About Amsterdam

Manu Joseph writes about people and spaces around Spui, in the tourist hub of Amsterdam. His dry humor is enjoyable as much as his reading of the place interesting. The trams disappear just that way! His is going after happiness as a theme, as I figure from his columns. If it is to bust this whole [...]

On Writing Well - 2Reading Zinsser on writing. On words he has these lines to leave the reader with -“Remember that words are the only tools you’ve got. Learn to use them with originality and care. And also remember: somebody out there is listening.”Zinsser is laying down the world of expression and writing for me, [...]

Writing: the personal transactionWilliam Zinsser’s On Writing Well for this week. The man makes tremendous sense in his observations about writing and the process. Early on, he notes that ‘ultimately the product that any writer has to sell is not the subject being written about, but who he or she is.’ That is the personal [...]

When there’s nothing else to doWilliam Burroughs speaks of why and when of his writing. No fancy reason. Plain boredom, perhaps. Someone now got plenty of it and nearing that age -BURROUGHSI started to write in about 1950; I was thirty-five at the time; there didn’t seem to be any strong motivation. I simply was [...]

Pause at the edge of the country’…and it’s not this end but all the days of going under from which I will have to recover.’Remarkable end of an otherwise explicit piece by Erica Ehrenberg. More Scandinavian pieces this week.

Henry Miller on life Waking up to a morning overcast with rain. The greyness is typical of this city in these months. Even before coffee, there is a need for words. Some words that can invoke the morning. For today, it is Henry Miller’s words on ‘a well lived life’ that almost reads like a [...]