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De deur zit er nog in!

De deur zit er nog in!

Vanochtend werd ik getrakteerd op onderstaande zin:

Hoe de bodem van de windmolen – compleet met deur erin – is losgeraakt, is niet bekend.

Bron: Tubantia

Dat de deur nog in het verloren deel van de windmolen zit, zeg! Alsof het onmogelijk is dat na een harde bons op het asfalt een stalen deur, de ingang van de toekomstige windmolen, zich nog keurig op z’n plek bevind! Je kunt het bijna niet geloven. Fijn dat de foto bij het artikel laat zien dat het echt waar is.

De schrijver van het zevenzinnige stukje moest gedacht hebben dat een vrachtwagen die zijn lading verliest te weinig spanning opwekt bij de gemiddelde lezer. Hij (ik verwijs hier naar het geslacht van het woord schrijver, niet naar het geslacht van de persoon) zal een blik op de foto hebben geworpen en zag tot zijn grote verrassing: hé, de deur zit er nog in! Dat is gek! Een perfect detail om de lezer mee te verwarren. (Het kan ook zijn dat er, op zondagavond, een fles wijn in het spel was die enige meligheid veroorzaakte.)

Als lezer ben ik nu wel nieuwsgierig geworden. Inderdaad, waarom zit die deur nog in de windmolen? En waarom word ik op dit detail gewezen? Wat is de diepere laag die ik over het hoofd zie? Welke kennis mis ik om het mysterie op te lossen? De schrijver laat me achter met onbeantwoorde vragen, door slechts vier woorden toe te voegen aan een verder saaie mededeling. Heel goed. Het inspireert. Tot het schrijven van dit bericht bijvoorbeeld. Geen betere start van de maandagochtend denkbaar. Hartelijk dank, onbekende schrijver!

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Under Obama writers lost their tongue

Under Obama writers lost their tongue

Interesting perspective expressed by Malcolm Gladwell on the years to come:

Gladwell notes, provocatively, that under the rhetorical genius of Obama, “writers lost their tongue. Now we’ve got our voice back, and it’s going to be a wild ride”. He’s become nostalgic for his days as a reporter: “I would do anything to have my old job on the Washington Post. This is the kind of situation you live for as a writer, moments of upheaval and confusion. As a reporter for the next four years, you’re going to have the best time getting Washington to talk to you. You’re going to have fun. It will be open season during the Trump administration.”

Source: The Guardian

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A new goal?

A new goal?

Welcome to 2017!

It’s been hectic for the past two years in my life. All the while I (re)discovered my need for writing. Even did a creative writing course which resulted in a good writing routine…until my daughter was born. Since september 2016 I sort of got back to a working and writing routine, but that all got messed up last December when we decided to sell our house and leave Enschede (a plan that was 3 years in the making). It resulted in a frantic search for a new place, but that search ended sooner than we expected when we came to an agreement with the owners of a wonderful house in Amersfoort. We ‘bought’ it the day before Christmas. So yes, it is time to regroup after the Holidays and get my routines back on track. At least until we move house (between 1st April and 1st of May).

This article inspires me to get started again. No matter how short the time available is (in between play time and feeding a 7 months old girl), I’ll grab the opportunity to write. And perhaps discover the idea for the next big story to write.

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Phoebe Boswell revisits Shakespeare’s Othello

Phoebe Boswell revisits Shakespeare’s Othello

I came across this wonderful video, written by Phoebe Boswell. Art, story and content all intertwine beautifully.

From the Guardian website:

Phoebe Boswell riffs on her conflicted attitudes towards Othello in Dear Mr Shakespeare

Or as in the words of the director of this excellent video:

A reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello
An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.

Dear Mr. Shakespeare from Shola Amoo on Vimeo.

It’s well worth to look at other videos published by artist Phoebe Boswell and pay a visit to her website.

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Don’t ban books in schools

Don’t ban books in schools

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Kids explain how they found help in banned books. My conclusion: don’t ban books for the sake of parents’ view on life.

“To explore the significance of controversial books for young readers, we asked authors of frequently challenged books to share messages they’ve received from their readers.”

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“As a result, we have received hundreds of messages testifying to the positive effects of reading the very books that are frequently challenged and sometimes censored. These are books that confront issues that many young readers worry about but may be reluctant to discuss: issues like race and ethnicity, bullying, sexuality, body image, drugs, self-harm, anxiety, social isolation, violence and abuse. Teenagers are often acutely aware of these issues in their own lives and the lives of their friends, and they struggle to make sense of them.”

Read kids’ responses at BoingBoing.

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