The Great Gatsby Curve A lesson for South Africa

The Aristocracy Is Dead … For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up residence at one of my grandparents’ country clubs in Chicago, Palm Beach, or Asheville, North Carolina….

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer…

Elena Ferrante: ‘A woman friend is as rare as a true love’

I’ve occasionally been told by women I know that I’m a good friend. I’m pleased, and don’t dare say that, in general, I tend not to put next to the word “friend” adjectives that refer to a hierarchy of feelings or reliability. They seem pointless to me. I would never say, for example, “she’s my…

El lirio de los valles

There is a flower that grows in the darkness, Lirio De los valles. It actually does better in the shade. It blooms despite the darkness. You remind me  of that flower. So many reasons it shouldn’t exist . A flower that is not supposed to survive and yet, here you are  blooming in the dark…

Belonging!

Elif Shafak suggests that instead of identifying solely with one city or culture, we allow ourselves to embrace the many places that bring out the best in us. Illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi As a writer, whichever way I travel, East or West, I treasure meeting with readers of all backgrounds. I am used to being…

Gats!

The Great Gatsby, the movie is out so, true to form, one embarks of the usual ritual: read the book, and watching everything else one finds on Netflix as well as, every movie ever made. The Great Gatsby is really the story of the American dream and the story of reinvention with an all too…

What is it to be successful ?studying for my CFA exams!

By GREGORY ZUCKERMAN, SERENA NG and LESLIE SCISM April 9, 2017 2:54 p.m. ET 36 COMMENTS Charles Murphy used to walk home through New York City’s Central Park to his 19-room townhouse for dinner with his family. Last year, he began voicing worries about money to his boss, hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson, who often joined him along…

Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala

A Women Of Substance – inspired by  Barbara Taylor Bradford You can’t teach drive and ambition . Grit is something that you  are born with but it’s something that you can train yourself . You cant have everything  you have to compromise a lot. To be a successful woman , successfully fulfilled even in your…

Civilised

Civilised Before I met you I was a civilised woman. Civilised. I don’t even know what the means. Food shelter, sex once those needs are covered we can pretend we are in control. But the lies we build and the personas we conjure up for ourselves keep us human. Really we are all just animals….