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”

One Hundred Years without Jack London

Jack London, who died exactly 100 years ago, was an American author mostly remembered for “dog stories”, as London himself termed them laconically. The Call of the Wild and White Fang are novels about dogs in the Canadian wilderness, bestsellers in their time that continue to be taught in schools and adapted into film andContinue reading “One Hundred Years without Jack London”

*Stares into the Camera*: On The “Jim Look” and The Age of Irony

A few weeks ago I was at a housewarming, and while using a phallic-shaped bottle opener to remove the cap from my beer because it was, regrettably, the only one available, some guy said “I can see you thinking; this one is slightly smaller than what I am used to”. Because I didn’t want toContinue reading “*Stares into the Camera*: On The “Jim Look” and The Age of Irony”

Running As a Metaphor

When I think about pleasant ways to pass my free time, running definitely doesn’t come to mind. I just don’t get why anyone would ever want to run. Sure, when I need to catch a train, I’m willing to do it once in a while. But other than that? Even when looked at as aContinue reading “Running As a Metaphor”

An International Orgy in Suburbia

My roommates were not happy when I told them an Australian, two Israelis, and two Spaniards were going to sleep over on the weekend. When it turned out there were actually eleven Spaniards, I was promised a “good talk”, which has not yet occurred. The spoils will, I am sure, be worth the pain. ForContinue reading “An International Orgy in Suburbia”

Why Write for a Public?

  There’s a question that I’ve been putting off, and I can’t really get around it any longer. I’ve been confused about the problem for a while now, and now that a friend’s recently pointed it out again I can’t ignore it any longer with a clear conscience. I feel that my question – andContinue reading “Why Write for a Public?”