1. Amsterdam Stories in New Amsterdam

    When so-called grownups retrace their younger days, they sometimes realize they might not have been so naive after all. Everything they once believed and lived, everything they once felt, was authentic and perhaps even correct. The abandonment of youthful notions was inevitable and necessary. In that, there is sadness, but also memories that are not nostalgic but hard-won and very real. The Dutch fiction writer Nescio presents readers with this human experience, in lyric prose and simple tales…

         — from a review of Amsterdam Stories in The Rumpus, which we think sums up (some of) Nescio’s themes very well, read the rest here. Slate also ran an excerpted edition of Joseph O’Neill’s introduction, read it here. And the photo above was from Monday’s event at Greenlight Bookstore where translator Damion Searls talked to O’Neill about Nescio and the book. We also got to drink jenever, inspired by the book.