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Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

In Texas, Beto O’Rourke came within three points of capturing a Senate seat from Ted Cruz. The excitement generated by his campaign may have ...

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Joseph Conrad on Books

Joseph Conrad on Books

“I have not read this author’s books, and if I have read them I have forgotten what they were about.” These words are reported as having been uttered in our midst..

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Cheers

Cheers

Thank you to our 104 generous funders this year! Berfrois will remain publicly funded and advertisement free...

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Rachel Howard: Thirty-Eight

Rachel Howard: Thirty-Eight

The other day a card arrived: a picture of mother, father, and child, teeth bared, cheeks pulsing with fresh blood. The baby looks more like him, with that nearly translucent-white skin.

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Mooching Nibbles

Mooching Nibbles

I dreamed the American dream,” Anthony Scaramucci writes in his memoir, “Trump, the Blue-Collar President,” a work of Trump hagiography that also recounts the Mooch’s rise...

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Truffling Perfumes

Truffling Perfumes

While writing my master’s thesis on DeLillo’s Underworld, I reached a strange level of intimacy with the book.

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Czesław Miłosz’s Century: Berfrois Interviews Andrzej Franaszek

Czesław Miłosz’s Century: Berfrois Interviews Andrzej Franaszek

As you can imagine, there was no need to edit much in his articles. But I would ask him if he was sure about something. Miłosz was very willing to write and work...

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Ed Simon: Reading Walter Raleigh’s Poetry of Blood

Ed Simon: Reading Walter Raleigh’s Poetry of Blood

Raleigh is often remembered as a dignified refugee from the Elizabethan world of courtier scholars, who was abandoned by a Stuart monarchy...

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By late 1940, Britain withdrew most of its agents from Romania…

By late 1940, Britain withdrew most of its agents from Romania…

Deletant skillfully depicts the complicated geopolitical relations in east-central Europe during World War II, and the ways in which Nazi Germany tried to exploit the tensions between Romania, Hungary, and the USSR...

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‘Composition, which seemed a democratic portal, has become another academic specialty’

‘Composition, which seemed a democratic portal, has become another academic specialty’

The 2016 presidential election made me more aware of two demographic groups. One is made up of young American males, mostly white and not college educated. They wavered, surprisingly, between two candidates — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

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John Marston’s Scars

John Marston’s Scars

The credits kept rolling, and the fonts got smaller. Some pleasant instrumental music started playing. Soon came the quality assurance testers, the names of whose rank-and-file members were listed in massive blocks spread across four pages.

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‘We need to provide a platform for Arab voices’

‘We need to provide a platform for Arab voices’

The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power...

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Is Tyrion Lannister related to Daenerys Targaryen?

Is Tyrion Lannister related to Daenerys Targaryen?

Peter Dinklage recently reignited a Game of Thrones fan theory with just four words during an acceptance speech at the 2018 Emmys in September...

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“What rhymes with love?”

“What rhymes with love?”

My personal failed attempt at adolescence: too fat to comfortably fit in the largest (read: not that large!) female band uniform, hopeless awkwardness that manifested itself as a torrent of marginally funny jokes...

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‘Can we live ethically in a cursed world?’

‘Can we live ethically in a cursed world?’

I brought a friend with me the first time I saw Princess Mononoke in an American movie theater. He had no experience with Miyazaki or with Japanese culture or animation...

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