Entries by David Enker

The Chaos

A poem demonstrating the irregularity of English spelling and pronunciation. Written by Dutch writer, traveller, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870–1946), it includes about 800 examples of irregular spelling.   Gerard Nolst Trenité – The Chaos (1922) Dearest creature in creation Studying English pronunciation,    I will teach you in my verse    Sounds like corpse, corps, […]

The Age of Anxiety

There is no word in the Dutch language for ‘anxiety’. There are words that come close, like ‘worried’, ‘concerned’, ‘fearful’ or ‘scared’, but none of them come close to the dreadful experience of actual, real anxiety. Does that mean that Dutch people know no anxiety? Or is there maybe something in the English language itself […]

Separated Identical Twins (Reunited)

What if you would meet your identical twin – as an adult? What would that say about yourself if you would find someone just like you? Will your identity just be relative and not that special or would the excitement be just too big to have a person that not only looks like you but […]

Helado Negro

The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropicalheat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. (from)

David Bowie, Hero

Just as his latest and enigmatic brilliant video ‘Lazarus’ came out on his 69th birthday it turned out to be quite something else.

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.

Schlijper

Since 2000 Amsterdam-based photographer Thomas Schlijper makes at least one picture a day, without exceptions. He manages to capture a positive view onto the world mostly in Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Paris and elsewhere.

Seapony

This Seattle-based indie band is no more. Fortunately their dreamy music lives on.

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 Line metro, some 100 feet deep […]

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.

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 by the alien tunes of former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos.

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 to call the star watch. It is Friday late afternoon. The […]