There are places in the world where no one comes. Ever. I’m not thinking of remote areas of Antarctica or unclimbed summits in the Cordilleras de los Andes. Nor do I believe there are bits of jungle in deep, dark Ruanda that will never be seen by human eyes. No, I’m thinking of the armpits…

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Came home today to five consecutive moments of utter joy and excitement. Moment of joy and excitement #1: There was an envelope in my mailbox from Leading Edge Magazine, and that could, and did, mean only one thing: my contributor copy was here, containing my short story Diamond Sharks. And indeed, when I opened the…

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A moment of private cheer and happiness (and, admittedly a bit of gloating). Not only is my wife bright, blonde, and beautiful, as of tonight she is also a certified masseuse. She passed her final exam earlier this evening. I’m almost as happy as she is herself. And proud, very proud. Back to our champagne…

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All foreign shows on Dutch TV are subtitled instead of dubbed (unlike in France or Germany, where, for instance, ‘the actress who always does the voice of Courteney Cox’ is a celebrity in her own right). Often, subtitlers get it wrong. Sometimes, they get it wrong in a funny way. Whenever I catch them at…

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