The ‘then leave’-Mentality and the Death of American Optimism

America, like any place on earth, is problem-riddled, and has been from the start. No matter where we claim that beginning to be; whether it’s the moment Pangea split open and the world unfurled into its current shape, ravenous magma regurgitating up out of cracked tectonic plates; or when the first homo sapiens crossed theContinue reading “The ‘then leave’-Mentality and the Death of American Optimism”

Can we communicate dreams?

Morris, R. C. (2013, July 26) I have always been a dreamer; both during the day with my teachers yelling at me to pay attention and during the night, where I fly through the sky or run from a herd of elephants. Frequently, I wake up and remember the dream, sometimes clearly ‘scene for scene’,Continue reading “Can we communicate dreams?”

The beauty of Arcane

Netflix: S1 Ep7 (Delord & Charrue, 2021) Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers of the serie Arcane.  When I tell people that I don’t watch films or series for their plot, they look at me weirdly. For a lot of my friends, the plot is the most important aspect of a story: it’s the unexpectedContinue reading “The beauty of Arcane”

Coincidence or Probability? 

Thompson, Keith. Coincidence?. 2022 Over the last couple of weeks, several of my friends have shared stories with me about specific coincidences they experienced and their take on dissecting their meaning. This, in turn, led me to start questioning my own beliefs when it comes to coincidences. Personally, I have never been a particular believerContinue reading “Coincidence or Probability? “

Stutz: The Tragedy of Wasted Time

Image: Stutz, Netflix Trigger Warning: this article contains references to suicide Jonah Hill’s recent documentary film Stutz is a far cry from the comic roles of 21 Jump Street and Superbad which he is so often associated with and are sedimented into pop culture. On the surface Stutz is an unlikely role reversal in whichContinue reading “Stutz: The Tragedy of Wasted Time”

Halloween movie recommendations

Lhya’s recommendation – I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020) The films that mess me up the most are films that manage to turn realistic events into horrific experiences. I’m Thinking of Ending Things does this splendidly, a psychological thriller where there are no demons or witches, but you end up wishing there were because thatContinue reading “Halloween movie recommendations”

WHY I WILL FOREVER STAY LOYAL TO THE RADIO.

image by Julia Kaczmarek I put on the radio every morning. It’s a part of my routine, while running between the bathroom and the bedroom, grabbing my stuff, trying to eat something for breakfast, I need to have that background sound. Recently I realised that it is not just a routine, it is a connectionContinue reading “WHY I WILL FOREVER STAY LOYAL TO THE RADIO.”

Join the Writer’s Block Board!

Writer’s Block Magazine is looking for fresh, enthusiastic and creative editorial board members! Do you like writing and editing? Do you have any journalistic aspirations? Then join the Writer’s Block editorial board! What/who is Writer’s Block? Writer’s Block Magazine is a student-run magazine at University of Amsterdam. We have an international readership and contributors fromContinue reading “Join the Writer’s Block Board!”

Cheap Thrills: the Unsettling Nature of Portal

I would like to preface this article by imploring that you play Portal, as my summary of the events and descriptions do not do the game justice, and the full experience can only truly be attained as a player. Recently I found myself unable to stop thinking about a 4-hour long puzzle game developed byContinue reading “Cheap Thrills: the Unsettling Nature of Portal”

Book Review – Normal People by Sally Rooney

This January, I picked up a copy of the novel Normal People by Sally Rooney whilst visiting my family back home in hopes to get out of my reading slump that was lasting longer than I care to admit. I had heard from several friends who read it that they loved it, and although IContinue reading “Book Review – Normal People by Sally Rooney”