Monthly Archives: September 2015

First Lines: Ik zal kijken wat ik voor je kan doen …

After having worked at the Dutch radio station 3FM for the past 17 years, DJ Gerard Ekdom recently moved to Radio 2. His 2008 autobiography ‘Ik zal kijken wat ik voor je kan doen …’ (subtitled “The life of a 3FM DJ”) documents how he realized his burning ambition to become a DJ. At my… Read more »

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First Lines: The Last Unicorn

The last unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and it lived all alone. Because all other unicorns had disappeared. At least, no one had seen them for a long time. She went out to find them, and, aided by Schmendrick the Magician (who happens to be the world’s most incompetent magician) and Molly Grue, adventures… Read more »

First Lines: To Kill a Mockingbird

After reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I cannot disagree with its status as a Important Novel One Should Read™. The story of how lawyer Atticus Finch tries to help a black man in America’s south in the 1930’s, as seen through the eyes of his six year old daughter is just that… Read more »

First Lines: Finders Keepers

Although Stephen King’s Finders Keepers is the second part in what has to become the Bill Hodges trilogy, it takes its sweet time to pick up the threads Mr. Mercedes left dangling. The story starts some thirty years before those events, with three guys robbing a reclusive writer of the contents of his safe (and… Read more »

First Lines: About a Boy

It’s been a while since I last saw the moviefication of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, but I recall liking it. Being a sucker for coming-of-age stories featuring odd-job characters, having Hugh Grant hugh-granting his way through such a thing is a delight. The movie culminates is a cringe-worthy scene where Marcus (the titular boy)… Read more »

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