Posts Categorized: Life

First Lines: Funny Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror

Where Alex Shvartsman’s Unidentified Funny Objects collections (mostly) contain all new funny fiction, his series of Funny Fantasy / Science Fiction / Horror anthologies contain reprints of humorous genre fiction. Now, of course, the boundaries between these genres is vague at best. And with the recurrence of several authors across all three volumes, read in… Read more »

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Seen Live: Daniël Lohues, “Vlier”

On account of me and The Missus taking my mother-in-law along, this year we journeyed West, to The Hague, to see Daniël Lohues perform a show in support of his latest album Vlier. Compared to shows I saw in the more eastern parts of The Netherlands, two things are worth mentioning: first, most of the… Read more »

First Lines: Het verdriet van België

Hugo Claus’s semi-autobiographical Het verdriet van België (The Sorrow of Belgium) is Belgium’s Big and Important Book about World War II. It covers a lot of themes — growing up, family, Flemish small-town life, collaboration — as seen through the eyes of an impressionable child. I found it a bit of a slog. Mostly, I… Read more »

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First Lines: Zilvertand / Weerwolvenbos

Last year, I read two of Paul van Loon’s Dolfje Weerwolfje books. As the others have since returned from a loan, I read those as well. Not to sound too much like an old man, but I guess I was too old for them. The first two were loads of fun, as I never read… Read more »

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30 Day Song Challenge #14

Day 14: a song you’d love to be played at your wedding. Claudia de Breij — Mag ik dan bij jou There’s a thin line between being emotionally invested in what you’re singing, and drenching it in pathos. Covers of Claudia de Breij’s “Mag ik dan bij jou” almost always cross that line. Which, is… Read more »