“The elites may be disproportionately monolingual.” — Workshop participant Earlier this year, I spent International Mother Language Day facilitating…
First, this week, I spotted a sheet weaver in our back garden. I’m sure it’s a new species to arrive there, as I had to google the beautiful spider…
Anticipating rain that didn’t come, we went to see Sing 2 in a cinema in Zeeland on Saturday. Except for Bono, a great movie. (Bono voices a musician…
We’re fortunate in Amsterdam to have the John Adams Institute. We’re even happier that they’ve started releasing some of their lectures as podcasts…
“Geotagged iPhone photos are often some of my only clues that I have been somewhere or done something; I cherish them as proof that I, at one point…
Thanks to the Romans’ shenanigans almost two thousand years ago, this irregular update is late. My apologies. While some say it is winter in Europe…
One: Congratulations to the Rijksmuseum and their collaboration with Guerrilla in Horizon Forbidden West. It’s lovely to see old and new art merge and…
“Human history is a race between education and catastrophe.” — HG Wells quoted in Imagine if… I have a bachelors in educational science, which I haven’t…
In a case of frequency illusion, I’ve been bouncing between The Sun Also Rises and For Whom The Bell Tolls this week. Both, of course, are Hemingway…
Two years to the day after I fled home on my bike from a meeting, trying to outrun the “novel Corona virus,” I finally tested positive. Fit, vaccinated…
I stopped reading when Putin re-ignited his war in Ukraine. I had just started in These Truths, which I had been looking forward to since I had put it…
In July of 1914, the Spanish novelist Vicente Blasco Ibáñez found himself on a boat traveling from Buenos Aires to Paris. The first signs of the…