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Hi, I'm Oscar, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

Currently reading

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom

Løgnerens Paradis: Roman (Paperback)

Løgnerens Paradis: Roman (Paperback) - J.F. Johnson Tandberg A fast-paced story, full of drugs, sex, crime, excrement and combinations of the above. Normally, I'm not averse to a little dirrty action in a 'realistic' book, but in Tandberg's case, it's what you'd call gratuitous - there seems to be nothing behind it all, except for the shock and the action. To make matters worse, it's set in Amsterdam; as if our dear capitol needed an even worse image. In short: dirty realism has seen better examples.