Berfrois

You can keep playing Stardew Valley forever…

You can keep playing Stardew Valley forever…

My Stardew Valley avatar looks just like me — brown hair, bangs, blue eyes, dark t-shirt and jeans. I decided to try this video game to help me relax and cure my recent writing burnout after a semester in my nonfiction MFA program

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Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Eli S. Evans: Identity Politics

Here’s the question everyone else keeps asking themselves (ourselves), and each other, and, I suppose, in the case of certain reporters who dare to engage them directly, the actual people under consideration: Why, regardless, of what he does, do they keep supporting this man?

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How translation obscured the music and wordplay of the Bible

How translation obscured the music and wordplay of the Bible

An essential fact about the Hebrew Bible is that most of its narrative prose as well as its poetry manifests a high order of sophisticated literary fashioning.

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Open Galeano

Open Galeano

In at least one instance, a book by the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano may have saved a life.

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Staying Woke

Staying Woke

In the late ’90s and early aughts, the word woke was a life vest. My parents and the other black people I grew up with used it to stay afloat in a Wisconsin town whose university once feigned diversity by photoshopping a black man onto the cover of an...

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L.E.L.’s Diadem

L.E.L.’s Diadem

Under the pen name “L.E.L.,” Letitia Elizabeth Landon had been one of the most famous literary women of her brief pre-Victorian moment, her poetry a staple of the popular literary press for well over a decade.

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Antisemitism Weaponised

Antisemitism Weaponised

I’m not arguing that centre-right and right-wing critics of antisemitism are antisemitic, but their campaign has a ferocious hygiene about it that carries unpleasant and ironic resonances...

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Lil Peep’s Last Day

Lil Peep’s Last Day

It was five hours before showtime and Lil Peep was in the back of his tour bus, getting high with two young fans...

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Mary Wollstonecraft’s Day

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Day

Read Greek (no lesson). Call on Emilia Viviani. E. Williams calls.

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Distinctive Diderot

Distinctive Diderot

The most radical thinker of the eighteenth century, Denis Diderot (1713–1784), is not exactly a forgotten man, though he has been long overshadowed by his contemporaries Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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Translation: Berfrois Interviews Charlotte Mandell

Translation: Berfrois Interviews Charlotte Mandell

Based in the Hudson Valley, Charlotte Mandell has rapidly become one of the world’s most acclaimed translators from French into English...

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Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas

Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas

It is the nature of Marie Kondo's attraction to Westerners that gives me pause. This registers most powerfully for me when...

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The World of Montague Tibbles House

The World of Montague Tibbles House

“Who will be interested in reading the life of an unfortunate black woman who seemed to be making a mess of her life?” This was the question Buchi Emecheta...

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Nicked

Nicked

As if there was much of anything in any human utterance, oral or written, except plagiarism!” opined Mark Twain...

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Jessica Sequeira on Fawzi Karim

Jessica Sequeira on Fawzi Karim

Not even you know what illumination you are seeking in the pubs of London, where the women lightly mock you. “To find solace in stupefaction...

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Suburban Domesticity on the Moon?

Suburban Domesticity on the Moon?

I had a little conversation with Bryan Alexander over First Man and our capacity for experience. It came down to this (Bryan): “Yes, there's a cultural pattern here, an arc from dread/possibility to suburbs.

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Paul Johnathan: Contorted Bodies

Paul Johnathan: Contorted Bodies

Alessio Bolzoni’s sophomore effort finds him intimate with the human form. The photographer’s new book, Abuse II, The Uncanny, features tense shots...

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Druid, How’s My Circle?

Druid, How’s My Circle?

It’s a cloudy August morning just after sunrise, and my family and I are speeding about a hundred miles west of London in our rental car, bisecting the Salisbury Plain on the A303.

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