The Great Banting Debate

[This article originally appeared in Men’s Health magazine] Tim Noakes’ revival of a 150-year-old high-fat, low-carbohydrate Harvey Banting diet has been roundly condemned by the medical establishment. The controversy has turned Noakes into a best-seller. It’s good PR – but is it good science? This is what happens on a low-carb, high-fat diet. First, you […]

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Sedition in the Suburbs

This article originally appeared in the Mail & Guardian Two decades of sedition and subversion, and the comic anthology Bitterkomix has found itself firmly entrenched in the suburbs. Anton Kannemeyer (Joe Dog) has bought a house in Pinelands, Cape Town, which will function as a studio for himself and his wife, artist Claudette Schreuders. Kannemeyer […]

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David Rossouw: An Obituary for Joburg’s Man of Steel

[this text was first published in the Mail & Guardian] My first encounter with the work of David Rossouw (1959-2013) was in the form of an almost impenetrable steel security gate at the front door of my then-boyfriend, now ex-husband’s house on the border of Brixton in Johannesburg. Rossouw, a longtime friend, was an artist […]

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As one, in a world apart

[this article originally appeared in the Mail & Guardian] A trio of Israeli films being shown around South Africa, explore the often invisible ­Palestinian and Israeli victims of armed conflict. My grandmother was born in Palestine. I was born in Israel. There are words that capture the worlds that changed, in between those two sentences: […]

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Running the streets of Rio

[this article first appeared in the Mail & Guardian newspaper] ‘This is cassava,” I shouted, trying to make myself heard over the music. “What? Who’s Cassandra?” We were sitting at a table at Carioca da Gema (Avenida Mem de Sá 79; barcariocadagema.com.br), drinking Brahma beer and eating thick pieces of aipim frita — fried cassava […]

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