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Jerm Says Charlie Hebdo Attacks are “A Lot More Loaded and Complicated” than One Cartoon (Podcast)

Jerm WarfareComedy ClubJeremy Nell, aka Jerm, says the recent attacks in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were about more than just one cartoon.

There has been a long history of aggression and animosity building up and giving rise to extremism, he told the Cliff Central team, adding that the attacks were “a lot more loaded and complicated” and cannot be blamed on the cartoons alone.

Political satire is more about the message or the commentary than about the physical work, Jerm said. Previously the author of Jerm Warfare said that it is important to remember that the attacks are not representative of Islam as a whole.

Turning his attention back to South Africa, Jerm said that each society deals with their issues differently. “We get away with more in South Africa than in other countries,” he said. “We have a shitload of angry people in South Africa. We also have a huge amount of people with a great sense of humour.” He said that our democracy is still raw and unrefined, which perhaps allows us to be more critical than in more advanced democracies.

Jerm joins the Cliff Central team at 12:30. Listen to the podcast:

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Learn How to Use Your Brain to Lose Weight with The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie breinchirurg se dieetPenguin presents The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg:

In a market flooded with quick-fix solutions for weight loss and healthy living, Dr Adriaan Liebenberg, an internationally recognised neurosurgeon, provides an easy, safe and healthy alternative: use your brain to lose weight.

After being fat and unhappy about it for most of his life, Dr Liebenberg decided to use his professional knowledge of the brain to alter his own lifestyle. He worked out which foods could modify his brain chemistry to speed up his metabolism and change his attitude towards food – and it worked. He lost 70 kilograms and became a much healthier person.

Straightforward and easy to read, The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is a step-by-step and realistic guide for taking control of your weight without having to rely on fad diets or appetite-suppressing drugs. It empowers you with knowledge that can keep you healthy and slim by providing information on the energy values of foods and meal-planning guidelines that will make your weight-loss journey uncomplicated and guilt-free. Having already helped thousands of others, Dr Liebenberg’s inspirational story and unrelenting honesty will show that using your brain to eat is the natural and most obvious way to lose weight.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is also available in Afrikaans as Die Breinchirurg se dieet

About the author

Adriaan Liebenberg holds a master’s degree in Neurosurgery from Stellenbosch University and is a Fellow of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa.

Liebenberg is an internationally published author of a standard work on brain surgery and works in private practice in the Western Cape. He is an amateur photographer and a keen adventure motorcycle rider.

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Jerm on Charlie Hebdo: “These Acts of Violence are Not Representative of Islam as a Whole” (Video)

 

Comedy ClubJerm WarfarePolitical cartoonist Jeremy Nell, aka Jerm, posted a drawing on his website with the caption: “I’ll keep it short. Je suis Charlie.” Jerm spoke to News24 reporter Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath about the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo that inspired the picture.

The author of Jerm Warfare said he decided to keep the cartoon very simple to express his feelings about the attack. “Something like that massacre is incredibly emotional and something that I don’t want to joke about,” he said.

Jerm said he is worried about the repercussions of the attack. “These acts of violence are not representative of Islam as a whole,” he said. “The problem is though that this disturbing murder, or series of murders, will no doubt increase hatred towards Muslim people and that’s a concern for me.” He is also concerned about the effects that the attack will have on cartoonist and satirists around the world.

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Video: “Don’t Joke About Bombs” and Other Useful Online Advice from Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex

Don't Film Yourself Having SexTamsyn de Beer recently spoke to Samantha Moolman on Polity about Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media, which she co-authored with Emma Sadleir.

De Beer said that Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex collates all the laws, practical advice and disciplinary procedures around social media, and is split into four sections.

The first section of the book deals with the law and issues of privacy, defamation, intellectual property and how those laws operate within social media. The second section is dedicated to common sense advice, such as not making a sex tape and putting it online, and the third section deals with children. The final section sheds light on business, from the hiring to the firing stage.

De Beer spoke about how content loses its tone and context when it is placed online, which can have terrible consequences. “There really cannot be any sense of privacy on social media,” she said. “If you wouldn’t be willing for the whole world to see it it shouldn’t be going on there.”

