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Thursday, October 12, 2017


(Tom Dennen)

Story courtesy of The Idler, The Mercury, dated Wednesday October 4, 2017

“Tom Dennen, who died last week was one of Durban’s eccentric fringe characters who seemed to be perpetually pursuing one or other often obscure cause. Tom was an Irish-American who fell in love with Durban and at the same time others were scrambling for foreign passports, took out South African citizenship.

When I first met him, he was editing the Durban Arts magazine plus running a public relations operation. He was a lot of fun, an ubiquitous figure.

Then his interests – mainly criticism of the boom/bust world economic system – seemed to take him off the radar. I hadn’t actually seen him in years, though I did get emails. One, fairly recent, quoted Lynn Lavner: “There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz 380SL.”

That was Tom. It seems he was also writing a book which would be a critique of the International Economic System and the way South Africa could escape its consequences. I wonder how far he’d got? – The Idler