Category Archives: Non-fiction

Kate Fox – Watching the English (2004). English versus Dutch culture.

I’m not English; I’m Dutch. But I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many English people throughout the years. These were always enjoyable experiences, but there were always things that I couldn’t quite place. I often ended up … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker – Enlightenment Now (2018) Review

“My attempt is to restate the ideals of the Enlightenment in the language and concepts of the 21st century.” That’s Steven Pinker’s own stated goal for this book, which is sort of a sequel to his highly appreciated book The … Continue reading

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Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell – The Disaster Artist (2013) Review

The book about the creation of the movie The Room and about its writer and director, Tommy Wiseau. The Disaster Artist, the book, is an amazing addition to the film The Room (2003). First of all, it clarified the big … Continue reading

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Charles Foster – Being a Beast (2016) Review

It must be great having Charles Foster as a guest lecturer at University. He’ll surely be full of witty remarks and fascinating stories, of the kind that make you wonder whether he is serious or pulling your leg. His book, … Continue reading

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Peter Frankopan – The Silk Roads (2015) Review

“A New History of the World” Peter Frankopan is annoyed that the history lessons in the Western world focus so much on the Western world. Understandable, sure, there is only so much time for teachers to teach children history, but … Continue reading

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Eric Harvey – The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus (2015)

Please join me while I peruse this highly interesting booklet. We might learn some life lessons. After all, it has over 250K copies sold, even though I got it from a box of free books at the local bookstore. It … Continue reading

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Tim Birkhead – Bird Sense; What It’s Like to Be a Bird (2012) Review

When I studied biology in the 2000s as an undergraduate at Leiden University, the first course I ever had was about Behavioral Biology. In it, our professor urged us to think about animals as black boxes, with input of the … Continue reading

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