The author mentioned an episode during which a man’s flight was delayed and he made a joke about bombing the plane. This led to years of legal battles for the man to clear his name: “Don’t joke about bombs!”

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Penguin-skrywers by US Woordfees 2015

Vanjaar se Woordfees is propvol opwindende boekgesprekke rondom die tema, “Sestien Onse”.

Penguin-skrywers wat by die Woordfees gaan optree sluit in Zelda la Grange, De Wet Potgieter, Marguerite Poland en Dennis Cruywagen.

Kom luister na die gesprek tussen La Grange en Piet Croucamp in die Boektent op Maandag, 9 Maart. Die joernalis De Wet Potgieter gaan op dieselfde dag ook met Croucamp gesels oor sy boek, Black Widow White Widow.

PJ Powers gaan op Dinsdag, 10 Maart, gesels oor al die struikelblokke wat sy in haar lewe moes oorkom en Calvin en Thomas Mollett gaan op Saterdag, 14 Maart, vertel waarom hulle net nie die Inge Lotz-dossier daar kon laat nie. Op Vrydag, 13 Maart, gesels Ilse Salzwedel oor haar boek, Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig.

Moenie die heerlike gesprek oor vertaling tussen Daniel Hugo en Poland op Woensdag, 11 Maart, misloop nie.

Meer besonderhede oor Penguin se skrywers wat vanjaar by die Woordfees ’n draai sal maak:

Goeiemore, Mnr. MandelaGood Morning, Mr MandelaBlack Widow White WidowHere I Am
Die bewakerThe KeeperBloody LiesVan sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig

 
Zelda la Grange: Goeiemôre, mnr. Mandela / Good morning, Mr Mandela
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 11:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
As persoonlike assistent vir Nelson Mandela het Zelda la Grange ‘n simbool van versoening in Suid-Afrika geword. Haar Goeiemôre, mnr. Mandela was oornag ʼn blitsverkoper en vertel die merkwaardige verhaal van hoe ‘n jong Afrikaanse vrou se lewe dramaties verander het aan die sy van ‘n wêreldikoon. Piet Croucamp gesels met haar.

De Wet Potgieter: Al-Qaeda in South Africa
Datum: Maandag, 9 Maart
Tyd: 15:00
Plek: Erfurthuis
Koste: R40
Uit die pen van die omstrede, vreeslose joernalis De Wet Potgieter kom Black Widow White Widow. Hy lig die sluier oor Al-Kaïda se bedrywighede in Suid-Afrika – en gesels hier met Piet Croucamp oor ‘n realiteit waarvan ons min weet, en wat mense se nekhare regop sal laat staan.

PJ Powers: Here I am
Datum: Dinsdag, 10 Maart
Tyd: 16:00
Plek: Die Khaya
Koste: R50
Die legendariese PJ Powers se lewensverhaal is deur Marianne Thamm opgeteken in Here I Am. Sonder om doekies om te draai, vertel Thandeka, soos Powers deur haar aanhangers in Soweto gedoop is, van die struikelblokke wat sy moes oorkom. Twee formidabele vroue aan die woord.

Hugo and Poland: Vertaler en vertaalde
Datum: Woensdag, 11 Maart
Tyd: 11:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Marguerite Poland word tereg beskou as ‘n grande dame van Suid-Afrika se Engelse letter-kunde. Nou klink haar stem vir die eerste keer ook op in Afrikaans. Die skrywer gesels met haar vertaler, Daniel Hugo, oor haar jongste roman, The Keeper, wat in Afrikaans as Die bewaker verskyn het.

Die Oscar-sage
Datum: Vrydag, 13 Maart
Tyd: 11:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Ilse Salzwedel (Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig) en Marida Fitzpatrick (Die Staat vs. Oscar), albei gerespekteerde joernaliste, ondersoek die Oscar Pistorius-moordverhoor uit verskeie invalshoeke. Elmari Rautenbach gesels met hulle oor die hofsaak, die komplekse informasieweb rondom die tragedie, en familie en vriende na aan Oscar en Reeva se indrukke.

