When the inimitable Mr. Pen and my bad self were walking through Shoreditch, in passing a bum, who was in turn passed out in a corner, Mr. Pen quipped: “Let’s steal his shoes” To which I replied: “Maybe we should check whether he’s dead first” It wasn’t until a good hour later that we realized…
For Roet In Het Eten I wrote a piece in Dutch about a new study promoted by the same people behind LovingDay.nl, which claims that the VOC was a (non-problematic) multicultural organisation.
In collaboration with Chandra Frank I wrote a piece on LovingDay.nl, a problematic celebration of mixed relationships and their offspring at De Balie in Amsterdam.
Inspired by the below quote, I asked nine of my favorite artists from different disciplines and at different stages in their careers to pay homage to the original outsider: the mighty platypus. The artists, Claudia Hek, Dennis de Groot, Delicious Brains, Mr. Pen, Willem Weismann, Guen Douglas, TweeMuizen, Allison Guy and Geoff J. Kim, really delivered. The end…
I wrote an article for Litro in the UK detailing this year’s Zwarte Piet debate and why the Dutch reputation for tolerance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, in which I also briefly touch on what it means to be of Dutch-Indonesian descent in the Netherlands.
I wrote this piece in 2011 as an entry for a column contest for a well-known Dutch beer brand. The brief was ‘a toast to the wayward’. I accidentally laid it on a little thick with my beer references and I’d imagine that’s part of the reason this didn’t make the cut. Again, in Dutch…
This column about Valentine’s Day versus Steak and a Blowjob Day first appeared on Mart Radio for Roet in het Eten.
I keep getting followed by people, who then unfollow me a week later because I haven’t followed them back.
To remind me that I used to know how to write good, and on the hunt for new old material, I’ll be reposting content from my old blog And the Mieke shall inherit the earth here. Slightly edited, of course. First up: Winkers.
This column first appeared on Mart Radio for Roet in het Eten. Due to an error there is no recording of my first radio performance. I might put up an English translation at a later date.