The Success of The Bridge

  The first time I wrote an article for Writer’s Block I talked about my love for Scandinavian television. There is something about Swedish and Danish crime shows, especially, that makes them much more thrilling than any of their American or British counterparts – at least as far as I have seen so far. AfterContinue reading “The Success of The Bridge”

How to Deal with Writer’s Block: An Attempt at a Semi-Professional Guide

  No, this is not an article on how to deal with Writer’s Block’s editorial board. I like to think that is something you don’t need help with. Rather, this is my attempt to provide a guide to beat the condition our magazine was named after, the temporary situation where writers find themselves unable toContinue reading “How to Deal with Writer’s Block: An Attempt at a Semi-Professional Guide”

These Are the Films I Was Looking For: A Star Wars Experience

I saw my first Star Wars movie less than a month ago. That might not make me the best person to discuss The Force Awakens (2015), the seventh episode in the immensely popular science-fiction franchise. After all, I didn’t grow up with these films, didn’t even know the difference between Star Wars and Star TrekContinue reading “These Are the Films I Was Looking For: A Star Wars Experience”

The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness

  A few weeks ago, the American Book Center here in Amsterdam organized a Skype interview with Patrick Ness, award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the soon-to-be-filmed A Monster Calls. The interview, which took place at the ABC Treehouse, mostly focused on Ness’s latest release, The Rest of Us Just Live Here –Continue reading “The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness”

Self-Made Success: Badlands by Halsey

  “We are the New Americana / High on legal marijuana / Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” This August, Halsey released her highly-anticipated debut album Badlands to the public. For her already large group of fans, the album has been a long time coming: ever since releasing her EP Room 93 in late 2014, HalseyContinue reading “Self-Made Success: Badlands by Halsey”

Mad Max: Feminist Road

I am going to be completely honest here and tell you that 1) I haven’t seen the first three Mad Max movies (which were released in the eighties) and 2) my main reason for wanting to see Fury Road is the fact that it has been called “feminist propaganda” more times than I care toContinue reading “Mad Max: Feminist Road”

Haunted by Humans: A Review of The Book Thief

  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Knopf Books for Young Readers March 14, 2006 550 pages “Here’s a small fact – you are going to die.” That’s how Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (2006) starts. With this line, Zusak immediately sets the tone for the rest of the novel, a grim story set inContinue reading “Haunted by Humans: A Review of The Book Thief”

Aiming for Oblivion: A Review of The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

  The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta Publisher: Candlewick Press Release date: March 1, 2010 328 pages Cover: Everything is fine until Joe Finch Mackee is blown to pieces in a bombing at the London underground, and grief hits his remaining family members hard. The Piper’s Son, a companion novel to Saving Francesca (2005),Continue reading “Aiming for Oblivion: A Review of The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta”