Confession: I come from a family of hoarders. My parents don’t throw anything away – not even my Grade 3 project on weeds. About 2 years ago, it dawned on me that I had inherited my parents’ ways. While my home did not look like an episode of Hoarders, I was afflicted by something far more innocuous– too much clothing and accessories. Here’s how I got my wardrobe down to 102 items. (more…)
Christmas movies on repeat are one of my favourite things about the festive season. I love them all, from Disney classics to corny Hallmark movies that play on SABC 3. Here’s a list of my ten favourite Christmas movies.
Christmas is celebrated across the world by some 2.1 billion Christians Jesus’s name day. But when you take a closer look at its traditions, you’ll find that Christmas traditions have less to do with the religion more to do with cultural exchange. Here are four questions you may have about the history Christmas traditions:
1. Why is Christmas on 25 December?
No one knows why we celebrate Christmas on 25 December. There is no precise date given in the Bible and early Christians – making the origins of the date murky. The most popular theory posits that Christmas is on the 25th because it coincides with the winter solstice which was celebrated throughout the Roman Empire. This argument makes sense – Christmas traditions borrows heavily from pagan traditions. Another theory holds that 25 December was selected because it’s nine months after Jesus’s conception. But both these theories lack written historical evidence – we just don’t know for sure why the Church selected 25 December.
Arrival is a smart movie. Then again, in a world dominated by Marvel and D.C, any alien movie without hyperbolic action scenes can come off as unusually cerebral. Arrival follows Amy Adams’ Dr Louise Banks, a professor of Linguistics who is tasked with communicating with Earth’s newly arrived foreign guests.
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Moana is magic. This gem of a film gives us the 21st-century princess we deserve, using the backdrop of the Pacific Islands to bring us a story of a young girl who is doing her best to stay true to herself and her people. Moana is the young daughter of a chief who has an inexplicable call to the ocean, despite her father’s clear instructions to never, ever, go beyond the reef. Yes, we’ve heard stories like this before, but never quite like this.
Who Killed Biko?
Three words. One powerful, layered statement which conjures up a collective pain and an unresolved history. Pigments – a word that may bring to mind splashes of colour and joy and the creative process. This is the contrast that shapes of the context of Siki Msuseni, one of South Africa’s up and coming designers (although she bawks at the term). Siki is making waves on Instagram with her politically conscious tote bags about fallen heroes who were killed in the quest to dismantle apartheid through her vibrant company, Pigments Studio.
Rating: 6 ¾ wands
When I heard that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was being adapted to film, I had a lot of feelings about it. Released in 2001 to benefit the charity Comic Relief , you weren’t a Potterhead without your own copy. (Unfortunately, the original “textbook” is no longer in print in South Africa, so you will have to settle for the screenplay instead). Having watched the film adaptation, I still have a lot of feelings about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here are the fantastic (and beastly) things about Fantastic Beasts (don’t worry – its spoiler free).
Read this if: You love a good love story
High school. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. We’ve heard it all before. But never quite like this. I finished All the Bright Places in one sitting, and twenty-four hours later I am still reeling. Every once in a while, you read a book that mirrors that dark place of your soul, and finds a place in your heart forever. Jennifer Niven’s eighth book and first young adult novel has done that for me.
Read this if: You’re in the mood to be inspired
The Pavement Bookworm is an important book. Not because it offers a unique style or narrative (it doesn’t) but because of what it represents – hope. Philani Dlada first came to our attention on social media around two years ago – he was the gentleman who sold books and book reviews on Empire Road and later Gleneagles Road. In his debut, an autobiography, he tells the story of his life – one filled with drugs, homelessness and ultimately finding redemption through his love of books.
Don’t help. Don’t fight.
Stand there staring.
Don’t help. Don’t fight.
Hear flesh tearing.
Covered in red.
He is dead.