4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008
Mail & Guardian.
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While I haven’t really examined this statistically, your blog is full of obits. I’ve casually counted at least 12. I wonder if ‘Groundwork’ really has some sort of burial connotation where you – metaphorically or not – lay to rest the leading lights and dignitaries of our time? It’s like some sort of sinister countdown.
Interesting. It never struck me in that regard, no. The blog title, as you may have suspected, is just good old ‘Grundrisse’ – the sense of prepatory work. It’s also the working title for my still very embryonic second volume. What did strike me about the obits though is indeed a sinister sense in the dying off of icons who meant something in our youth, which serves as a reminder of my ageing and mortality. And I remember a similar kind of dumbfoundedness (or dumbfounded nostalgia?) in my parents in their forties, when their icons were dying off. Death comes closer, I guess.