Monthly Archives: January 2011


Speedpainting: Landscape 1

  Here is a quick sketch I did as an excercise in speedpainting. I would like to get more practice doing digital art (there are things one can do with a wacom & photoshop that can’t be done on canvas), and furthermore digital art lends […]


Sketches with Harmony

I discovered Harmony, a very cool tool for making sketches. It is written using the javascript port of the Processing language, and utilises procedural methods to augment the various different brushes. I first saw work by Rob Sheridan made using it, and then gave it […]



The new year finally brought me to start reading AS Byatt romance Possession. This is a truly exquisite work, one of a limited number of books I’ve read that I would properly describe as literature. Telling the tale of two (post)modern academics researching the relationship […]

Ilizwe lam

Ilizwe Lam

  A painting drawing inspiration from the beautiful Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape (South Africa). The following poem, in Xhosa, appears along the clouds: Apha kule ndawo intle, Siyalibon’ ilanga xa liphuma ekuseni nalitshona ngokuhlwa. Siyawuva umoya awusukelayo amafu esibhakabhakeni. Abantu abahlal’ apha bayazazi, […]


What I Talk About when I Talk About Running

I was given Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About when I Talk About Running by a friend and fellow running enthusiast, and found it an incredibly moving and relevant read. Written almost as memoirs, this short work provides insight into both Murakami’s life as a […]


The Oxford History of South Africa, Part 2

I started reading The Oxford History of South Africa slightly over a year ago, and while it has been very interesting and rewarding to learn more of the history of my country, this two-volume tome is anything but an easy read. The text is dry, […]


A Rustle in the Grass

I found Robin Hawdon’s novel A Rustle in the Grass quite serendipitously at a second-hand bookstore, and was immediately intrigued by the idea of a serious novel set in an ant colony. The book is fast-paced and reads easily, but still presents a remarkably deep […]


Through the Language Glass

Through the Language Glass is the second book on linguistics by Guy Deutscher that I’ve read recently (the other being The Unfolding of Language). This popular science book explains various differences between languages, and tackles the rather thorny question of whether the language we think […]


A See-through Suitcase

A See-through Suitcase is a short anthology of poetry by Deborah Steinmair, a South African poet. She manages to capture beauty and tragedy in a truly exquisite and poignant way – the poems in this anthology are very honest, and have that special type of […]


The Unfolding of Language

I have an enduring passion for and interest in language, and was thus quite intrigued when I read about Guy Deutscher’s two books, The Unfolding of Language and Through the Language Glass. As it was written earlier, I read The Unfolding of Language first. In […]