Wat is die wêreld sonder boeke? Dit is die spil waarom die samelewing draai, die grondslag vir vooruitgang, demokrasie en beskawing. Brandstapels is die antitese en ondergang van vrye denke en ʼn leeskultuur. Dis hoekom boeke vir SKROP so belangrik is.

Dis hoekom ons so verheug en opgewonde is om ons nuwe boekredakteur bekend te stel. Riana Wilkens is ʼn aktrise en skrywer wat nie genoeg kan kry van lees nie. Sy neem oor by Deborah Steinmair, skrywer en tans uitgewer by Protea Boekhuis wat ons verlaat weens haar groeiende werklas.

Riana Wilkens word groot in Krugersdorp. Ná matriek studeer sy BA Tale en Kunsgeskiedenis aan die destydse RAU, skop ná ʼn jaar op en gaan Pretoria Universiteit toe om drama te studeer, waar sy  ʼn BA(Drama) Honneurs-graad behaal. Sy kry ʼn aanstelling  by die destydse Transvaalse Raad vir Uitvoerende Kunste (Truk) en word later vryskut-aktrise.

Om den brode begin Riana vir die Oorklankingsdepartement vertaal. Sy bied ook die kunsteprogram Kunskaleidoskoop aan, en toe die Engelse en Afrikaanse kunsteprogramme saamsmelt, word sy aanbieder van die nuwe program, Collage. Sy wen ʼn  Artes vir haar oorklankingsregie van die malle Franse komedie, La Grande Vadrouille. Toe oorklanking begin afskaal, word sy teksskrywer en storielyner by Egoli, Plek van Goud en skryf ook later vir Binneland, Sewende Laan, Erfsondes en ander programme “wat ongelukkig nooit die lig gesien het nie”. Riana is ook die mede-skepper en hoofskrywer van die Keniaanse sepie, Kona.

In 2015 speel sy ʼn jaar lank ʼn karakter op Villa Rosa en van toe af is sy weer eens ʼn vryskut-aktrise en skrywer. Lees haar eerste bydrae op die Boekeblad.

Welkom aan boord, Riana!


Wat wag aan die ander kant?

Nabydoodervarings (NDE’s) is universeel en word selfs gevind in antieke geskrifte. Is dit die brein se laaste stuiptrekkings, of is daar waarlik iets meer?

When Gregg Nome was 24 years old, he slipped into the churn beneath a waterfall and began to drown, his body pummelled against the sandy riverbed. What he saw there surprised him. Suddenly, his vision filled with crystal-clear scenes from his childhood, events he had mostly forgotten, and then moments from early adulthood. The memories, if that’s what they were, were vivid and crisp. Was he reliving them? Not quite. They came at high speed, almost all at once, in a wave. And yet he could process each one individually. In fact, he was able to perceive everything around him: the rush of the water, the sandy bed, all of it brilliantly distinct. He could “hear and see as never before,” he recalled later. And, despite being trapped underwater, he felt calm and at ease. He remembered thinking that prior to this moment his senses must have been dulled somehow, because only now could he fully understand the world, perhaps even the true meaning of the universe. Eventually, the imagery faded. Next, “There was only darkness,” he said, “and a feeling of a short pause, like something was about to happen.”

What do near-death experiences mean, and why do they fascinate us? by Alex Moshakis, theguardian.com, March 7, 2021

Greyson presents his research in a new book, After, which is bound by a series of case studies. The accounts are mystical, like those we know from TV and books, but there are common themes. After a bad reaction to anaesthesia, one patient recalled: “I found myself in a meadow, mind cleared, identity intact.” The meadow, she went on, was “lit with this glorious, radiant light, like no light we’ve ever seen,” and “a gentle, inner glow shone from each and every plant.” Most episodes involve similar feelings of wonder, mental clarity and bliss, Greyson says. Some people recall out-of-body experiences, or report travelling through a long tunnel; others meet entities they think of as God or Allah or long-dead family members; some feel time bend and warp, as though it were elastic. Once, a policeman who almost died during surgery asked Greyson: “How do you describe a state of timelessness, where there’s nothing progressing from one point to another, where it’s just all there, and you’re totally immersed in it?” Another person recalled: “The energy of my spirit seemed to flow like a great whale gliding through a sea of silent euphoria.”

What do near-death experiences mean, and why do they fascinate us? by Alex Moshakis, theguardian.com, March 7, 2021

After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond, by Bruce Greyson, is out on 11 March (£16.99). Buy it for £14.78 at guardianbookshop.com

 Lees die artikel hier

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The drum slowed and Shuggie crashed into an upside-down heap. A thick arm grabbed one of the metal bars and stopped the centrifuge. A siren wail rose in Shuggie as the pain shot down through his crown, his split knee, and his bruised shins. From behind his waterfall of tears he could see a large hand come down on Johnny’s head, the boy ducking for cover to protect his face. The attacker was too tall for Shuggie to see a face, just the angry lashings of a tattooed arm, slapping the boy’s bare neck and shoulders.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, Picador, 2020, Winner of the 2020 Booker Prize

People didn’t like you to ask too many questions, and turned awkwardly away if you persisted … What had actually happened on the night of the riot? Everywhere I went, I seemed to run into a brick wall. When I spoke to old friends their eyes became blank. If I went on asking questions, they became sullen … City Councillors told me they had been ‘sworn to secrecy’. The Mayor, asked if the official figures were correct, blanked his eyes (he was an honest man) and replied slowly: ‘I don’t know.’ The police themselves, though otherwise amiable, were obviously under strict instructions to say nothing. The superintendent of the hospital where some of the African casualties had been treated, supported the police figure – but firmly declined to produce his case records. Even the reporters on my old paper were not talking.

British journalist Alexander Campbell writing in 1954 of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre

Bloody Sunday, The Nun, the Defiance Campaign and South Africa’s secret massacre by Mignonne Breier, Tafelberg, 2021

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Riana Wilkens wonder: Lees ons nog poësie? ; Schalk Schoombie resenseer Piranesi deur Susanna Clarke, en deel sy 50 groot erfboeke vir die volgende generasie


Schalk Schoombie gesels met Hertzogpryswenner en digter Johan MyburgMercy Kannemeyer skryf oor Generasie Angstig: Millenniërs

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Schalk Schoombie resenseer die fliek The Father en die reeks Pretend It’s a City; Kobus Burger resenseer die kunsfliek The Present en die dokkie Betty White: First Lady of Television;; Die 10 beste road trip flieks

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Paul Boekkooi resenseer Franco Prinsloo se Kruis van Liefde –ʼn Paasoratorium, en Kamermusiekkonsert met Danré Strydom


Johan Myburg skryf oor Willem Boshoff se uitstalling The Blind Alphabet – Letter B: Babery to Bigeminate

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Kobus Burger bestel kerrie en samoesas by Curry Up en lekkernye by The Little Deli, Linden; Resepte: Biltongbederf, Geurige, gevulde avokado’s


Die spyker deur Kobus Burger

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