Arguably the most important news of the new Millennium–by some standards, by far the most important news since the onset of the Industrial Revolution–seems to be landing with much less of a splash than I expected. Reason enough in itself for world-wide celebration, immense fireworks (well, maybe not those), gallons of champagne, and an unprecedented baby…

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At the last Meet My Book event (The American Book Center Amsterdam, 19 October 2014), I read my just-published story A Cold Welcome (Penumbra, October 2014), and launched my short story collection Mashup. This year, I’m appearing at the Meet My Book event at ABC The Hague (Sunday, Feb 22, 15:00), where I will read bits and…

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The other week, I got into a huge digital fight with A. It involved WhatsApp name-calling, long e-mails full of arguments and blame-laying, fiery passion and icy reason, culminating in (hopefully temporary) termination of the friendship: that kind of fight. Thanks to this fight, I have remembered what the essential added value is, and always…

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There I was, in Bagels & Beans, for my second scheduled block of writing time since Villa Diodati #3, all determined to add at least 1,500 words to the new story Opening Night. But when I tried to open the file, Windows complained about an issue with the Briefcase folder, and refused to let me…

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My wife and I made a 600-kilometer circuit of the central Netherlands by bicycle a few weeks back; during that wonderful trip, I’ve learned that riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to see a country up close.* The Dutch countryside, I’ve discovered, is so pretty it looks like a foreign country. Of…

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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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