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Playing the Percentages: Berfrois Interviews Danny Dorling

Playing the Percentages: Berfrois Interviews Danny Dorling

The portrait of the 1% in your book is one of sociopathic, power-hungry narcissists with a striking lack of empathy. This may seem antagonistic, but you also write that we “may be making a mistake when we blame them for being greedy. Many of them may not be able to help it. The very rich desperately need the help of the better-adjusted majority.” What can we, the 99%, do to help?

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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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Reality Principles: Berfrois Interviews Frank Smecker

Reality Principles: Berfrois Interviews Frank Smecker

I don't know if I ever wanted to become a theorist. I struggle with this position. For me, it's a hystericized — and therefore neurotic — position, through and through. I'm sometimes repulsed by my own behavior; I hate theorizing because I can't stop doing it. It's lunacy. I...

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Masha Tupitsyn Interviews Margarita Tupitsyn

Masha Tupitsyn Interviews Margarita Tupitsyn

by Masha Tupitsyn I spent the summer of 2013 traveling around France and Italy. I did an artist’s residency for the months of August and September in a small, abandoned village called Marnay-sur-Seine, 40 minutes north of Paris, and a moody stint in Cannes at a family friend’s 1960s...

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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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“The landlord is the Party”

“The landlord is the Party”

Ai Weiwei, Gao Yuan, 2009 by En Liang Khong While China prepared for the 2008 Olympics, the artist Ai Weiwei was busy collaborating with the Swiss architectural firm, Herzog & de Meuron, on the Bird’s Nest stadium. Gradually, Ai began to experience a deep sense of disgust: “I was...

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We Aren’t Being Revolutionaries (We Can Be): Berfrois Interviews Todd McGowan

We Aren’t Being Revolutionaries (We Can Be): Berfrois Interviews Todd McGowan

I understand why Freud at the end of Civilization and Its Discontents said that he couldn’t preach an alternative to the social order as it was, even as he saw it heading for total disaster. Once he jettisons the idea of the good, it becomes almost impossible to envisage...

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Penny Goring & Rauan Klassnik jst spk, woa

Penny Goring & Rauan Klassnik jst spk, woa

by Rauan Klassnik  *** anyone familiar with Penny Goring (her work, her Tumblr, her Tweets) will understand why I’m chuffed to be featuring her here in the 3rd installment of my UK Author’s Spotlight. anyone not familiar with Penny should check her out. most every link in this post...

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Reason to be Cheerful, Part 5

Reason to be Cheerful, Part 5

Frontispiece of Über den Menschen und seine Verhältnisse, by Carl Wilhelm Frölich, 1792. Engraving by Carl Christian Glaßbach From Eurozine: Professor of Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study located in Princeton, New Jersey, Israel built his reputation as a historian of the Spanish and Dutch empires....

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Judith Butler Talks Cohabitation

Judith Butler Talks Cohabitation

Judith Butler. Photograph by Susanne Christensen by Roy Filar In politics, sometimes the thing that will never happen actually starts to happen, preparing the ground for transformation. Judith Butler speaks on the Israel/Palestine conflict and her recent book Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. By now, Judith...

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Elias Tezapsidis: Erik Stinson IRL

Elias Tezapsidis: Erik Stinson IRL

Erik Stinson by Elias Tezapsidis Erik Stinson is a writer of short fiction and poetry, an essayist, web artist and associate copywriter. His most collection of stories, Tropic Midtown, came out on the 18th of April and is available here. The line of Stinson’s creative products are superblurry anyway...

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MEGA Marx: Berfrois Interviews Jonathan Sperber

MEGA Marx: Berfrois Interviews Jonathan Sperber

Marx certainly made lots of hostile comments about Jews in his correspondence, whether about his encounters with obscure individuals or in regard to his relations with his pupil and rival Ferdinand Lassalle. In his 1844 essay “On the Jewish Question,” he denounced Judaism as a religion encouraging haggling, greed,...

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Logan K. Young on The Replacements

I, myself, was barely six months old when Twin/Tone put out The Mats’ Let It Be. The day, they say, was Orwellian: Tuesday, October...

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Tyranny Is a Growth Industry by Vladimir Savich and Zachary Bos

Tyranny is a growth industry. Each day brings exciting new developments. These events imprint themselves upon the world in the form of newspapers, magazines,...

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Tjoa Shze Hui: 1920s

Of the many witticisms that make up The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, one voiced by Picasso really gets under the skin. He says...

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Elias Tezapsidis on Lorentzen, Batuman, Lerner, Smallwood and Stein

Contemporary narrators feel entitled to their own realities now more than ever. The internet has created this fascinating binary, one in which individuals can...

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Henry Giardina on Bob Hope

All mythical creatures need an origin story. The Bob Hope character springs into being, Athena-like, from out of the head of Preston Sturges in...

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Mattilda B. Sycamore: Yearning From Spurning

One problem with gentrification is that it always gets worse. But then I go into a Hooters, and it’s a vintage clothing store. A...

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Alexander McGregor
Alexander McGregor: Trauma

Following World War II, the German philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote, “Nach Auschwitz ein Gedicht zu schreiben, ist barbarisch”: to write poetry after Auschwitz is...

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John Crutchfield: Chords

But music, even bad music, is a symptom of hope, is it not? Naturally one would prefer the music to be good, but any...

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Menachem Feuer on Robin Williams

Regardless of whether you are from Europe, the United States, Asia, or Africa, we can all agree that there is something special about the...

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Reality Principles: Berfrois Interviews Frank Smecker

I don't know if I ever wanted to become a theorist. I struggle with this position. For me, it's a hystericized — and therefore...

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Albert Rolls: Which (Side) Are You On, Man?

James Parker begins his review of Inherent Vice with the quip, “If Thomas Pynchon were a stand-up comedian, and Inherent Vice his newest routine,...

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Keith Doubt
Keith Doubt on Serbia

The intellectual integrity of cultural anthropology is based largely on its commitment to cultural relativism as a principled notion. Cultural relativism is the principle...

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A Gosse in Woolf’s Clothing by Andre Gerard

On May 31, two weeks after his death, and the day before Orlando was sent to the printer, Woolf noted his death as follows:...

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Andrew Gallix: Let’s Go!

Retro-futurism, as we now call it, came out of the closet in the late '70s due to the widespread feeling that there was indeed...

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