Summer Reading Tips – J.M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year (2007)

  Summer has arrived – sorry – you have arrived at summer, and with summer you’ve presumably reached freedom. You leave a year of university behind you; another year of musty academia that simultaneously bore and excite you; another year of consuming dense and authoritative ‘researches’, ‘considerations’, ‘analyses’ – half of which end in a … More Summer Reading Tips – J.M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year (2007)

The LACE That Lived

“An evening with Rowling” was most definitely not the first event hosted by the Literary Activities Committee Etcetera (LACE). But, it was arguably the best. Zahia Siab’s enthusiasm was catching as she presented the evening in the Doelenzaal – that was hardly distinguishable from Hogwarts’ Great Hall. Gorgeous, atmospheric hall? Check. Hogwarts banners? Check. Drinks … More The LACE That Lived

If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

  A few weeks ago I came across a great Buzzfeed post from Shannon Reed called “If Jane Austen got feedback from some guy in a writing workshop”, which I genuinely loved. So in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death, I decided to write my own version featuring the paragon of English literature, … More If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

Das Mag vs. Bol.com

The Love-Hate Relationship between Publishers and Online Book Sales On March 31st, the Dutch book world was shocked when online sales giant Bol.com removed all of publishing house Das Mag’s books from its website. The reason, according to Das Mag, is that the publisher refused Bol.com’s new “collaboration contract”, which states that the popular webshop … More Das Mag vs. Bol.com

Objectified Scotsmen and Hunky Gladiators, or on the Sexualisation of the Modern Man

  One of the things that I like to show friends is the Tumblr page Wtf Bad Romance Covers which is filled with tacky and camp covers of Candlelight Novels. Every Thursday is “Objectified Scotsmen Thursday” and on this wonderful day the blog delights its followers with cheap covers with entertainingly awkwardly posing “Scottish” hunks, … More Objectified Scotsmen and Hunky Gladiators, or on the Sexualisation of the Modern Man

Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

This instalment of the Behind the Classic series looks at the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century that forms the political backdrop of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. More specifically, it will discuss the issue of sex – or, to speak in more appropriate, Victorian terms – “conjugal rights” and a woman’s right to … More Behind the Classic 3: Marital Intimacy and Women’s Rights in Jude the Obscure

Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.

Forgive me, Dante, for I am a sinner. I confess. Do not judge me too harshly, oh Joyce, Tolstoy, Waugh, Saramago, and other greats that collect my dust instead of my readership. I mean well. I feel genuine pleasure and admiration when I muster the will and energy to read your famous words, but that … More Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.