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About meTo all my international friends who (first) learn about me, my books, my fascination for literature and love of language, here are some quotes I feel very strong about:

- Although I do not really believe man is manufacturable, I believe great novels are indispensable because they create hope, give us the living illusion that this world has a kernel and a meaning, and they give us pleasure because this impression remains with every page we turn (Orhan Pamuk).

- Books just help me to find a meaning in how I stand in this world: they guide me in serious questions, my reflection and perspective on the world (Gerrit Komrij).

- Reading is a nice antidotum to the rat race we live in. The problem with the rat race? Even when you win, you are still a rat (Lily Tombin).

- Poetry is wondering about mankind and all its strange curves, despair about the inadequacy of it, delight about existence 'an sich'. It is at the same time philosophy and a game, wisdom and wit, light-footed and deadly serious (Wislawa Szymborska).

And furthermore:
I live in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, called Flanders. So, a Flemish citizen is a Belgian who speaks Dutch. On the one hand, it's not all that complicated (like an Austrian who speaks German), on the other hand some people make a lot of fuss about it. Flemish people don't have a nation but we have an identity.
- Only in experiencing the local, the particular, one can transcend it. True diversity is experiencing the 'other', what is new to me/us, confront it with my 'own' world. If it doesn't clash, we are not challenged (I think Benno Barnard said this).

About my libraryThe books on English Language Teaching are located and ready to be consulted at the Cultuurbibliotheek Brugge: www.cultuurbibliotheek.be






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