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Saving with Books

I’m stacking books, aligning books, retrieving them from boxes that come in five times a week to fill the gaps on the shelves. On television in the morning some expert on economy advises viewers to review unnecessary expenses such as subscriptions,…

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A leap into the train

The walls came in so I grabbed my coat and squeezed myself through the shrinking door. The flimsy air insufficient for my packed lungs. My bike, the steel horse shining in October-light, quickly brought me to the train station.…

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Looking for the Local Library

Every once in a while, a book you read kindles a fire of curiosity. In my last post I explored the idea of the public library versus the private library while reading Ali Smith’s Public Library and Other Stories.…

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The ‘Have-It-All’s and the Unique

Public Library and Other Stories I was reading Ali Smith’s Public Library and Other Stories. I had seen it lying about at Shakespeare&Company in Paris, and working in the little bookshop in Utrecht I saw the copy again. Smith…

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Wat we niet deden met Oud en Nieuw

1. We sloegen oud en nieuw over. We hadden een stemming gedaan. De introverts wilden liever thuisblijven. De extraverts waren bang op het verkeerde feestje te zijn. Milieuactivisten wilden geen vuurwerk. Vuurwerkfanatici wilden alleen maar vuurwerk en het liefst…

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The power of jealousy

Growing up and collecting responsibilities I find it very, very easy to envy anyone around me for silly things. Shit, that person has published short stories or even their poetry! That one is a frequent painter. She’s a convinced…

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Job search & adaptation

A job search is fun: you never know where you end up. I nearly became an editor at a philosophy magazine, then nearly became a PA to a famous philosopher in The Netherlands, and when that didn’t work out…