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‘There were always more books than the small shelves could contain’

‘There were always more books than the small shelves could contain’

I grew up in the aftermath of Nasser’s Egypt, where public education was made free for all. For me, learning has always been remote…

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How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

The post-1968 era inaugurated the unraveling of Japanese anthropology’s transwar consensus about its goals to produce objective, field-based research that uncovered universal laws of social development and diffusion...

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Rachel Howard: How We Voted

Rachel Howard: How We Voted

I now worship, through my computer, at a church 140 miles away, where talk of “social justice” is a normal part of nearly every sermon...

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Sikkim’s Integration/Annexation/Merger

Sikkim’s Integration/Annexation/Merger

How the change came about is a story with multiple plots involving India’s greatest spymaster, a defiant king, his ambitious political rival, and two enigmatic foreign women...

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Vida Goldstein and Australasian Suffragists in the International Sphere

Vida Goldstein and Australasian Suffragists in the International Sphere

What does this Federation-era snapshot tell us about Australia’s relationship to the wider world? And what is Goldstein’s place in larger histories of Australasian suffrage and democracy?

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Call for Poetry Submissions

Call for Poetry Submissions

We are very happy to announce that Berfrois is currently welcoming Poetry Submissions...

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Albert Rolls: Myself/Condition

Albert Rolls: Myself/Condition

Wilt thou rob this leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, non-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue Spanish pouch?

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With the Seine as its mirror and protector…

With the Seine as its mirror and protector…

The site has been holy since antiquity, perhaps explaining why Notre Dame feels spiritual, even for nonbelievers. A Druid shrine and then a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter, the chief of the Roman gods, are believed to have stood on this spot...

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Journalism Planet

Journalism Planet

Is the title limited to hard-news reporters? Are bloggers journalists? Are producers at media corporations and TV programs journalists?

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A History of the Idea of Ending Poverty

A History of the Idea of Ending Poverty

History confirms the intuition that ‘ending poverty’ has little political traction as a near-term goal when mass chronic poverty is seen to be the norm and poor citizens have little political influence...

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Coding Children

Coding Children

A striking example is the distinction that one family made between using digital technology as a producer/creator and using it merely as a consumer; the parents sought to ensure that their children fall into the first group, with the aim of one day becoming a leader in the new...

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‘Pigs were the consummate meat of the early Middle Ages’

‘Pigs were the consummate meat of the early Middle Ages’

Even the Christians who loved to eat pigs vilified them as greedy, dirty, destructive animals. This reputation was woven into the scriptures that early medieval readers studied and quoted and wove into their own stories and texts...

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Marian Janssen on John Berryman

Marian Janssen on John Berryman

Letters are always self-involved, but Berryman’s are often insufferably self-obsessed, even if they are meant to be letters of condolence...

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Reparations as an Enduring Social Movement

Reparations as an Enduring Social Movement

Black folk took up reparations for slavery as an enduring social movement, bequeathed from generation to generation...

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Where’s the Veg?

Where’s the Veg?

It’s a common enough scenario. A vegetarian has been invited to a friend’s place for dinner. The host forgets that the guest is a vegetarian, and places a pork chop in front of her. What is she to do?

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Merovingians in the Mediterranean

Merovingians in the Mediterranean

When one thinks about the Merovingians—and, really, who doesn’t?—one seldom thinks of the Mediterranean. There is good reason for that...

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Zigzag Waffle Rabbit

Zigzag Waffle Rabbit

And so on, as before, in a roundabout way, using more words to say nothing than necessary...

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Stuart Walton: Freud’s Life

Stuart Walton: Freud’s Life

The analytic approach to mental and emotional pathology has never quite shaken loose its origins in improvised postulation and ethereal supposition.

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Ki & Kin

Ki & Kin

If the tree is ki, what about the acorns? They agree that the acorns are kin, a whole family of little beings...

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