liberal arts education fails Mae Holland – book reviews for the week

Just finished The Circle by Dave Eggers As a parable cautioning against the perils of privacy loss in the digital age, The Circle fails miserably. I’m inclined to be generous to Eggers, though, and if you set aside the notion that he has anything prescient or insightful to say about big data, sharing, or online privacy (he…

2016 Pride Parade in Amsterdam

Gay Pride is one of my favorite holidays in Amsterdam. Everyone is in a good mood and the weather always manages to cooperate. Trenton and I made up a picnic and found a great spot by the water early in the day. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the Pride Parade.

2016 Drag Queen Olympics in Amsterdam

I’d been looking forward to this event all year. I missed out on the Drag Queen Olympics in 2015, arriving too late and with the wrong crowd to enjoy it. This time around I was eager to fully soak in all the rhinestones and sequins, so I got there early, parked myself in a good spot near the stage and…

embracing and avoiding books by white guys – book reviews for the week

Just finished The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck It feels a little silly to attempt to say anything at all about such a classic piece of literature. I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed reading it, and I’m glad I hung onto it all these years after 11th grade English. The dialogue is written dialectally,…

bike trip from Haarlem to Zandvoort

We started our trip, in earnest, at Haarlem Station. We bought day passes in order to take our bicycles on the train and it couldn’t have been easier. We cycled from our apartment to Amsterdam Centraal Station, hopped on an Intercity to Haarlem and were soon on our way. The Art Nouveau style at Haarlem…