Bloody Lies: Die Inge Lotz-dossier heropen
Datum: Saterdag, 14 Maart
Tyd: 13:00
Plek: Boektent
Koste: R50
Twee amateur-ondersoekers, Calvin en Thomas Mollett, heropen die Inge Lotz-moorddossier in Bloody Lies. Deon Knobel stel vrae aan Thomas oor hul evaluering van bewysstukke in dié opspraakwekkende moordsaak wat fassinerende en onthutsende inligting na vore ge-bring het. Het die staat en die regstelsel Inge gefaal?

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Excerpt from Garden of Dreams by Melissa Siebert: Eli Scatters Ojal’s Ashes in the Ganges

Garden of DreamsAerodrome has shared an excerpt from Melissa Siebert’s debut novel, Garden of Dreams.

This cross-cultural and cinematic novel takes the reader to the dark underworld of child trafficking in India and Nepal, following Eli, a young boy, as he leads a group of children to safety.

The excerpt below reflects the difficulty of journey they have to face as they stand on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, facing the massive crowds of people, animals and different modes of transportation. Eli has brought with him the ashes of a friend to scatter in the most sacred river in India, a task which makes him feel “part of some great mystery, some great secret about the meaning of life, and death”.

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Follow the corpses to the river. A shopkeeper had told them that as they’d entered the city. Looking, sounding, smelling like any other Indian city with its hot, polluted haze and traffic of people, cows, rickshaws, motorbikes, buses, cars, all weaving in and out of each other’s way with startling grace.

Or they could follow Sanjit Baba, the holy man they had been following east to Varanasi for the last week, on the road, part of his pilgrimage. Countless other sadhus were converging on the banks of the Ganges, colouring the stream of human, animal and vehicular traffic with their ochre turbans and robes, like mobile flames. Jeeps, vans and pick-ups laden with corpses garlanded in marigolds hooted past, the bereaved families jostling along with the departed. Eli and the girls could get lost in these hordes; no one would ever find them.

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Video: Philip Haslam and Russell Lamberti Explain Why Japan and the US Continue to Print Money

When Money Destroys NationsPhilip Haslam and Russell Lamberti spoke about their book, When Money Destroys Nations, and the pitfalls countries need to be aware of in order to avoid hyperinflation.

“America’s currently printing money on a very large scale in response to a debt crisis that happened in 2008,” Haslam said. “All indicators are that more money printing will come from the country.”

Lamberti said that developed countries like Japan and the US continue to print money, while Europe has also announced a new quantitative easing (QE) policy – where more money is printed to buy financial assets like stocks and bonds in order to create economic growth. Lamberti said this strategy to create growth hasn’t really worked, and this is where the big concern comes in: “The longer that this persists, the greater the risk of a big inflation event in the future.”

“Hyperinflation is a series of bad decisions that starts when governments go into too much debt,” Lamberti said, adding that although the developed nations are nowhere near the level of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe, they are on the path to continuous bad decisions.

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Marianne Thamm Offers Advice to New Authors: “Just Do the Work”

I Have LifeHere I Am“Just do the work. Take nothing personally. Be curious.”

These are the words of Marianne Thamm who gave sage advice to aspiring writers in an interview with Aerodrome about her working life.

The award-winning author of I Have Life: Alison’s Journey and co-author of Here I Am by PJ Powers said her work has been influenced by Tom Lanoye, Jane Raphaely, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Njabulo Ndebele, Mark Gevisser and Joan Didion, to name a few.

Thamm spoke about her journey as a non-fiction writer and shared a picture of her workspace. Read the article:

What book changed your life?

James A Michener’s The Drifters. I read it in the 1970s in South Africa when I wanted to be anywhere else in the world but there. I found six imaginary friends in the book and travelled through Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Mozambique from the wendy house in the back of the yard in Pretoria where I grew up.

What are you working on at the moment?

