Berfrois

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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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 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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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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