Author Archives: inezhollander

Walden Pond Intimations: The Time for Civil Disobedience Has Come


“There will never be a really free and enlightened State,” Thoreau wrote, “until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” Thoreau asks for a State that is “just to all men” and “to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor.”
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The Meaning of High School and Reunions: BS Reunions? #mendelcollege


  You read that right… High School… Who cares, right? Someone contacted me on LinkedIn this week. Someone from High School. He asked me whether I was going to our HS Reunion this year. I haven’t been to any of … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of Books… and the Stuff You’ll Find…


I have too many books. The fact is we have lived in this house for over twenty years, so we need to start shedding and shredding stuff or else our kids will be burdened with all that shit when we … Continue reading

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Coming Home


I haven’t blogged for ages because I try to reserve those spare hours for writing on my Miller book, but after a rather frantic vacation (How to see five countries in under three weeks… madness), I feel empty, frustrated and … Continue reading

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I Love My Cunt


Maybe it’s because I grew up with the word “kont” which is your rear in Dutch, but, as such, related to English cunt. The word first emerged in Middle English (cunte) and had related words in Old Norse (kunta) and … Continue reading

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Cycling Rage and White Male Privilege


Here’s just something to get off my chest because I’ve come across this behavior several times now. As I was biking up Wild Cat Canyon, an older guy passed me on his bike but I guess the passing of a … Continue reading

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Philip Roth (1933-2018)


“Don’t judge it. Just write it. Don’t judge it. It’s not for you to judge it.” ~ Philip Roth I was going at a steady clip, writing my daily pages for my Henry Miller book but then the GDPR (if … Continue reading

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Spooning with a Pitbull


OK– my bad… I was going to blog regularly this year about the things that give me joy, as it’s the points of light in the day that keep us going but I’m not going to lie about it: it … Continue reading

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Tending One’s Garden


“The man who tends a garden is the man most directly in touch with God.” ~ Henry Miller For those of you who read my debut memoir, Ontwaken uit de Amerikaanse droom, you know that I have been wrestling with … Continue reading

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Side Trip to Corfu, Greece


There were many things that made my day today but what stood out was Henry Miller’s letters to Ana├»s Nin. The year was 1939 and as the war came closer, and Miller talked of “international gangsterism” and lack of noble … Continue reading

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