Beating the Generation – What Allen Ginsburg has in common with Kendrick Lamar

  “Beat” in the name “beat generation” and “beat poetry” arises from the colloquial usage of the word in post-WWII America. To be ‘beat’ is to be tired, exhausted and ‘finished with it’ and this encompasses one half of the movement itself. Beat Poetry is a counter-culture movement that tries to shine a light on […]

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Romeo and Juliet wasn’t really written as a romance, and here’s why

  William Shakespeare’s famed and celebrated opus Romeo and Juliet, an amalgam of many works of poetry or prose from Italy, with a lineage that dates all the way towards Ovid’s Metamorphoseon, is considered one of the English language’s greatest and most influential texts. Pondered over and studied for nearly half a millennium, the play […]

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Soweto’s Secret War Zone

The third largest hospital on the planet lies nestled in the suburbs of Soweto and quietly continues to provide service to the over-million people who live there, sometimes people from places as far as Klerksdorp, and it seems to slip into the shadows of the public’s awareness. Obscured as it is by the conjoined smoke of all of Soweto’s nightly braziers, Chris Hani–Baragwanath Hospital stands as […]

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