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Unruly Places, by Alastair Bonnett: Review

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
By Alastair Bonnett
Viking
270 pp; $30

The South African poet Lionel Abrahams once reminded us that, “Memory takes root only half in the folds of the brain: half’s in the concrete streets we have lived along.” Abrahams was Johannesburg’s unofficial poet laureate, the reigning flâneur of an unwalkable city. 975 more words

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Age of Ambition, by Evan Osnos: Review

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
By Evan Osnos
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
403 pp; $31

Once upon a time in China, paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, who would in 1979 begin nudging his country toward the greatest orgy of national development in human history, uttered the injunction, “Tao guang yang hui” — hide brightness, nourish obscurity. 986 more words

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"Seeing Red" From The Walrus March 2012

“No other sport reveals a country’s soul as well as soccer does (yeah, we said it, Don Cherry). So what does our neglect of the beautiful game say about us? 18 more words

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Book Review: Apologies to My Censor, by Mitch Moxley

Apologies to My Censor: The High and Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China
By Mitch Moxley
Harper Perennial
304 pp; $16.99

There’s a book lurking somewhere within the reconstituted notes that serve as journalist Mitch Moxley’s debut, … 924 more words

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Open letter to South Africa from foreign media

Dear South Africa,
Please get the fuck out of the way.
Wait, that probably came out wrong. Let us explain.
As you may have noted, we’re back! 26 more words

open letter to south africa from foreign media

Dear South Africa,

Please get the fuck out of the way.

Wait, that probably came out wrong. Let us explain.

As you may have noted, we’re back! 764 more words

Book Review: The Childhood of Jesus, by J.M. Coetzee

The Childhood of Jesus
By J.M. Coetzee
Harvill Secker
277 pp; $29.95

“They clothed me and gave me money.”

So opens Samuel Beckett’s The End… 1,264 more words

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