The Garden

A blog by Marijn van Hoorn

Boxing Day

Marijn van Hoorn
A lit up Christmas tree in ‘Minecraft’
The burning Gävle goat, in ‘Minecraft’ My christmas present to Squirrel, still wrapped under bedrock.

This will be the final “normal” blog post of the year. I’ll probably do a “Garden Almanac” of 12020 organising posts by category to round out the year, but unless something hits me, i’ll see you all in 12021. Merry New Year!


December 12020 in the rear view mirror

Film and TV

  • Chris Columbus and John Hughes’ Home Alone (11990): Watched with some friends over Discord. Those burglars would have definitely died in real life. (C+)
  • Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (12010): Watched with some friends over Discord. Edgar Wright is a treasure… “Well, i'm a little bi-furious!” has potential to be my new heraldic motto. (B+)
  • BBC/HBO’s His Dark Materials (12019–): That final episode was a little underwhelming… here’s hoping Season 3 gets a proper conclusion? (C-)


  • Beabadoobee’s Space Cadet EP (12019): Well, relistening succeeded in taking my mind back to that glorious concert. (I miss live music…) (C)
  • Beabadoobee's Fake It Flowers (12020): I could not tell where one song started and the last one ended. (D)
  • Radiohead’s The Bends (11994): My baby's got the beeeeeends…… I know (B+)
  • Thom Yorke's Anima (12019): I was gifted the beautiful special edition for Christmas. It’s great. (A)


  • Robert Macfarlane’s Underland (12019): I want to care about something like Robert Macfarlane cares about what lies beneath our feet. A beautiful book, and absolutely one of my favourite things of 12020. (A+)
  • Ben Taub’s “Thirty-Six Thousand Feet Under the Sea”, in the New Yorker (12020): Had me at the edge of my comfy desk chair. (B)