FECUND Picnic on literature

A word a day (1)

Word I learned today: Orchidaceous. Means “like an orchid”. The word can imply “ostentatious” or even “gaudy”. Orchids constitute the largest family of flowering plants there is. However, almost each variety of this weird family can only be pollinated by a specific insect or bird, making it highly dependent for survival. (Orchidaceous sneer at Darwin?) Orchid species simply lure pollinators into “pseudocopulation” with bright colours and sweet scents that not only –falsely — promise food but also reproduction. The word “orchid” derives directly from the Greek “orkhis” which means testicle. Orchids were used in ancient and medieval times as aphrodisiacs. (Painting by Georgia O’Keefe)

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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1 Comment

  1. Sanjaya Kala says:

    Not only is your English superb, Julie, I must admire your unique ability to learn new things!! Keep it up.

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