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South Africa

Siya Kolisi’s Spell

A nation is the product of magical thinking.

All-in on the Triple Red Hot Ultra Stack Dragon

Almost 90% of South Africa’s electricity is produced from coal by Eskom.

and then through China Town so O could buy some mushrooms for dinner

My mother texted back the salivating emoji and asked me to save her some.

Traveling Blues

When you're waiting for your nephew

E Soweto

Don't underestimate the Witching Hour

My Perfect Nose

Self-love is in fashion now, but it glosses over so many uncomfortable truths.

February is break-up season in Cape Town

I was so sad once in February I drove with the handbrake on for the whole day.

Notes on Snorkeling

I thought the word “snorkel” to myself, over and over, and undertook a very limited exploration of every opinion I’d ever had on the subject.

Like many of John Le Carré’s women, she has a creepy energy that I can only describe as “sex-mother.”

Many of the women in his books seem unable to decide whether they want to sleep with every man they see or be their actual biological mother.