David Enker

The Alphabet

The evolution of the Alef-Bet, or: the Alphabet.

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…

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. Does…

The Angel’s Advocate

It’s always the devil that gets all the credit. In fiction, he’s the one with the booze, the drugs, the women. He is disguised as a handsome man, someone who seems sure of himself and knows all the ways of the world. He can get away with…

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, Roberto Carlos Lange, better known by his stage name Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds…

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…

Chet Baker

There is something about the early 50s.   My Funny Valentine

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…
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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…

Kraftwerk

The true innovators. The favorite and the rare.                               &nbs…

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. Like as with many people David Bowie meant a lot to me. These are my personal highlights: A New Career…
Stromae

Stromae

Stromae makes me very happy. This is why:   Stromae on YouTube