David Enker

Full of joy

Haarlem, 25 June 2020 Dear Yaron, Welcome to the world my lovely son. At 2 years, you seem to be having a strong will of your own, bordering on stubbornness. Like your mother, you are operating independently just fine. God only knows who…
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Oma Z

It is somewhere in the mid-90s as I visit my grandmother in The Hague. I am in my mid-twenties. Normally the whole family would be there, usually on her birthday. But this is not her birthday, it is just me and her. Her reputation of a divider…

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…

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…

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…
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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…

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…
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Toen wij uit Engeland vertrokken

In mei 2011 kwam de Nederlandse journalist en schrijver Joris Luyendijk in Engeland wonen. Afgelopen zomer is hij teruggekeerd naar Nederland en schreef over zijn tijd in Groot-Brittannië een afscheidsbrief in Vrij Nederland. Hij blikt terug…

The Rothko Light

Art isn’t about what you see.
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Avi & Shiri

It was not long after Israel’s Second Lebanon war in 2006 that I met Avi. I was working in London at a famous ad agency on Knightsbridge, between Hyde Park and Harrods. Before Avi started working at “the banner factory” as it was called,…

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…

The Path

  An exercise in expression Cue ⇒ Introduction mode What are the modes one can resort to when faced with the challenges of life? Here is a possible scenario: Cue ⇒ Artistic / Literary mode “Art is whether or not there…

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…

Doppelgängers

They say there is always someone that looks just like you.                           …

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…
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A healthy mind in a healthy body (& vice versa)

If there ever is a key to a perfect health and happiness I'd love to use it, but in the meantime this is what I've come up with: 1. Sleep It's not about the quantity but rather about the quality. Fresh air in the bedroom, good pillow and…

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.…

Creative design: Narrow down or diversify?

The Digital Revolution. We are in the middle of it. In this day and age of rapid developments, should one specialise in one thing (popular or niche), or stay ahead of the curve and learn a bit of everything as to stay up-to-date with skills…

Great dance scenes in films

Some memorable unexpected dance moments in film. 5. Forced dance in Beetlejuice (1988) As if dancing isn't already like being possessed. 4. Napoleon Dynamite charity dance (2004) A very funny film with a hilarious way of helping…

The Spirit of Bach

This is music. Glenn Gould Nina Simone

Love, Prince

It was already over with my girlfriend when I went to see Prince live in concert in 1992 in Rotterdam. Not that she knew it already, I hadn't told her yet. This coincided with the looming termination of my physics study at uni and leaving the…

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…

Green Blood

Aliens and space ships, love and humour, tragedy and the after world.... Great song, on loop all week >>   Green Blood by Sonny and the Sunsets   "Well, something happened..." "What's that, Sonny?" "I fell…