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CJ Chanco talks to Marc H. Ellis

CJ Chanco talks to Marc H. Ellis

Marc Ellis has written over two dozen texts on the themes of justice, reconciliation, peace and conflict in Latin America and the Middle East. He is best known for his work on the links between the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

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State School Myths: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn (Again)

State School Myths: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn (Again)

As for our own free schools, there is mounting evidence that not only do many of these face as many, if not more, problems than the schools they were designed to replace

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These Coffees Are Making Me Thirsty by Russell Bennetts

These Coffees Are Making Me Thirsty by Russell Bennetts

Before her coffee, my mom was all body and no voice. She’d walk to the kitchen in silence, looking extra thin.

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Amanda DeMarco interviews Hannes Bajohr

Amanda DeMarco interviews Hannes Bajohr

I call what I do “corpus poetry” because I start with gathering a large body of text—a corpus—which I then process according to specific rules. It's similar to older poetics that work with found text.

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Russell Bennetts: Coffee’s On

Russell Bennetts: Coffee’s On

As far as your questions goes, I’m going to have to defer the question the same way I defer my loans: indefinitely.

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Jay Aquinas Thompson Interviews Eric Weisbard

Jay Aquinas Thompson Interviews Eric Weisbard

Eric Weisbard wrote twenty years ago, introducing the voluminous, era-summarizing, contrarian and contradictory Spin Alternative Record Guide.

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Owen Vince on HARK

Owen Vince on HARK

As a poet, you are your grandmother; you are browsing the obituaries with a red pen and an address book in your hand. The air is too warm, the heating always on; there are pink plants drooping against the Roman blinds.

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Flat White Lit Chat by Russell Bennetts

Flat White Lit Chat by Russell Bennetts

I’d rather stick a needle in my eye than drink a really strong coffee. Coffee is made when the devil passes water. Tea, however, is the true blood of the living God.

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Russell Bennetts: Coffee, My House, Be There

Russell Bennetts: Coffee, My House, Be There

When I was three I’d toddled into our kitchen and spied my older sister lifting a steaming cup of chocolate-colored brew to her lips and I’d begged – begged – for a taste. It was likely something 1960s and horrible, like Folgers with some powdered creamer.

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Rosie Clarke Chats to Amelia Gray

Rosie Clarke Chats to Amelia Gray

I get the impulse to look to the canon, but I think we should try and challenge and squash the canon, too.

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Street Fighter: Berfrois Interviews Tariq Ali

Street Fighter: Berfrois Interviews Tariq Ali

The extreme centre is a form of government that arose out of neoliberal economics and exists today in virtually the whole of Europe, North America and Australia.

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Russell Bennetts: Coffee For 8

Russell Bennetts: Coffee For 8

There are eight different common types of coffee and eight different types of poems.

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Bharat Azad Meets Adair Turner

Bharat Azad Meets Adair Turner

In a quiet office tucked away in Mayfair – over a long table so white I am hesitant to even place my fingers on it – Adair Turner is speaking to me about the nature of money.

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Berfrois Lifts

Berfrois Lifts

Russian poetry calls for humaneness, respect and love. Instead of this, Mr Putin brings war and impoverishment to the already poor people of Russia.

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Postgraduate education has been one of our culture’s most prominent expressions of upper-class privilege…

Postgraduate education has been one of our culture’s most prominent expressions of upper-class privilege…

My father wrote his share of poems in high school in India. He still recites verses—though never his own—in Punjabi on occasional late evenings. My mother, the daughter of a schoolteacher and at the top of her high school class in a village not far from my father’s, could...

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Berfrois Swims

Berfrois Swims

1. How much of New York City has Duchamp walked? A walk is a way with one's self - city or not - distance is innerness - (( duchamp knew this / as did few for he was one few of the many - )) duchamp = one of...

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CREATIONGIANT: Berfrois Interviews Blake Butler

CREATIONGIANT: Berfrois Interviews Blake Butler

When I first moved online with my fiction in 2006 the first name to repeat consistently in literary circles was Blake Butler. I remember those first days, clicking from online journal to online journal, from blog to blog, feeling inspired from what he was doing.

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Berfrois Munches

Berfrois Munches

A red duck is no joke. Neither is ringworm, which my Sheridan got from an auld cat while he was exploring an alley in London for artistic purposes. Speaking of Sheridan, my lovely boy’s now residing in Birmingham: you should see his new series of watercolours entitled Lord of...

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Masha Tupitsyn Interviews Margarita Tupitsyn

Masha Tupitsyn Interviews Margarita Tupitsyn

My mother and I smoked cigarettes, drank wine, ate, walked around, went to galleries, museums, and movies; shopped, all the while covering a tireless range of subjects, as we always have. Minus the wine and cigarettes, my days with her were a lot like my childhood.

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Wittgenstein’s Spade: Berfrois Interviews Paul Horwich

Wittgenstein’s Spade: Berfrois Interviews Paul Horwich

Wittgenstein certainly regarded himself a philosopher, and certainly believed in the fundamental truth of what he was saying. So it would be a misleading oversimplification to maintain that he was “against philosophy” or against “the possibility of philosophical truth”. More accurately, what he criticized was a certain kind of...

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