Nice Boys in a Cold World

The Literary Works of Nescio ‘Nescio’: who on earth would hide behind a peculiar name like that? But that’s just what the businessman Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh did in 1911. ‘Nescio’ is a Latin verb form that literally means ‘I don’t know’. It’s my guess that in choosing the name he meant to say, ‘Reader,…

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…