19 June, 2014.  

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The Lives of Objects

Oxford Centre for Life Writing | 20 – 22 September 2013 | Archive and Public Culture gazette. …Stories, like objects, have contours and patterns. And certain objects might allow us to tell stories that are shaped more irregularly and are more … Continue reading

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Obscure White Messenger

Revised version presented at The Lives of Objects: Inaugural Conference of the Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Wolfson College, directed by Hermione Lee | 20-22 September 2013.

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