The Nononsense Press has just republished Sylvester Stein’s third novel written in the early ’60s and called What the World Owes Me by Mary Bowes. It has been republished in the Nononsense Press’ exciting new format printed on A4 paper and staple-bound so it is easy to read in bed, in the bath and on a bus.
This is the story of The Swenkas, a small group of working Zulu men in post-apartheid South Africa. Men who every Saturday night leave their grimy overalls behind and wear their best Carducci or Pierre Cardin suits to impress the weekly-selected judge. These men are called the Swenkas, and they have organised this fashion show for so many years that no one remembers exactly when – or even why – it all began.
I watched ‘Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?‘ on Channel 4 last night, and had a couple of observations.
As far as I’m aware, correct me if I’m wrong, the greatest genetic differences between people exist on the continent of Africa. Meaning two so called ‘black’ Africans can be as different, genetically, as the difference between an Australian Aborigine and the whitest German. Which kind of beg the questions, ‘what is race,’ and ‘is skin colour and facial features a significant enough determinant of the differences between human beings?’