Rob Boffard

One hell of a Journey

You’ll have to excuse me if I’m a little out of it. I’ve just had my brain scrambled. I’ve just finished a videogame called Journey, which is a downloadable game on the PlayStation network. Journey is as simple as Tetris. Simpler, in fact, because while Tetris was a basic concept, it required far more mental…

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Self-publish and be damned? Yeah, right

There have been a lot of comment pieces in the past couple of months about why self-publishing your own novel is a very bad thing. They’ve appeared in newspapers and on the kind of websites where the authors have their own photos and full biographies at the end of each article they write. Almost without…

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No politics as usual

Here’s a question for you. When was the last time you heard a political hip-hop track done by a South African artist? I can’t speak for other genres here — try as I might, I cannot bring myself to listen to the entire ouevre of Locnville — but when it comes to hip-hop, I can…

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Should arts writers be entitled to freebies?

By Rob Boffard It’s a pretty fundamental part of journalism not to accept gifts. The second you take that bottle of whiskey from the spokesperson, accept the invitation to that swanky junket in Thailand or even do something as innocuous as let a PR person buy you a drink after an interview, you’re done. You’re…

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