A century ago there were many pocket-sized magazines specialising in short stories, essays and poetry. The advent of the “wireless” and, finally, television, put paid to them – much to the frustration of thousands of talented writers.
But they’re coming back thanks to handy-sized tablets such as Kindle and iPad.
A reader tells me of a proposed US congressional act – The Persons With No Abilities Act of 2013 – that he thinks South Africa should adopt holus-bolus.
He might be kidding, of course, but I instantly liked the idea. Yet, when I considered it more deeply, I realised all that the Americans propose doing is to formalise a policy South Africa has tacitly pursued for years.
The main difference between what is published in newspapers and what is published on the internet is that generally the internet is often believable, but untrue, whereas what’s in the newspapers is often unbelievable but, sadly, true.
For example: the internet has spread a story that a Bloemfontein hospital’s intensive care unit found that patients in a particular bed always died on Sunday mornings.