Berfrois

Is a night in the woods scarier than a couple silent hills?

Is a night in the woods scarier than a couple silent hills?

The scariest element of Night In the Woods isn’t anything aesthetic at all—and the secret to unlocking it lies in the game’s fundamental mechanic of decision-making...

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As Stacked

As Stacked

I am rearranging my music collection — looking at the album covers, hearing snippets of the songs in my head as I see each one and recall the memories attached to it...

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As Read

As Read

I neither wish to be hated & deified by such as I startle...

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Vergilius Vaticanus and the Puzzle of Ancient Book Culture

Vergilius Vaticanus and the Puzzle of Ancient Book Culture

Texts of Greek and Roman literature do not usually come down to us in lavishly illustrated editions dating back to what we term classical antiquity...

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Katey Keogh was a real Dubliner…

Katey Keogh was a real Dubliner…

Katey worked for a time at the Volta Cinema when she was seventeen...

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Samuel Jay Keyser on Titian

Samuel Jay Keyser on Titian

When an exhibition is devoted to a theme, its paintings take a backseat, often to the detriment of the paintings...

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Contacts

Contacts

Yesterday, while on extended hold with an appliance store, I deleted dead people from my Contacts...

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New Unis of the 60s

New Unis of the 60s

The most remarkable feature of the mould-breaking expansion of higher education that took place across the world in the 1960s was the foundation of some 200 entirely new universities...

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Vietnamese TV Post-’86

Vietnamese TV Post-’86

The extensive development of popular television is one of the most distinctive cultural achievements of the post-Reform era...

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The Wealth of Asteroids: Berfrois Interviews Martin Elvis

The Wealth of Asteroids: Berfrois Interviews Martin Elvis

The penalty in rocket fuel for mining on Mars is pretty big. Asteroids are better...

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Elizabeth Bishop’s Proliferal Style by Angus Cleghorn

Elizabeth Bishop’s Proliferal Style by Angus Cleghorn

Bishop’s persona is part she-moose, part bus; part warrior-fish, part oily vessel; part pastoral idyll, and part atomic bomb...

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Now Quite Retired

Now Quite Retired

The soapwort gentian now. In an old pasture, now grown up to birches and other trees, followed the cow-paths to the old apple trees...

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Groundnut Scheming

Groundnut Scheming

At the sites chosen for the groundnut scheme, tractors and bulldozers from military surplus stores in Egypt proved unable to tackle the hard ground and tough vegetation, so the planners turned to a novel solution: repurposing surplus Sherman M4A2 tanks...

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Sugar Feminists

Sugar Feminists

“Women my age see all relationships as sexual labour,” says Molly. “Why not get paid for it?”

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Italy’s Midsummer Bescheerung by Vernon Lee

Italy’s Midsummer Bescheerung by Vernon Lee

The cool shadow of the fig-trees in the yards, with the whiff of that queer smell, heavy with romance, of wine-saturated oak and crumbling plaster; I know with a little stab of joy that this is Italy...

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Certainly Certain

Certainly Certain

Wittgenstein tends to merge certainty and knowledge a little...

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The Perpetual Hygiene Regime and the STEMification of the Intellectuals

The Perpetual Hygiene Regime and the STEMification of the Intellectuals

It is the duty of intellectuals and artists to reject enforced glee, to carve out a preserve for the life of the soul as best they can, and to call madness by its name...

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