The Green Wall of Standard Histories, and other primary sources
It’s that time of year again. Or rather, I am slightly behind the times: it has been that time of the past year again, when people make lists of everything related to 2016.
Continuing my habit from 2015, I tracked all the books I read cover-to-cover and finished during 2016 (some were started much earlier). I am happy to report that the total number has gone up! There are twelve books that can be classified as fiction, and some real classics in my list. Continue reading →
Since we all love little (and possibly big) lists, I thought I’d give you a list of the concerts I attended this 2015-16 season. After a slow start, things picked up in the second semester as I realized I need a regular shot of live music to keep me mentally sane. Continue reading →
Voor Nederlands, gelieve verder naar beneden te rollen!
It’s been quiet on the blog, I know. This final semester at Princeton has been extremely demanding in different ways. Jobhunting and teaching are the most obvious ones, but there was also some travel (for fun and for work) and then the simple need every now and then to hide under a rock and listen to lots of good music to keep me human. Continue reading →
It’s a funny thing you hear a lot of academics say these days, especially in Humanities: “But who still reads books cover to cover?” We tend to read chapters, or just the Introduction, or hunt down the small piece of information we need, but indeed: we rarely sit down and just read the entire thing. Continue reading →
Gelieve verder door te rollen naar beneden voor de Nederlandstalige versie.
Just ten of those many moments when I really really miss you, dad-
When I come back from another once-in-a-lifetime concert with the Berlin Phil- and I realize we never compared notes on Beethoven. (We were of course in complete agreement on the fine playing of the Berliners, live and recorded.) Continue reading →
I like my orchestras like my coffee and my wine: big, bold, pronounced, at times deep, and dark. No sugar. Straightforward and honest. So it should come as no surprise that I have a soft spot for the Berliner Philharmoniker. Continue reading →
Yes, I know I have neglected you, my dearest readers, and have kept you on tenterhooks. But finally, here we are! This post is picture-heavy, as you’d expect from a wonderful day in Yellowstone. It was very hard to wittle down to this final selection. Wherever you point your camera you’re bound to capture something breathtaking. Continue reading →
Most of the Saturday morning went to waiting around for the car to be fixed. At least that was possible, and I was assured that I would be able to zoom around the park by the afternoon. Yellowstone is a big place, as I mentioned already, and without a car you can’t do much. There is no bus service, because everybody comes by car. Continue reading →