The In Thing

Posted in backstory, business
The In Thing

One of my business decisions back in January was to write more often about, well, business. When Balanced Life magazine (which goes out to Foschini account holders in South Africa) asked me to write about introverts and extroverts in the workplace for their careers section, I found it to be a hotter topic than I […]

Freedom Day

I wrote this piece, “Segregation still the rule in schools,” about 10 years of democracy in South Africa 10 years ago, in 2004, back when I still had a day job as an editor, but was furiously freelancing in the evenings and weekends. I was traveling to South Africa for a visit and a wedding, and […]

Writing coach

Posted in journalism, writing

https://www.rebeccalweber.com/coach/ As an experienced writing teacher, I demystify the processes of identifying goals, researching markets and editors, writing salable queries, reporting stories, and editing your own work. Depending on your needs, I might serve as a sounding board, give constructive edits as a first reader on a draft, or advise on how to develop your […]

Braai baby braai

Braai baby braai

With no fewer than five public holidays over the next three weeks (yep, that is one entire work week), South Africans are sure to be getting their braai (barbecue) on in a big way. It’s a distinctly local culinary tradition, and unique that it cuts across race and income groups. At my first braai invitation […]

Zakes Mda

For quite a few years, more people found my website searching for “Zakes Mda” than for any other term; this interview with him, originally published on the now-defunct Africana.com, has been cited in a number of scholarly works about Mda. I first picked up Zakes Mda’s novel She Plays With Darkness at the Grahamstown Arts […]

Rituals

Posted in creativity, writing
Rituals

Via InfoWeTrust.com I’ve been reading Mason Currey’s new book, Daily Rituals, with an odd sort of interest. It’s not dissimilar to the questions writers get about what tool they use to write. (I still favor the Pilot Razor Point pens from the 1980s.) The take-away is that the details of your schedule’s rituals and routines […]

New world headquarters

Posted in backstory, writing
New world headquarters

Nobody else photographs writers and their workspaces like Jill Krementz, although I also like the Guardian series and Pinterest collections. The view here at this rental is stunning, though weather permitting I prefer to get outside into the green rather than look at it through the glass. And if I’m writing longhand, I’m more likely […]

The Raitt Stuff

The Raitt Stuff

Perhaps my biggest-name interview is Bonnie Raitt. (Though amongst us English major types, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is right up there.) Hers was a hard interview to secure, but once we began, she turned out to be one of the easiest and most gracious (can I just say “best”?) interviewees I’ve ever spoken with. I […]

It’s a sign

Posted in Cape Town, design
It’s a sign

Hand-lettered signs were once ubiquitous in Cape Town, but are rapidly being replaced by printed plastic-y signs. Here are a few from Brooklyn, Cape Town.  

Hot designs out of Africa

Hot designs out of Africa

Design Indaba always means discovery. A bunch of creative people from every imaginable field descend on Cape Town. For three days, they present talks about their projects, philosophy, and process; then local designers show their wares at an expo. As I have for several years, I covered the 2014 Indaba for Dwell’s website, first with […]

Oscar time

Oscar time

To say that I originally underestimated the reach of the Oscar Pistorius story would be a massive understatement. I heard the early reports on talk radio, and though I knew who he was, I didn’t realize how famous he was throughout the world.

Mandela, from Parliament and Prison

Mandela, from Parliament and Prison

Reporting and filing two complete stories in one day is not the schedule I normally run on, but talking to people about the person who helped them clarify their purpose and vision is powerful stuff. I started out the morning visiting one of the prisons where Mandela was held–one that is still maximum security–for this […]

Bookerish

Posted in Uncategorized

One of my very favorite things is interviewing writers and other artists about their creative process. I recently sat down with NoViolet Bulawayo to talk about her debut novel, We Need New Names, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize, for a feature for The National.