Posts Categorized: Life

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 »

What-d’ya-call-‘ems

Since I do not really believe in the concept of New Year’s Resolutions (“This year, I am going to…”), here is a list of things that I won’t mind happening this year. Read more. Write more. Eat better food. See more shows, bands, movies, what-have-you, out in the real world. Get back in some sort… Read more »

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2017 in Review

2017 was the year in which we managed to see the first two shows of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell — The Musical, bought a house in the center of Amersfoort, went on a holiday to Florence and Rome (with trips to Venice and Pisa) in the middle of a heat wave so bad… Read more »