David Swatling grew up in rural New York, studied theatre at Syracuse University, and pursued an acting career on both coasts—before moving to Amsterdam in 1985. He produced arts and culture programs for Radio Netherlands Worldwide and is a three-time winner of the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award, among other international honors. He wrote for Amsterdam’s first gay weekly Trash in the Streets and hosted Alien, a local gay radio show. He continues to blog about the arts and LGBTQ issues—from Amsterdam and elsewhere. Calvin’s Head is his first novel.
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by David Swatling
Life in Amsterdam isn’t all windmills and tulips when you’re homeless. Jason Dekker lives in a jeep with his dog, Calvin, on the outskirts of the city. A thesis on Van Gogh brought him to the Netherlands, and the love of Dutch artist Willy Hart convinced him to stay. But Willy is gone and Dekker is on the brink of a total meltdown.
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