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27 September 2016 20:56 (South Africa)
Life, etc

Disgrace: JM Coetzee humiliates himself in Johannesburg. Or does he?

  • Richard Poplak
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    Richard Poplak

    Richard Poplak was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. Now a full-time writer, Richard is a senior contributor at South Africa’s leading news site, Daily Maverick, and a frequent contributor to publications all over the world. He is a member of Deca Stories, the international long-form non-fiction collective.

    His first book was the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (Penguin, 2007); his follow-up was entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World (Soft Skull, 2010). Poplak has also written the experimental journalistic graphic novel Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox, 2010). His election coverage from South Africa’s 2014 election, written under the nom de plume Hannibal Elector, was collected as Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle (Tafelberg, 2014).  Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada.

    Since 2010, Poplak has been travelling across Africa, seeking out the catalysts and characters behind the continent’s 21stcentury metamorphosis. The coming book, co-authored with Kevin Bloom, is called The Shift

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Photo: Marianne Thamm.

Video – Between The Lines: Hitler, Verwoerd & Marianne Thamm

By John Matisonn
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Theatre review: Cheers to Sarajevo

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Alexander Fleming, who is credited with discovering penicillin in 1928. (Wikimedia Commons)

Health-E News: Fighting the Superbugs

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Addiction & Recovery: When the carrot beats the stick

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo of Allister Sparks by Media24.

Allister Sparks: An editor in the vanguard of a Golden Age of South African Journalism

By J Brooks Spector
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Sk8 for Gr8: The creative collaborative hoping to redesign the futures of Woodstock’s kids

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Photo: Anti-LGBT Pastor Steven Anderson Applauds Orlando Massacre: 'There's Fifty Less Pedophiles In The World' (RightWingWatch.org)

Gigaba says No to US ‘hate’ pastor, but challenges remain

By Greg Nicolson
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GroundUp: Survey finds lack of direct contact with gay people

By GroundUp
Photo: Chicken nuggets, by Walt Stoneburner via Flickr

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Theatre review: My Fat Friend – too vicious to be lightweight

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Photo: A Malaysian wildlife official stands near confiscated elephant ivory tusks from Africa before destroying the ivory, in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, 14 April 2016. Malaysian authorities destroy 10 tons of seized ivory tusks as part of the country's progress in combating the ivory trafficking and illegal trade. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

Op-Ed: Can CITES cope with the illegal wildlife trade?

By Adam Cruise
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Op-Ed: Should philanthropy be funding arts and culture?

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Main photo: Star Trek, the original crew.

Resistance was futile: Star Trek has lived for 50 long years – and boy has it prospered

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Main photo: A technician holds one of the panels before it comes off of the new fabrication line. Dr Vivian Alberts and his team have created the first wholly African designed and built solar panels at their facility in Stellenbosch. (Jeffrey Barbee/Alliance Earth.org)

Africa’s Only Solar Panel Manufacturer Shines Brightly

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Thirty years of Graceland: How Paul Simon and the SA music industry created a masterpiece

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Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas crosses the finish line to win the women's 400m final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15 August 2016. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

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I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change runs at Montecasino Theatre until 4 September. Tickets from Computicket.

Theatre review: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

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