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.