First tulips of the season

Look at the first tulips of the season. They are beautiful, so full of colour and energy – just like the best kind of friendship. We’re now some five weeks away from mid-February, when days will start to have more daylight.┬áIt’s not in the distant future anymore, it’s right around the corner. I’m going to…

Soundtrack of social change

I got myself a new book. It is the first non-fiction book I have bought in a good while. This baby has about 800 pages, just like a good Harry Potter novel. Author Dorian Lynskey, a music writer for the Guardian, has done impressive and interesting research about the politics of pop music, and BTW…

Childhood traumas out in the open

Childhood traumas are peculiar. You could easily forget them, never tell anyone and pretend to be oblivious when life throws them in your way later in life. However, I’m choosing to share mine, as life has recently thrown rather clear hints my way. You may remember my eagerness to read Wolf Hall. You may also…

Why biographies hurt my brain

I’ve been slowly reading Wolf Hall. I’m sure it is an interesting novel, rewarding, and in many ways enlightening, but damn it’s boring. People die of plague, webs of lies develop, the King is blinded by love and/or lust and Thomas Cromwell is right there in the middle of it. What else is new? Historical…