Episode 49: Jean Pierre RawieFirst aired: Friday, 6 November 2015 at 18.32 hours
Looking at his appearance, you might believe the always well-groomed poet Jean Pierre Rawie just walked out of a nineteenth-century potograph. Was he born in the wrong century? Is he really like that, is it an attitude or might it be rebellion? Jan van Friesland tries to figure it out in this episode of Zwart Wit.
Rawie lives in Groningen, where he is part of the city’s lively artists’ scene. His appearance is striking: always neatly dressed in a dark suit you might find him in one of the Groninger pubs or adjacent terraces. The association he evokes is one of burning candles, moving carriages, beautiful floozies and a glass of wine on the table.
Indeed he hates the present, with all its modern developments. Though he owns one, he calls his cellphone ‘telephone’. Is he a melancholic romantic who fears the future or a snob with an attitude? In his new book “My parents had one child and a daughter”, Rawie portrays himself in an extremely funny and self-deprecating way. Is there more common sense behind this remarkable man?