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Wordsetc Issue 9: Lewis Nkosi

Wordsetc 9: The Lewis Nkosi Edition

“He did not suffer fools gladly and hated ‘triumphalist’ and ‘nationalistic’ propagation of literature and other arts that lacked sincerity and theoretical vigour. He had an immense understanding of literature as a craft and an expression of a people’s experience.” – Sandile Ngidi, Lewis Nkosi’s local agent for his last book, Mandela’s Ego.

The ninth edition of Wordsetc is out. It leads with a heartfelt profile of Lewis Nkosi ,who died late last year. Nkosi was the last of the much-celebrated crew of Drum journalists of the 1950s. After Drum, he went on to conquer the world of academia, lecturing posts at various universities during his exile from South Africa. He is regarded as a perceptive, if sometimes pugnacious, essayist and literary critic who had no qualms speaking his mind. His most famous book is Mating Birds, an explosive novel about miscegenation that won both praise and criticism. In this warts-and-all profile Nkosi comes alive as a man with a bohemian streak and a man of letters who relished a good intellectual fight. Early in 2008 he exclusively wrote a weighty essay for Wordsetc on how he writes. We are proud and humbled to feature it for the first time in this current edition.

The edition’s other contents are equally absorbing. Mike Sager, our California-based editor at large and novelist, goes to a banquet in honour of Gay Talese, a pioneer of New Journalism. Amanda Patterson reflects on her writing career and how she started her successful writing course. Meanwhile, Kimon Neophyte assesses Tolstoy’s legacy a hundred years after his death, while Pumla Dineo Gqola delves into slave memory and how it affects South Africa today. Matthew Freemantle relives the horror of a bus ride from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg with two border jumpers. Cynthia Jele tells us how she writes her novels while Prof Kole Omotoso looks at Nigerian literature fifty years after independence. Botswana novelist Lauri Kubuitsile relates the experience of taking up an exceptional writers’ residency in Egypt. There’s also a delightful short story by Carly Brown. In our appraisal section Joe Thloloe pays tribute to Alf Kumalo, a world-renowned photographer he describes as “a poet with a camera”.

Enjoy.

 

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    February 18th, 2011 @15:52 #
     
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    oh, goodie, I always look forward to my 'etc - time to lie in wait for the postman again :-)

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    February 19th, 2011 @11:11 #
     
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    Me, too. And I have long been awaiting Carly's short story!

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    March 4th, 2011 @15:55 #
     
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    I just got my copy in the post and was delighted by the book reviews. No fewer than 19 pages - yes, nineteen magazine pages - of good-length reviews on a wide selection of local and international books by a wide range of reviewers from household names to an erudite schoolboy. *This* is how we foster productive critical thinking about books in this country where the newspapers are struggling to generate a single page of copy on books.

    I'd like to mention, also, that Heat magazine carries three book reviews weekly: that's more than the Sunday Times. That's all I'm saying.

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    March 4th, 2011 @16:44 #
     
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    three book reviews a month? The mag is even hotter than its cover! ... be interested to know some of the reviewed titles if anyone would like to spare me the cost of a copy.

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  • <a href="http://www.darlingtonrichards.com/" rel="nofollow">moi</a>
    moi
    March 4th, 2011 @16:46 #
     
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    week, I meant week, no second chances here - like hitting send on an email the moment before you realise that's soooo not the intended recipient in the 'to' line :-(

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    March 4th, 2011 @16:55 #
     
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    I need to get to the PO. My copy wasn't there on Tuesday. Moi, I haven't read Heat in awhile, but when I did the book reviews tended to be aimed at a specific genera. Which given its shtick, made sense. But hey, at least they promote books.

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