Berfrois

Scherezade and Theophilus win!

Scherezade and Theophilus win!

Congratulations to Scherezade Siobhan and Theophilus Kwek, the winners of the second Berfrois Poetry Prize!

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‘Podcast listening carries with it a faint aura of cultural snobbery’

‘Podcast listening carries with it a faint aura of cultural snobbery’

We are living through a great flowering of the podcast industry, whose province of iTunes is something like a frontier boomtown right now, teeming with hastily erected new storefronts.

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Subtitles have often been used to draw together linguistic communities….

Subtitles have often been used to draw together linguistic communities….

Today I am visiting a hospital. When I enter the wards, I return to another world of voices. At the nurse’s station: Tagalog, Burmese, or Indonesian-accented Malay.

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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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