The Fall of Arthur: skim before savouring

With The Fall of Arthur we have a new Tolkien book in store. At first it seems a decent read, at second, a rip-off. Yet, I don’t regret having bought the book. The hardcover version has 233 pages of which 40 pages contain the actual, unfinished, poem. The story starts when Arthur goes to the…

Gamification & Education

School is a video game. You have stages or levels (the different forms) with each containing a boss fight or test. You have to master certain skills to continue to the next level, you have fellow gamers within a same clan, which are called classes. You can, in many countries, choose a personalised path towards…

Alain de Botton – Status Anxiety

Don’t have high expectations of Alain de Botton’s Status Anxiety, it is not a self-help book, it doesn’t deliver extraordinary new insights and it doesn’t leave you with a satisfied answer to the question how to deal with the everyday anxiety of our status in society. However, walking on well-trodden paths, Status Anxiety offers a…

Norrie Woodhall – “I am ready”

Watching Countrywise an ITV series on the English countryside I heard a poem by Norrie Woodhall. It made me feel melancholy but ended with a smile. Norrie Woodhall, aged 105, is the last person to know Thomas Hardy. She played with the Hardy Players, a drama group playing out the novels by Thomas Hardy. The…

A.S. Byatt – The Children’s Book Genealogy

This genealogy is a first attempt to map the social structures in The Children’s Book  by A.S. Byatt. I have included most of the characters, but not all, like servants and maids. Also characters who have no family relation with the main characters have been omitted like the Tartarinovs, Artur Dobbin, Toby Youlgreave and Joachim…

Spanning in een kubus

Let op, Spoilers Nu iedereen zich verlekkert aan het peperdure dure Avatar leek het mij een mooi moment een oude low-budget film serie opnieuw te gaan kijken: Cube. The Cube serie (1997-2004) wordt ook wel een intelligente horror genoemd. Een groep mensen zit vast een een constructie opgemaakt uit allerlei vierkante kamers. In sommige kamers…