Given you clicked “about” and ended up on this page, you’re probably wondering who the hell is writing this blog. To answer your question, I will tell you a little bit about myself on this page.
For starters, I am a literature and linguistics student at the University of Ghent. (The languages I study are Dutch and English.) I am specifically interested in the literature part and in writing, so it’s not unlikely that some of the posts you will find on this blog will have to do with that. You can find the writing ones in the category “writing rants”.
Besides that, I have an undying passion for collecting books, both old and new – the oldest one in my collection right now dates back to the 1850s. The literary genre that fascinates me most is the adventure novel (like Jules Verne and Jonathan Swift) and folklore, but my interest is quite broad and it shifts often.
However, my interests go further than things that have to do with language. I am also fascinated by cultural studies, psychology, philosophy (even though I can’t seem to pass the damn exam), pedagogy and, to switch things up a little, ocean sciences. I am also slightly obsessed with dogs, as people who know me personally probably know.
“L. Parole” is not my real name. I chose to write under a pseudonym because it made me feel more confident – it allowed me to write more freely than I would have if I had to put my actual name under it. My identity is no secret to most of you, so the use of a pseudonym is something I do for myself, and not to “hide” who I am.
For those of you who wonder where I got it: I derived it from Saussure’s “langue” and “parole”, a theory I did not understand at all, and so I needed something to help me remember it. I was toying around with combinations of the words until I suddenly wrote down “L. Parole”, and I just really liked the sound of that.
I think this covers about most of it. If you still have a question for me, feel free to send me a message on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/L.Parole97/.