Literature Archive

Nineties to now: Q & A with Knucklehead author Adam Smyer

Knuckles-to-head aptly describes the impact of Adam Smyer’s debut novel Knucklehead (reviewed on The Critter here). It is an unflinching take down of the bullshit that America expects its citizens, particularly black citizens, to swallow. And America’s cultural dominance means what Smyer has to say through the novel’s protagonist Marcus Hayes, is pertinent across much

Knucklehead: This is America

If you have any trouble understanding Childish Gambino’s music video of his scathing, irony-laden hip-hop track This is America, you should read Adam Smyer’s Knucklehead. And if you’re one of the over 270 million people who have watched it and said “Aha!”, then Smyer is one of a number of American writers who can provide deeper

The Fall of the ANC at Open Book: More blood will flow

The intellectual boxing match between Prince Mashele and Charles Nqakula at the Open Book festival’s Fugard Theater main stage yesterday evening provided fascinating insight into the battered politician syndrome. Radio talk show host and author in her own right, Redi was the referee, although she was biased to Prince, her reason not having been bought

Open Book: Imagine a city

Ironically, post-apartheid government policy has reinforced the spatial inequalities in our cities that apartheid shed so much blood to create. This is despite the “massive redistributive investment” to alleviate poverty since 1994, says Prof Edgar Pieterse, who is the director for the African Centre for Cities, a UCT-based research and teaching programme which has an