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Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Prisoner and his Pin-up Girl

The National Geographic issue of July 1975 is as delightful a time capsule as you would expect from the magazine that dictated our understanding of the world. On the very first page is an advertisement for Iran Air—against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. “Now fly to New York five times a week,” the copy

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Madiba: I remember

I remember not knowing what you looked like; at sunrise seeing the regime’s footmen erase your name from walls before the paint had dried. I remember, as a child, sitting on the back seat of the car...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Jennifer Hudson is no Winnie Mandela

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Nelson Mandela and the Rabbits

Twenty ago next week Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years in prison. A large chunk of those years (18) was spent on Robben Island off Cape Town.  Now that island is overrun by rabbits.  And the...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Dennis Brutus Memorial in New York City