Yearly Archives: 2009

Last Post of the Decade

2009 is almost done, so here is my annual best of list. (see also: 2003, ’04, ’05, ’06 and ’07, ’08) I won’t bore you all with a best of the past decade list, but there will be some website statistics later on. Watch your fingers, and I’ll see you on the other side. Music… Read more »

First Lines: Looking for Alaska

Miles “Pudge” Halter, the protagonist in John Green’s Looking for Alaska, is a nerdy guy with a geeky streak: he has a thing for famous last words. In order to seek “The Great Perhaps” (last words of French poet François Rabelais) he heads off to a boarding school miles from home. There, for the first… Read more »

Making a List, Checking It Twice

Last year, I made a to-do list for 2009. Let’s see how that went. Write more and better stuff. Check. Last year I wrote 115 posts, this year 197. So far. And if you ask me, there are a couple very good ones buried between the crappy ones. Perfect my crème brûlée making skills. Check…. Read more »

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First Lines: Under the Dome

Stephen King’s modus operandi should be familiar: he puts normal people in abnormal situations and sees how they cope when trouble comes their way. Under the Dome follows this script to to the letter: a small town gets cut off from the rest of the world by an mysterious, invisible and unbreakable force field, and,… Read more »

Meer kerstluisterplezier

Een paar weken geleden kreeg ik de vraag of ik van een LP op CD kon zetten. Dus dan zeg ik ja. Want dat kan ik. En pas daarna vraag ik om welke LP het ging. Het bleek dus om een hele toffe kerst-LP uit 1975 te gaan: Gouden Kerstpotpourri. Met knetterende kersthits van Vader… Read more »