On being a shoplifter

“Browsing bookshops then buying online is a ‘genteel form of shoplifting’”, this according to David Nicholls, in an article in The Guardian from some weeks ago. He was speaking at the London Book Fair and bringing attention to the disappearance of bookstores, on how their numbers are dwindling more and more in neighbourhoods as the…

On putting down roots as an expat

 It is Spring and in readying myself for a new season I have been tossing, restoring and organising. The closets, the book shelves, the digital storage. On the physical side, this has been a fairly quick and easy process – we live in an apartment, so the closets and bookshelves were done within days. On…

Putting the words on a page

In the past week I have had numerous conversations with different people in my life about the challenges of ‘getting the words on paper’ or onto whatever medium. I have not been writing as often and as consistently as I would have liked. Last week my efforts were upended by a new computer and the…

Contemporary Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton

The sheer size of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is intimidating. Designed by Frank Gehry to look like ship’s sails, it  has an oddly space-ship like appearance in Bois de Boulogne. Inside, the vast collection of contemporary art, the installations, the various theatres reserved for seminars, ateliers and music concerts alike, is as equally intimidating. They…

On Reading South Africa

André Brink (1935 – 2015). Photo source: africavivre.com In making my ambitious plans to read everything and anything this year, I decided that one of my reading forays would be into reading South African writers. I have not read that many South African writers and amongst my list of writers to read was of course,…