‘Complaining is deeply ingrained in Dutch culture’

Cafe owner Canadian Chris Godwaldt only moved to the Netherlands four years ago, but he speaks Dutch and is a proficient complainer. He’s sold everything back home and has no plans to leave the Netherlands. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on November 12, 2019.

A Disturbing Summer Holiday

I liked another Dutch book. Crazy I know. From the author of The Dinner, Summer House with a Swimming Pool brings together all of Herman Koch’s best: unlikeable characters, an unreliable narrator, a page-turning plot and the complicated relationships between parents and children. Read the review on Dutch News.

Noise

I am a compulsive podcast listener. Lately I’ve been binge listening to What You’re Wrong About, where two journalists “circle back to an event, person or trend that’s been misremembered in the public imagination.” It’s really well done but also very depressing. Previous topics have included the Satanic Panic, Stranger Danger and Jeffery Dahmer.  But … [Read more…]