Written by Tom van der Meij Conversation and daydreaming in Parisian bars, the peacefulness of the daily commute between suburb and city, the sun-struck elegance of French seaside resorts, long-dwelling conversations on love; jealousy, insecurity, searching and longing for happiness. These are some of the recurring themes in the movies
By Tom van der Meij Kudos is the name of the 2018 novel that ended Rachel Cusk’s outline trilogy, with earlier works named Transit and Outline. These sparse titles work as fine characterizations for Kudos as well. The main character, a woman named Faye, finds herself in an unnamed seaside
By Federico Arcuri and Mats van den Boogert Introduction When Kim Mirae left South Korea to work at Leiden University as an intern teacher three years ago, she noticed how each year the classrooms got fuller and fuller with students willing to learn her mother language. The Korean language has
By Federico Arcuri “Is this restaurant Orientalist?” It all started as a joke. The restaurant Amazing Taste, located between Schouwburgstraat and Wijnhaven, is our go-to restaurant when I and my peers want to grab something to eat after a long day at uni or in between two classes. Besides its strategic location, what
By Arianna Pearlstein Trigger warning: This article discusses eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa, which some may find distressing. However, if you feel you are struggling with an eating disorder, please scroll to the end of this article for several resources. Imagine, there is a loud buzzing noise in your head.
By Guillermo Cardenas In his 2009 speech in Cairo, Barack Obama mentioned Cordoba: “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition”. Obama used al-Andalus as proof of the tradition of tolerance of Islam. In the context of the
By Tom van der Meij Look around you. Look at the phone in your hand or the laptop on your table, the lightbulbs that enlighten your walls and furniture, the machinery in your kitchen. Look outside, at the street lighting, cars, people with headphones, airplanes, billboards. Think of the things