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Chet Baker

Chet Baker

There is something about the early 50s.
Fyodorov Sisters

Slavic Soul

One time on a visit to my father he got out this old record player from the attic and put on a 78 rpm (I believe he got from his father); a Sovjet-labelled record from the Fyodorov Sisters and it was as like a call from another world. There…
Schlijper Today
Stromae

Stromae

Stromae makes me very happy. This is why:   Irresistable tune   Love   Peace   Where is daddy...?   Anima/Animus   Life as a game   The clip that looks…
Seapony

Seapony

This Seattle-based indie band is no more. Fortunately their dreamy music lives on. Here are some of my favourites:          
In TransitionDavid Enker

Pushing Doors

  7/7 - 10 years on and the creation of a story   Haarlem, 7 July 2015 It is 10 years ago since that fatal Thursday morning of the 7th of July of 2005 in London when one of four Islamic suicide bombers blew himself up in the Piccadilly…
fairy park

Bullies in the Park

Not too long ago – in the light of eternity – when I was a kid, about 9 years old, I was walking on clouds. I wanted to reach the sky you see, and now and then I got pretty close. Every day I was walking to school through the Vondel Park…
Rothko (detail)

The Rothko Light

Art isn’t about what you see.
Moebius

Moebius Redux

Great documentary about the late Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, perhaps the biggest genius in the world of European "comics", reaching well beyond the genre and creating visuals for films like Tron and the Fifth Element... all that accompanied…

Kraftwerk

The true innovators. The favorite and the rare.                         …
Graphic Novels

Graphic novels Top 10

This is a top 10 of my favourite graphic novels / artists.   1. Chris Ware Country: US Key work: Acme Novelty Library (1993-present) Life as a manual Ware's unique autumnal isometric world view is perhaps "clinical" at first…
dinnerDavid Enker

Until the end of the world

The ground underneath the feet of the quiffed reporter and his talking dog is heating up so much that the asphalt is melting. At the same time, a mysterious star appears in the evening sky, next to the big dipper. The curious reporter decides…
Chabad

Wisdom behind the gambling place

Avi was back in London. He’d been back in Israel for family matters for a year or so during which I’d paid him a visit, but now he’s back here, though I’m not sure why. He wouldn’t admit it, but I think life must have felt…
Censored

Naked

I enter the hospital room and there he is, sitting up straight in his bed with his bald head hanging low into his hands. Even though I can’t see his face, his thin long fingers reveal his bones. He doesn’t seem to notice me. Outside the…
In Memoriam

Silence

Today was Memorial Day, during which the victims of the Second World War in Holland are being commemorated, just like every year on the 4th of May. I realised I had actually never done anything about it, not with other people anyway,…
The Art of Living (Magritte)René Magritte

The Man with the Hat

Maybe the man with the hat is my real father. Hiding behind his newspaper four seats away in the train. I spoke with him over the phone a couple of weeks ago, but all I had was this tiny photograph of him. His face was pushed half out of the…
beachDavid Enker

Just Like Mine

The sand nestled itself between my little toes. I had never been to the beach with my mother before. Usually when I visited her we would go to the park or just cycle around the city, with me on the little seat at the front of her bike, my eyes…

Abstract Expressionism

The difficulty with abstract expressionism like that of Barnett Newman is that it doesn't represent something (immediately) recognizable. That doesn't necessary mean there is nothing to relate to though. First of all, it's pointless to…