Berfrois

PROPER HAMBURGER

PROPER HAMBURGER

London rebrands as ‘Smart City’. So how dumb does that make me feel? How alienated and leaden-footed and stubbornly off-grid?

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‘Publishing can be a bitter war’

‘Publishing can be a bitter war’

Publishing can be a bitter war between editors who love books and businessmen who love only money—but if you are lucky, it should not be.

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The Dramatic Curtisism

The Dramatic Curtisism

When Adam Curtis’s new documentary HyperNormalisation premiered last fall, the journalist Chris Applegate compiled an Adam Curtis Bingo card.

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One way or another, men and women would keep going to classes together, even without being able to study side by side in the library…

One way or another, men and women would keep going to classes together, even without being able to study side by side in the library…

One way or another, men and women would keep going to classes together at Harvard, as they had for decades, even without being able to study side by side in the library until 1967.

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‘A much less mobile practice that involves complicated paraphernalia’

‘A much less mobile practice that involves complicated paraphernalia’

“How to Murder Your Life” bills itself as a kind of opposite-day how-to, an edgewise complement to the countless books, magazine articles, life-coaching sessions, Facebook support groups, and daily Instagram affirmations that detail the steps to creativity, beauty, smarts, and power.

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X’s Lost Signals

X’s Lost Signals

And yet, dear old X can’t help but know that, somehow, we need each other. You and X, Bennetts, straight down the line, hand in hand, to the bitter end.

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Kind and Yielding

Kind and Yielding

If it’s worth coining a term for the sort of work that a few other scholars and I are doing, we might call it "Narrative Historicism." Narrative Historicism is like any other historicism in that it assumes a text’s significance is not immanent but rather radiates outward.

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Attending AWP is akin to a Kierkegaardian leap of faith…

Attending AWP is akin to a Kierkegaardian leap of faith…

When AWP organized its first conference in 1973, it became “an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers.”

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Owen Vince: The Possibility of Kindness

Owen Vince: The Possibility of Kindness

Now more than ever, it is crucial that we stand up to and reject this normalization of racism and populist, far-right ideology. That we reject the narratives of the far and extreme right.

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Angry Young Socialist

Angry Young Socialist

Though no one would mistake Hare for a populist—his dozens of plays, adaptations, TV and movie scripts, several books, and countless newspaper columns are too cerebral for that—he has struck an antiestablishment stance since his early career.

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‘Which side are you on?’

‘Which side are you on?’

The woman with sandy brown hair was nodding and smiling and crying as she sat behind the wheel of her stationary car on the Southeast Freeway in Washington DC. We made our black-clad way through the rows of quiet vehicles while chanting and clapping and smiling at those we...

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“Editorial policy is defined at the top of the BBC”

“Editorial policy is defined at the top of the BBC”

In the interwar period, the system of broadcasting pioneered by the BBC was referred to as ‘remote state control’. It emerged from a situation where politicians did not want a chaotic system of broadcasting to develop, especially given the presumed political power of the new medium.

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Informal actors came to the Kremlin’s aid…

Informal actors came to the Kremlin’s aid…

"Kompromat", meaning compromising materials, as a tactic to smear one's opponents, came into use in Russia in the late 1990s, and back then it was a mix of intercepted phone calls and analytical profiles prepared by the oligarchs' shadowy security details or the government security services.

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Various Costumed Dramas

Various Costumed Dramas

“I can’t just sit here and watch Netflix for the next four years and disappear into various costumed dramas,” said Belieu, the “Writers Resist” organizer. “I’m not going to live in fear. And I’m not going to keep my mouth shut.”

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Jesse Miksic: A Bad Dream for a New Year

Jesse Miksic: A Bad Dream for a New Year

It turned out 2016 was not just a "terrible year." Like most conventional wisdom, that chestnut turned out to be bunk.

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Cranked-Up, Extreme Tabloid Machine

Cranked-Up, Extreme Tabloid Machine

With the incorporation of the ’60s counter-culture into the machinery of normalisation, the re-emergence of an underground from the late ’70s onward corresponded to an increasingly fraught and combative stance.

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Write Our Democracy

Write Our Democracy

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as we reaffirm our commitment to a tolerant and diverse society. Free and open to the public. One of over 40 events worldwide.

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This Be the Construct

This Be the Construct

When I used to come to Venice in the 1970s I ate, sometimes every night, at Montin’s, now quite a celebrated restaurant and a short walk from the Accademia.

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