Apart from writing for Daily Maverick, I am contemplating the fact that my dear friend, the Belgian author Tom Lanoye, has created an opportunity for me to think about writing about myself and my strange family in some way. It is a terrifying prospect because so far I have felt most comfortable writing about the world outside of myself – as a journalist and author of non-fiction. My ghostwritings have been exercises in discipline in relation to capturing the truth of others.

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange is the Top Selling Book of 2014

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange’s memoir of her time spent as the late Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant is the best selling book of 2014, with a gross income of R15 million.

Good Morning, Mr Mandela has sold 11,000 copies a month since June, and and the Afrikaans edition, Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela, has sold 20,000 copies.

Dominating the Sunday Times Bestseller List this year, Good Morning, Mr Mandela is also one of the Books LIVE top 10 non-fiction books of 2014, as gauged by the number of clicks on BOOK Finder. Netwerk24 also chose Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela as one of their non-fiction highlights of 2014.

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Rapport said this was according to figures published by Nielsen and was based on sales at various bookshops.

In her book Le Grange writes of former president Mandela’s meetings with various celebrities including Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron and “Top Gear” presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

She also wrote about how Mandela was treated by state doctors before his death on December 5 last year.

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Taiye Selasi Explains Why it is Tiresome to be Categorised as an African Author

Ghana Must GoR Teresa O’Connell interviewed Ghana Must Go author Taiye Selasi, asking her about the expectation that African writers need to write African novels and her belief that African literature does not exist.

The interview was originally published in Italian in Rivista Studio in 2013, but O’Connell has shared the full interview on her blog. It is especially interesting in light of Ben Okri’s recent controversial essay, published in The Guardian, “A mental tyranny is keeping black writers from greatness”.

Selasi says: “I don’t perceive myself as writing about Nigeria and Ghana, I perceive myself as writing a novel about a family, in Ghana Must Go, about a young girl in The Sex Lives of African Girls, and about a young boy in Driver, those are my three published works. But because I am of West African origin, the works are perceived as they are commentaries on the countries that my parents come from. Which you know, is tiresome, quite frankly.”

O’Connell also asks Selasi about the theme of migration and identity which seems important in her work, and the visual nature of her writing. Read the article:

We seem to have this expectation that African literature should deal with the same social and political issues that we are shown by our mediatic representations of the continent. Would you say that bypassing these issues could be a solution to paint a different picture?

Not bypass it, but understand the way you would if they were British. I mean, when you read a novel like A Line of Beauty for example, which is a wonderful novel set in 1980s England, it’s not immaterial that it’s the 1980s or that it’s England, it’s just that it’s not the only thing that we talk about. We look at the sexuality of the characters, we look at the neurosis, the nuances, the hopes the dreams the flaws, and in addition to the nationality, in addition to the class, but the geography doesn’t become the novel itself.

It seems that by focusing on this element perhaps a bit less than the literary community would expect you to do, in a novel of this kind, you’re saying just look at these people, and the fact that they are African, which as a role is something that not only we put on people from the african continent but that on the other hand they have only been too ready to put on themselves, I feel like your writing goes beyond that in a way, which doesn’t amount to saying that is solves the issue.

Well yes this whole discourse, I find it…some writers get really pissed off about it, but I don’t. I’m giving a speech in Berlin in September and it’s called ‘African Literature Doesn’t Exist’, and people get pissed off when I say this but it doesn’t, and literature is probably the one space where we can ask a bit more of ourselves, I mean the whole project is looking at human beings and story telling and I think, maybe because I love it so much, that there’s almost something sacred about it. We should know better, we should know better than to talk about an African book. What makes it an African book? Because it’s set in an African country, what does that mean? A book, a detective novel set in Botswana, I just don’t expect it to have anything in common with a family epic set in Ethiopia, which I don’t expect it to have that much in common with a slim, sort of existentialist meditation set in Cairo. But all of these things are on the African continent. But it’s just so empty, there’s not enought there for me, to tack that word onto something as thereful as literature. But people do.

The speech Selasi mentions was delivered in opening of the 2013 International Literature Festival in Berlin and can be read by following this link:

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