When P. Jonas Bekker was little he wanted to be a homeless person. Failing to achieve this dream, he went on to botch careers as a punk rock musician, a scientist, a drunk, a computer programmer and a bank executive before finally settling down in a quiet town near the Dutch-German border. There, he now spends much of his time drinking black coffee, listening to old blues records and scribbling in his countless notebooks.
Language is the very stuff our culture is made of. Think about it: religion, philosophy, politics; it's all language. What better basic material can there be for an artist?
Being a writer is, of course, also a convenient excuse for walking around unshaven and not having a social life.
Bohumil Hrabal - Too loud a solitude. The best book ever written.
And of course Hunter S. Thompson, Kinky Friedman (gotta love the Kinksta!) Dostoievsky, John Kennedy Toole, Charles Bukowski, Don DeLillo, Chekhov, Knut Hamsun, Guenter Grass, Heinrich Boell, Vikram Seth, Dante, Homer, Virgil, Ovid and many of the great contemporary Dutch poets.
Thank you for your comment about "The Naked Mountain" - glad you liked it.
Thanks so much for your appreciative review of my story. You're a great audience for my stupid jokes( don't know what that says about both of us) and the happy coincidence of your and Savannah's selecting stories of mine has really made this a great occasion. It's probably not for me to say this, but I really enjoyed the writing of the review, quite as funny as you allege some of mine to be.
All the best
thanks for your comment on "flatulence", jonas - good to hear you threw off yer shackles...
Hi, P. Jonas! Thank you for reading and commenting on my story.
Interesting comment on my Sr. Center story.
Thanks. I consider comments to be acceptances. Then in my bio I say; "published and widely read in the Netherlands."
P. Jonas, I appreciate your post about my "quitting" story. Thanks for the read and the great reaction.
Obviously, I have reason to like your method of trolling the side rivulets, but even aside from that it seems like a good idea. I read longer stories which amounts to the same thing since most of them are little read, and most of those are good.
Thanks for breathing a bit of life back into my story with your reading it and the kind words. Much appreciated.
Thanks for posting on my wall! My presence on yours will probably put “Supernaut” back in your head if it’s gone out. I would apologize but I can’t for such an excellent song. Seriously, glad to see someone else has an appreciation.
Saw Ministry perform that song live about 20 years ago (how has it been that long ago?). I was happy to see a proper studio version of it released a few years ago.