Berfrois

Owen Vince: Peaks Memes

Owen Vince: Peaks Memes

James Hurley - forehead contorted into the bland echo of a mummified Incan princeling - can never be cool. He is ‘the original sad boy’. Sad reacts only.

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That Guerrilla Frisson, Though

That Guerrilla Frisson, Though

It has become customary, at literary festivals in these troubled times to speak of translation in its myriad, metamorphic dimensions as something of a panacea for the world’s ills.

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Strings are tied to your limbs…

Strings are tied to your limbs…

The inner motion of fear is a thick book of old tricks that brims with almost invisible, almost silent improvisations—that’s why it cannot be anticipated.

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It’s Sonya Tolstaya’s Letters

It’s Sonya Tolstaya’s Letters

The 2009 film The Last Station, based on a fine book by Jay Parini and featuring Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, made the story of Lev Tolstoy’s last days accessible to many who had not read the biographies.

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Mission, Statement

Mission, Statement

At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users.

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Lonely Fodder

Lonely Fodder

He would call me late in the night from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling.

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FREE UNIVERSITY TUITION

FREE UNIVERSITY TUITION

What was heartening about the general election was that it suggested a new symbolic status for policy of the sort that technocratic politics was unable to manufacture.

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The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

Paid domestic work is not recognised in my country, neither socially nor economically. This absence of recognition is experienced by thousands of women who do this type of work

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Microdosing LSD really quieted that “Hey! You suck!” voice…

Microdosing LSD really quieted that “Hey! You suck!” voice…

Well, I still have that voice in my head that tells me, “Hey! You suck!” But the thing about microdosing is that it really quieted that voice.

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America’s id is racist…

America’s id is racist…

Cuck videos frequently have racial dynamics — white men eroticize their anxiety about black-male sexuality by creating humiliation fantasies that involve sexually superior black rivals.

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Be Better Buzzfeeders

Be Better Buzzfeeders

Before the books arrived, Adam Gopnik, in an effort to be polite, almost contradicted the essential insight of his life.

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The Ghastly Albion Hotel

The Ghastly Albion Hotel

Comedy is hardly the first thing one associates with Sebald’s work, partly because his reputation was quickly associated with the literature of the Holocaust

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The Second Annual Queer Translations Issue from Queen Mob’s Teahouse

The Second Annual Queer Translations Issue from Queen Mob’s Teahouse

The word translation itself contains the prefix trans, signifying movement rather than stability. Instead of thinking of translation as an exchange of “this” for “that” we are looking for pieces that somehow seek to retain the quality of movement and motion and change between languages and cultures.

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His face goes ashen…

His face goes ashen…

The opening scene of Rebecca Solnit’s essay “Men Explain Things to Me” is, by now, a familiar one, not only because it’s repeated so often whenever Solnit is written about

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Love Was Everything

Love Was Everything

There are certain things that when said are erotic no matter who says them or how they actually feel about you. Words that carry electricity, power, and charge inside of them.

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