Please Don’t Call Me a Liberal

I’m not a liberal, or a conservative or a gradualist, or a monk, or an indifferentist. I should like to be a free artist and that’s all. - Anton Chekhov It was 1996 and I was finally old enough to vote. But when I started to fill out the forms, I realized that I was... Continue Reading →


A Redhat By Any Other Name

“Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being.” This is the introductory sentence from a very interesting article, authored by Andrew Sullivan and titled America's New Religions. In this article, Sullivan comes down hard on those I call the Redhats, that particular segment... Continue Reading →

There’s No Christmas Where I Live

It's Christmas morning and I'm sitting in a quiet house, alone. There's no snow outside. There's no tree inside. There are no kids ripping open presents. There's no holiday music playing. It's just another day. People in North Holland don't seem to care all that much about Christmas. The Netherlands has its own December tradition, called... Continue Reading →

The Art of Man Shaming

My original title for this post was Odd bedfellows: Toxic masculinity and hyper-liberalism. When I started I had an idea of what I wanted to say, but realized I needed some background, so I took the time to read up on toxic, or hegemonic masculinity. The more I read, the more I realized that it's not a... Continue Reading →

Excerpt 2: The Twin

All Matter Consists of a Relationship Between Probabilities Here's a little slice of philosophy from my book The Twin. This was written sometime between 2005 and 2007 as an attempt to preserve my "conclusions" about reality, a sort of grand narrative I'd been formulating since adolescence. At the time, I was gearing up to write what would become my... Continue Reading →

Dear Holland: #DutchProblems

I've been collecting these moments for a while now, and I thought I'd share a few of them. Oh the travails of civilized life! Let's begin: The feeling you get during Sinterklaas when all the good chocolate letters are taken. #earlybirdgetstheletter #niethuilen #allesS's #nogsteedslekker There will be a day when my bike seat isn't wet... Continue Reading →

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