Catcalling, one extremely mean and hypocritical talent show judge, stuff that Sesame Street managed to do so much better, and…  Iron Man-hands?!  The Reading Dutchwoman continues. Read more at http://overthehorse.com/60-years-of-eurovision-ranking-the-dutch-part-4-30-21-the-inbetweeners

Catcalling, one extremely mean and hypocritical talent show judge, stuff that Sesame Street managed to do so much better, and… Iron Man-hands?! The Reading Dutchwoman continues. Read more at http://overthehorse.com/60-years-of-eurovision-ranking-the-dutch-part-4-30-21-the-inbetweeners

Von Kotzewho? - by Lars Sanders. "Every student of German history knows the name of the playwright August Von Kotzebue. Not because his plays were especially good, but because he was stabbed to death in 1819 by the radicalist theology student Karl Ludwig Sand. Back in 1800..." Read more at  http://overthehorse.com/von-kotzewho

The playwright, the murder, and. well, one of his plays Every student of German history knows the name of the playwright August Von Kotzebue.

Honoring the LoveLink Sisters - by Lars Sanders. Two Flemish sisters, one famous poetical tearjerker, a monkey in a red vest, and a tower... Lars gives an homage to Rosalie and Virginie Loveling. Read more at http://overthehorse.com/honoring-lovelink-sisters

On Sunday the of April 1912 the Flemish city of Gent buzzes with activity.

About Turkish Delight (Turks fruit), a ‘Typically Dutch’ ‘Love Story’, and F-ing Fifty Shades of Grey: A Rant and More - by Gabrielle Pinkster. So, let's talk about sex... in literature. Read more at http://overthehorse.com/turkish-delight-turks-fruit-typically-dutch-love-story-f-ing-fifty-shades-grey-rant

About Turkish Delight (Turks fruit), a ‘Typically Dutch’ ‘Love Story’, and F-ing Fifty Shades of Grey: A Rant and More - by Gabrielle Pinkster. So, let's talk about sex... in literature. Read more at http://overthehorse.com/turkish-delight-turks-fruit-typically-dutch-love-story-f-ing-fifty-shades-grey-rant

Felix Von Luckner: The Life and Times of a Sea-Devil -- by Lars Sanders. While the Amsterdam Sail is drawing to its close as we speak, Lars takes a look at another remarkable sailor... Read more at http://overthehorse.com/felix-von-luckner-the-life-and-times-of-a-sea-devil

One of my visits to a second hand book store rewarded me with a 1923 volume of a book with the imaginative title The Sea-Devil Conquers America.

Dull tearjerkers, possibly racist lyrics, and a very cheerful travel agency commercial.  "Ranking the Dutch" continues... Read more at http://overthehorse.com/60-years-of-eurovision-ranking-the-dutch-part-2-50-41-meh

A look back… In the early in a Europe still divided by the aftermath of WWII, the Switzerland-based European Broadcasting Union had an idea: let’s bring all the countries we

Offensive headgear, boring hippie crap, and cheerful sexist lyrics... The Reading Dutchwoman decided to rank 60 years of Dutch Eurovision entries. Starting with the worst. Read more at http://overthehorse.com/60-years-of-eurovision-ranking-the-dutch-part-1-56-51-the-very-bad

60 Years of Eurovision: Ranking the Dutch - Part 1 The Very Bad

On Blackfaces, Black Faces, and Black Pete - By R-Man. As many of you might know, the Netherlands have been under worldwide scrutiny for the past few years regarding one of our holiday traditions. At Overthehorse.com our personal opinions on the subject tend to differ. So a few of us decided to write about them. R-Man kicks off with a look at Dutch folklore and European history... Read more at http://overthehorse.com/blackfaces-black-faces-black-pete

A look at Dutch folklore and European history So, there has been some controversy on a certain folkloristic figure in the Netherlands for the past few years.

Johann Gottfried Seume: The Soldier, the Poet, and the Wild Man - By Lars Sanders. In a 1905 collection of nationalist German poetry, tucked away in between twenty pages of Friedrich Von Schiller and a poet called Karl Simrock, Lars found a curious poem about a "Canadian, not yet familiar/ With the whitewashed civility of the European". He went exploring... Read more at http://overthehorse.com/johann-gottfried-seume-the-soldier-the-poet-and-the-wild-man

It must have been years ago that I scored a book from 1905 containing a selection of German poetry compiled by a certain Professor Hermann Kluge.

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