Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 in Lists

It’s the last day of the year, so it’s time for looking back with one huge post with a lot of lists. This year, the format is different, but you’ll manage. First up: books. This year, I started in 31 books, and finished 28 of them. I stole the idea of keeping track of when… Read more »

First Lines: 11.22.63

The classic time-traveler’s dilemma: if you could go back in time and, say, kill Hitler before he could make his rise to power, and so prevent World War II and the holocaust—would you do it, not knowing what this act may change? In Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Jake Epping doesn’t get the chance to go back… Read more »

First Lines: The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The monomyth or hero’s journey is the pattern that underlies most, if not all, myths, folk and/or fairy tales that have been told since the dawn of mankind, and was first described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. It goes a little bit like this: a hero ventures forth from the… Read more »

The Miracle on the Third Day of Christmas

Twas the night of the monday before christmas, and I was making my way home from Amsterdam, where I saw a quite awesome performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummernight’s Dream by Het Nationaal Toneel. Unfortunately for me, the train—a so-called Sprinter, which is ironically the slowest kind of train we got in The Netherlands—was invaded by… Read more »

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