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by Doug Dorst
S. by Doug Dorst


Dark Windows
by Louis Greenberg
Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg


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For some reason it has always been easier for me to support local cinema than local authors. It probably has something to do with the amount of time it takes to watch a movie versus reading a book. While I was at university I read authors like J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer, but after that it was like I didn’t give South African authors the time of day. That’s going to change now. Over the past year I’ve managed to read a handful of titles, but going forward I’ll definitely be making more of a concerted effort to support local authors.

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This is the pile of books that is currently next to my bed, waiting to be read. Some of these have been on the shelf for ages, like The Spiral House which I’ve tried to get into a few times now. Then there are others, like The Sea of Wise Insects, Year of the Gherkin and Devil’s Peak that have just lived on the shelf without me having any real plans to read them. This, of course has since changed.

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S.L. Grey is the collaborative pen name of Sarah Lotz (The Threeand Louis Greenberg (Dark Windows). They’ve written a few books together already, but I’ll start with these two that were lent to me recently.

If you’re interested in finding local books to suit your taste, you’re in luck that is post coincides with the annual Exclusive Books Homebru promotion. This year there are 48 titles on the list, so you’re bound to find something you’ll like!

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Last week ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic released his latest album, Mandatory Fun. Each day he released a new video to keep the internet abuzz, with more still to come. Most of the songs are parodies of recent populars: Pharrell Williams’ Happy is Tacky, Iggy Azalea’s Fancy is Handy and Lorde’s Royals is Foil.  The one that I can’t stop listening to on repeat is the parody of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. It’s educational, catchy and essentially down-right brilliant.

Personally, I’m pretty ecstatic that he didn’t mention grammar nazi anywhere. I know it’s a popular term, but seriously, what about a grammar pedant or word policeman now that we’ve established so many word crimes.

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cherry pie/earl grey lavender cake/pecan pie french toast/orange pull-apart bread/cheesecake face

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Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe. There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world. The message is a warning.  

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Karen Kilgariff has been the head writer for various comedy shows, currently she’s working on The Pete Holmes Show. Something I think she should be a household name for is writing hilarious songs like this one called I Want to Win/The Tina Fey Song:

This is not just the song of the day, it’s song of the week.

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