This book was a wonderful read for me at this time in my development as a writer. It is a collection of creative non-fiction articles and long-form pieces, all very good examples of what this genre of writing is capable of. The introduction is a collection of very well-written and practical pieces of advice for … More In Fact; the Best of creative non-fiction by Lee Gutkind. W. W. Norton & Company. 1987
I don’t like how Joe Klein writes. I won’t spend as much time on this columnist for Time Magazine as I did on Joel, largely because I don’t like Joe Klein’s writing and hence I have less to say about it. Reading Time Magazine from my time in high-school, I always felt that Joel Klein … More In the Arena by Joe Klein. Time Magazine. 2015
Brain Porn is a collection of the best journalistic writing produced by the Daily Maverick’s in recent years. Covering the major events of South Africa’s recent history, from the Gupta scandal to Marikana, the collection of work also exhibits ideas and positions that are unpopular in South Africa, such as defending the lion-hunting industry and … More Brain Porn; The Best of the Daily Maverick by Branko Brkic. Tafelberg. 2014
My relationship with journalism began with a subscription to Time Magazine. It was a gift from an aunt, inspired by my keen but undirected talent as a writer and my appreciation of news and news media. I soon had a favorite columnist, Joel Stein. Joel’s writing was never the kind of hard, investigative work that … More The Awesome Column by Joel Stein. Time Magazine. 2015
“(It was) the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle 60’s was a very special time and place to be a part of, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of … More If you’re too open-minded, your brain will fall out.
For someone sitting in the centre of a bar on a busy Wednesday afternoon in a student town, I hadn’t seen anyone in well over an hour. The poorly-lit, dark red bar counter must have seen at least 30 people step up to lean against it since it had supported me, but I hadn’t seen … More Going Back to School
Being late is not something that happens by accident. There are a number of necessary requirements for not arriving on time, and failing to fulfil even one of these may result in showing up within a reasonable hour. Even without any prior engagements, there are still a number of obstacles to be navigated if the … More Human Being Late