On Borges’ Collected Fictions

The ugly, The bad, The good, The list™ […Read more…]

Shadow of the Future

Edith Södergran – “Framtidens skugga” (1920) My translation […Read more…]

On The Narrow Land

[Just moving some of my longer book reviews here from elsewhere. This one was originally posted on 16 june 2013.] This short story collection had been lying around the house for a while, but when Vance sadly passed away recently, decided to dust it off. Although I already had a pretty positive opinion of Vance […Read more…]

On The Eye of the Heron

[Just moving some of my longer book reviews here from elsewhere. This one was originally posted on 2 jun 2014.] Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Eye of the Heron is an engaging novella about oppression and resistance in a new world. The planet Victoria has been minimally settled by outcasts from Earth. A group of criminals, […Read more…]

On Dockskåpet

[Just moving some of my longer book reviews here from elsewhere. This one originally posted on 18 jun 2014.] Now and again I read these Scandinavian books that make want to be a translator. It’s opportunistic, I know, to only want to translate those rare books that really get at you. Professional translators have […Read more…]

This is not a place

Don’t stay here. […Read more…]

Quantum Hands

For as long as I can remember I have been having a vision. Not always, not every night, but recurring throughout my life. The vision always appears at the crepuscular boundary between waking and sleep, when I settle down in my bed and prepare to leave the day behind. As I sink into sleep, first […Read more…]

A Digital Diorama

I’m sure many Dutch people will feel a spark of recognition when I say that De Efteling was my favourite theme park as a kid. What set the place apart from most of the others in the Netherlands at the time (and arguably still) is its consistent fairytale-inspired atmosphere.* *The Efteling nostalgia is not without […Read more…]

Transformations

On mental health, the discovery of being trans, and reclaiming my writerly self. […Read more…]

Words that English should borrow from Dutch

You know you want to. […Read more…]