The Crash of Originality

Do you remember 2016? I don’t know what you’ve been up to over the Christmas holidays, but let’s assume that you do remember, for the sake of argument. So, whether you’re a 2016 hater or lover, you’ve probably been to the cinema once or twice. It’s not too far-fetched to say that the consensus on 2016, life-wise,Continue reading “The Crash of Originality”

I Feel Therefore I Am: Wes Anderson, Donald Trump, and New Sincerity

  Let’s talk about Wes Anderson’s H&M Christmas ad and Donald Trump because the two may have more in common than you might think. The Christmas ad shows a train struck by bad winter weather which means that the passengers will unfortunately not be able to get home for the holidays. As luck would haveContinue reading “I Feel Therefore I Am: Wes Anderson, Donald Trump, and New Sincerity”

Pebbles

  New Year’s resolutions. Some people hate them, while others seem to swear by them. Of course, there is the strong argument that resolutions hold absolutely no direct link to New Year’s day. One could resolve to do good deeds or abstain from bad habits any day of the year. But I do get why weContinue reading “Pebbles”

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”