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Popper… and Wittgenstein

January 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in biografie, English texts, FILOSOFIE, FOCUS | Comments Off on Popper… and Wittgenstein

Karl Popper

I recently read Wittgenstein’s Poker, a brief enough account of a unique meeting of minds: Karl Popper versus Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Alan Turing pardoned… why?

December 29th, 2013  |  by  |  published in English texts, FOCUS, mensenrechten, politieke leugens | Comments Off on Alan Turing pardoned… why?

Alan Turing pardoned… why?

A BILL TO Give a statutory pardon to Alan Mathison Turing for offences under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 of which he was convicted on 31 March 1952. BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and […]

Why Orwell Matters

December 23rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in biografie, English texts, FOCUS, politiek | Comments Off on Why Orwell Matters

Why Orwell Matters

Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters “Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell’s outlook remains indispensable even in a vastly changed world.” From this extract from the book’s back cover, as from the title itself, I admit I was hoping for an exposition of Orwell’s relevance to contemporary politics. […]

Hannah Arendt, an eventful life

May 13th, 2013  |  by  |  published in biografie, English texts, FILOSOFIE | Comments Off on Hannah Arendt, an eventful life

Hannah Arendt, an eventful life

Twice Hannah Arendt. On the front of the biography a drawing as an elderly lady, a famous philosopher, at the back of the book a photo taken in 1933, 27 years old. In between, an eventful life. A brave life. The 27 year old already had something of a life behind her. She grew up […]

Taliban promised to kill school girls

October 9th, 2012  |  by  |  published in English texts, mensenrechten, miscellanea | Comments Off on Taliban promised to kill school girls

Taliban promised to kill school girls

Some years ago I wrote this small article “We will kill school girls”. And they do. Like today, Malala Yousafzai, a fourteen year old girl, just because she was campaigning for girl’s education. She was shot in the head, together with another girl. She is not dead. I can only hope that she will survive […]

the new men

May 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Engelse literatuur, English texts | Comments Off on the new men

the new men

Every so often I reread one of CP Snow’s novels. I don’t know why exactly. Perhaps because in the first place he is such a keen observer of how people live together: the political — in the widest possible sense — struggle to prevail. The way societies organise themselves, the way they meet new problems […]

Michael Ondaatje handwriting

March 27th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Engelse literatuur, English texts, poëzie | Comments Off on Michael Ondaatje handwriting

Michael Ondaatje handwriting

For half the day blackouts stroke this house into stillness so there is no longer a whirring fan or the hum of light. You hear sounds of a pencil being felt for in a drawer in the dark and then see its thick shadow in candlelight, writing the remaining words. Paragraphs reduced to one word. […]

Tinker Tailor and so on

March 11th, 2012  |  by  |  published in English texts, film | Comments Off on Tinker Tailor and so on

Tinker Tailor and so on

The other day we went to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a film by Tomas Alfredson. I’m afraid I was terribly disappointed. During the film I even wondered whether my beloved, who had never read the book, understood anything at all. I needn’t have worried, though. Anyway, I couldn’t help comparing the picture with the […]

typography, fontface

January 9th, 2012  |  by  |  published in English texts, typografie | Comments Off on typography, fontface

typography, fontface

Have a look at this beautiful little film about the making of the fontfaces by atipo on Vimeo. And admire one of the posters here, with the Caslon italic face. The others are Clarendon Bold, Helvetica bold and Carousel medium.



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