Embracing Solitude

Despite what movies like Into the Wild (2007) might like us to believe at times, our Western culture is certainly not a friendly place for lone wolves. Most of us would, for example, feel uncomfortable when sitting by ourselves in a bar or restaurant – and I certainly recall myself wondering at times, when IContinue reading “Embracing Solitude”

Winter Chaos

In my daily life, I travel a lot by bike and by means of public transportation. Most of the time, travelling like this goes very smoothly – only lately, it seems like there are a few complications adding up simultaneously. For one, as another year is coming to an end, the days are continuing toContinue reading “Winter Chaos”

Christmas in London

Temperatures are dropping, spirits are lifting and I can’t think of a better way to start the advent. Two days we had. Two days to make the best of this little spontaneous getaway, to escape the exam pressure and socialite expectations. I had dragged my housemate with me when I saw tickets for the price ofContinue reading “Christmas in London”

“That Gum You Like is Going To Come Back in Style”: The Revival of Twin Peaks and the Uncanny

  Next year, one of the creepiest murder-mystery TV series Twin Peaks will return for a new season. Being over 25 years old, the show is a true cult classic and has been subject to many tributes and references from various other famous TV-shows like The Simpsons and Adventure Time. Last summer I watched theContinue reading ““That Gum You Like is Going To Come Back in Style”: The Revival of Twin Peaks and the Uncanny”

December horoscopes

  Oh geez. I guess you’re looking for the monthly horoscopes we provide here at Writer’s Block. Sadly, there is not much to be read about your future other than the immediate one you’re trying to bridle right now. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Master astronomer/star-seer can’t be presentContinue reading “December horoscopes”

Hidden Conduits for Joy in Mexican Cuisine

  Toward a Festive Analysis of the Burrito “A burrito (US English /bəˈritoʊ/,  buˈrito (help·info))[1] is a type of Mexican[2] and Tex-Mex food,[3] consisting of a large wheat flour tortilla with a filling, wrapped into a closed-ended cylinder, in contrast to a taco, where the tortilla is simply folded around the filling. The flour tortilla is sometimes lightly grilled or steamed to soften it, make it more pliable andContinue reading “Hidden Conduits for Joy in Mexican Cuisine”

100 years of Fiep Westendorp

  On December 17th of this year it will be exactly a hundred years ago that Fiep Westendorp was born. She was a well-known Dutch illustrator most famous for bringing writer Annie M.G.Schmidt’s characters to life in the 50’s. Her work is still relevant, as most children nowadays are still familiar with characters that wereContinue reading “100 years of Fiep Westendorp”

The Boy in the Boat

  People who know me know that I row. A lot. As a consequence, it turns out I’ve gotten very good at talking about rowing. A lot. Or, if I don’t watch out, all the time.  Sometimes, and lately especially, now that I’m aiming for one of Skøll’s[i] novice[ii] boats it can feel as ifContinue reading “The Boy in the Boat”