Month: November 2016

Encore rage

In June 2008 I was at a Cat Power concert in Paradiso, Amsterdam. It was a legendary concert. After finishing a full set Cat Power played I don’t know how many encores. She kept on singing even after her band left stage. Finally the lights went on but even that didn’t stop her; she kept…


Better listen to Leonard

People often die just after their birthday. It is like they need that last event, the last ceremony, to say goodbye to life. Last week Leonard Cohen died. Not after his birthday, but just after Donald Trump won the US presidential elections. Coincidence? Probably, although I can imagine Trump’s election killed the last bit of…


Smells like…

There is a beautiful Dutch saying about positioning oneself outside a community. The saying is: ‘vloeken in de Kerk’ (swearing in Church). In a few simple words it explains what one, according to popular convention, is not supposed to do. Today I will apply it to myself and say what one is not supposed to…


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