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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Occupy Johannesburg

<this story first appeared in the Sunday Times newspaper> Nechama Brodie on why the city has such a troubled relationship with its past.   Johannesburg was never considered a city with a future. It’s one of the reasons the city has always been incredibly bad at preserving its past. When public diggings were proclaimed in […]

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