Giving Form to the Fleeting

A Response to Leonard Nolens’ Diary Winterswijk, Sunday 29 November 2009 Poetry, love and alcoholism form a fatal triangle. It’s a fact that they are related, but it’s not that easy to pinpoint the source of their affinity or the reason they so often need each other. What does link them at any rate is…

A Convenient Desert

The Low Countries as a Refuge for the Spirit René Descartes first arrived in the Netherlands in 1618. An officer in the young Republic’s army, which was more or less idle because of the Twelve Years’ Truce, he stayed in Breda for about a year. Subsequently he spent a few years travelling round Central Europe…

Arrival in Antwerp

The traveller from Central Europe, arriving rather late in the evening, with the rear lights of the city’s cars (most of them American) shining like benevolent, sparkling eyes, is struck by the wealth of this city. He had imagined Antwerp differently, not so elegant, not so extravagantly illuminated by neon signs. Something of the ‘fortress…