Realism and Dialogue

  “God,” declared a girl I once watched Network (1976) with, “who talks like that?” The only right answer is “no one”: the movie was rightly called out on its preposterously verbose dialogue, which nears parody. It is lucky that the next day I watched a John Ford western, with stiff, wooden but somehow believable … More Realism and Dialogue

Ode to the Pimple

  It was a cold February morning when I was on my way to Amsterdam from Haarlem station. Like any other person commuting by train, I normally keep my business to myself but this time I was distracted by the guy sitting in front of me. It was a Spanish tourist who was browsing through … More Ode to the Pimple

Braingasms Vs. Orgasms: Sex and the Intimacy of ASMR

  Humans are sensitive beings. Our senses can lead us to all kinds of experiences. When we travel we tend to buy perfume because we link smells to memories, certain colours and shapes can bring up traumatic experiences and somehow no one can really resist putting their hands in those big burlap sacks of dried … More Braingasms Vs. Orgasms: Sex and the Intimacy of ASMR

Hidden Cultures

The term ‘hidden cultures’ might make you think of various religions and nationalistic customs. That’s not what I would like to talk about, however. I’d like to make an observation about hidden worlds which are often linked to a profession or hobby. Lately, I’ve been discovering a few societies which were previously unknown to me. … More Hidden Cultures

Magazines: the ultimate hand guide for women?

  Elle Woods: “I bought you some necessities—some Calvin Klein 720 count sheets, the entire Clinique skin care line […] and the Bible.” (Holds up a copy of the Cosmopolitan magazine) Brooke Taylor: “You’re an angel” The above quote is from the popular movie Legally Blonde. The main character, Elle, is a lawyer who has … More Magazines: the ultimate hand guide for women?