All posts tagged Hagen Engler

We need better ears…

In my work as a writer, I do a fair bit of transcribing interviews. I do it manually, playing and rewinding like it’s the 90s. What I have found, when listening back and transcribing an interview, is the fascinating phenomenon of being able to really listen to the conversation again. […]

The New Frank Talk

By Hagen Engler It might not seem that way, but South Africans are closer to understanding each other than we’ve ever been. Of course we abuse, hate and exploit each other too. But it was ever thus. Only now are we honest about it. SA Twitter, once a cosy clubhouse […]

Sound And The City

  The generations of migrants who came from across Africa to seek their fortune in Johannesburg, the City Of Gold, also brought musical gifts that have been synthesised, alloyed and polished, forging a unique culture of sound that has done much to shape the city itself. By Hagen Engler [This […]

Books that built me

  Hagen Engler, author of In The Maid’s Room, lists some of his most bizarre influences. [This piece appeared in the Sunday Times.] I’m most satisfied with my writing when I’m a bit nervous about it. When I’m not sure how it will be received. It might be an experiment […]

In The Maid’s Room – Hagen Engler

How to be white when you’re no longer centre of attention? When you no longer even matter? How to be white when everyone’s patience runs out? These existential questions are addressed in Hagen Engler’s third novel, the satirical farce In The Maid’s Room. Other crucial learnings are how to buy […]

Places to go, minds to blow…

I put some mags on their table and just leave. I make like I’m only stopping by to drop off mags. I’ve got somewhere else to go. Still gotta swing by Angelo’s and Havanas and the Keg & Fox and the Hanging Judge, and 52, and Times Café, and um, […]

Low Pay Is Killing Journalism!

This is a statement by Safrea, the Southern African Freelancers’ Association Safrea, the Southern African Freelancers’ Association, has slammed the collapse in freelance editorial rates in South Africa as “threatening to kill journalism”. “The rates being paid for editorial journalism in this country are not enough to sustain a career […]