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Kort bydraes is van die begin af die bloudruk van SKROP. Pittige resensies, onderhoude, essays en aanhalings wat die leser in ʼn paar rustige asemteue kan inneem: kortformaat-insigte wat kuns, kos, vermaak en selfs groot kwessies kan raakpik. Kort & kragtig bly ons credo.

Vir lesers met ʼn langer asem (en meer tyd) verskyn daar van vandag af ook langer bydraes. In samewerking met Johan Jack Smith, redakteur van Taalgenoot, die kwartaalblad van die Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV), het SKROP ʼn splinterrnuwe blad ontwikkel: Voorstoep.

Hierop verskyn twee uitgebreide, in-diepte artikels sy aan sy. Die eerste twee “langlees”-stories, wat vantevore in Taalgenoot gepubliseer is, handel oor skrywers, boeke en uitgewers. Toekomstige bydraes sal op diverse relevante onderwerpe fokus.

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Die muis wat gebrul het …

Uit piepklein oorspronge kan groot dinge kom. Vir een kreatiewe denker het alles begin by ʼn knaagdier.

The result was a mouse. Disney said that in Kansas City a mouse had lived in or on his desk and he had become fond of it and recognized it for its possibilities for affectionate animation. Disney said he sometimes caught mice in his wastepaper basket, where they fed on bits of candy wrappers, and that he put them in a cage on his desk so he could study their movements. He became especially fond of one specimen, and when he left Kansas City for Hollywood he carried this mouse into a field and released him. He had called the mouse Mortimer, so when he decided to feature a mouse series, he chose the name Mortimer Mouse. But his wife, Lilly (he had just married on the strength of profits from Alice) objected: “Too sissy.” That was when Disney picked Mickey. The essence of Mickey Mouse was that he inspired affection, just as the mouse on Disney’s desk ‘had won my stony heart’, as he put it. Picasso had, in effect, turned the bodies and faces of his women and models into caricatures, cubist cartoon characters, animated (often enough) by contempt and even hatred. But Disney produced a mouse animated by admiration of its antics, and even by love. It is significant that Mickey Mouse, in the year of its greatest popularity, 1933, received over 800,000 fan letters, the largest ever recorded in show business, at any time in any century. The next largest figure was the 730,000 letters Shirley Temple received in 1936.)

Picasso and Walt Disney: Room for Nature in a Modern World? by Paul Johnson, from Creators, from Chaucer to Walt Disney, Phoenix, 2006

Lees nog boeiende aanhalings uit niefiksie hier …

Op die vlakte is die boere almal goed vir mekaar. As jou fiets ʼn pap band langs die pad kry of die weiding op jou plaas vlamvat, kan jy verseker wees van hulp. Nou die Sondagoggend, toe ek en Wederhelf gaan fietsry, tref my padfiets ʼn slaggat deur die dorp. Ek kry nie eens kans om die regering uit te skel oor die toestand van die paaie op die platteland nie, toe die boer met sy Toyota-bakkie langs ons aftrek. “Het julle moeilikheid?” vra hy. “Ek is op pad om te gaan stroop, maar die stroper is nog klam; ek vat julle gou huis toe.”

Vuur slaan op ʼn plaas snoer boere saam deur Petro Hansen, uit die bundel Vervleg, Protea, 2019

One thing we are learning as robots join us on this planet is just as there are situations in which it’s easier for people to bond with an animal than with another person (hence the value of pet therapy), there are also situations in which some people feel more comfortable bonding with an artificially intelligent companion than with a human one. It is not uncommon to feel gratitude or warmth toward a person or thing that helped you through a difficult situation. U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan who were issued an IED-finding robot grew very attached to the machines, naming them, awarding them medals and becoming distraught when they were damaged beyond repair in combat. It could be that a tool that comforts people through the upheavals of aging may elicit a similar response.

The Robot Will Help You Now by Corinne Purtill, Time, November 4, 2019

Lees nog aanhalings

Boeke

Deborah Steinmair oor Etienne van Heerden se jongste deurstopper; Schalk Schoombie deel sy Top 10 Engelse boeke van 2019

Voorstoep

Marlene Malan skryf oor die impak van Taurus Uitgewers; Johanna van Eeden skryf oor waarom skywers skuilname gebruik

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In die begin

Openingsparagrawe

Vermaak

Paul Boekkooi resenseer die fliek Cut-Out Girls; Leon van Nierop kies sy beste reekse van 2019; Schalk Schoombie resenseer die fliek El Camino en kies sy 10 bestes van 2019

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Encore

Paul Boekkooi resenseer drie nuwe strykkwartette; Mariana Malan resenseer Aunty Merle It’s a Girl en Figure of 8 Dance Collective; Kobus Burger, Mariana Malan en Diane de Beer kies hul 10 beste produksies van 2019

Kuns

Johan Myburg skryf oor drie kunstenaars se uitbeelding van wit leuens en lastige waarhede

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Kos

Kobus Burger eet by Bun’s Out, Linden, Johannesburg

Kortstories

Kortstorie: Leonardo se spieël deur André Jansen; Die wenners van SKROP se Tweede Kortstoriewedstryd

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