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 have it, train conductor Ralph (Adrien Brody) has a few tricks up his sleeve and manages to literally scoop up a few Christmas decorations from passing train stations to create a small Christmas brunch. After all the passengers left their coaches for the brunch, a small boy shyly walks to the dining coach to find a small gathering of people and a modestly decorated Christmas tree. As the passengers gather around the tree drinking their hot cocoa, the ad finishes with the text “Come Together”. Continue reading “I Feel Therefore I Am: Wes Anderson, Donald Trump, and New Sincerity”

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Writer’s Block #30

We are proud to present the first Writer’s Block of 2016-2017! Do you like short stories? Essays? Poems? Or perhaps you feel like reading an interview? Writer’s Block #30 has got it all! Just click on the cover and enjoy!

We’re always looking for submissions, so remember to send us your work at submissions@writersblockmagazine.com!

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Writer’s Block #29

Just in time for the summer holidays, we provide you with the 29th issue of Writer’s Block Magazine! Would you like to discover the winner of our short story competition, read an interview with one of our UvA academics, or learn something more about … the Thai New Year? It’s all in here! Click the cover below and start reading.

We’re always looking for new submissions for our next issues. So send your work to us at submissions@writersblockmagazine.com!

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Writer’s Block #28

Looking for a thesis survival guide, poems about love and death, or simply some gorgeous photographs? Well then, here’s our 28th issue of Writer’s Block Magazine, which you can read online by clicking the cover below.

Don’t forget that we’re always looking for submissions for our next issues. Send your work to us at submissions@writersblockmagazine.com!

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Summer Reading Tips – Tying the Knot

The summer holidays are upon us. For a few weeks, you actually have time to read! Deciding which books to dedicate your precious spare time to is a big commitment. We get that. WB presents four suggestions to help you tie the knot.roselindeartikeljuli1) Something old – Orlando (1928)
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Summer Reading Tips – J.M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year (2007)

 

Summer has arrived – sorry – you have arrived at summer, and with summer you’ve presumably reached freedom. You leave a year of university behind you; another year of musty academia that simultaneously bore and excite you; another year of consuming dense and authoritative ‘researches’, ‘considerations’, ‘analyses’ – half of which end in a proclamation of what basically amounts to “well we haven’t quite gotten our answer but we’ve had just the greatest time thinking about this”. And now you get to leave all that behind you for a little while.

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The LACE That Lived

“An evening with Rowling” was most definitely not the first event hosted by the Literary Activities Committee Etcetera (LACE). But, it was arguably the best. Zahia Siab’s enthusiasm was catching as she presented the evening in the Doelenzaal – that was hardly distinguishable from Hogwarts’ Great Hall. Gorgeous, atmospheric hall? Check. Hogwarts banners? Check. Drinks provided? Check, check, check. Continue reading “The LACE That Lived”