Berfrois

The YA serial came into its own in the 1980s…

The YA serial came into its own in the 1980s…

If Christopher Pike’s YA novels were sold out at my local Crown Books, I was faced with the choice of either Sweet Valley High or The Baby-Sitters Club...

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Ruthian

Ruthian

For a guy who was supposed to be a kind of burly farm animal as an athlete, there was a lot of mental derring-do in Ruth’s game...

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Culturally Embedded Sanctimony

Culturally Embedded Sanctimony

Moral superiority and cancel culture only further alienate the people already excluded from meritocracy and elite cultural capital...

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Gurped Out

Gurped Out

On any given day, walking around the yard, one was almost certain to hear one prisoner ask another, “Hey, man, got any gurps?” I knew it had something to do with drugs...

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Cow Banker

Cow Banker

At first, users paid real money for the upkeep of virtual chickens, sheep, bees, and cattle, earning cash back in the game by keeping the animals alive. Riding high on the good publicity, Farm Bank soon went one step further, launching real-life farms...

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Octavia Butler’s Queer Sci-Fi

Octavia Butler’s Queer Sci-Fi

If there is ever to be a next generation, we need one another, flawed as we are...

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Booked Out

Booked Out

These books destined me to an unbalanced life, like a poorly packed U-Haul that leans too far to one side...

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Lamenting the Obsolescence of the DVD and Its Distinctive Viewing Practices

Lamenting the Obsolescence of the DVD and Its Distinctive Viewing Practices

After the local video-game arcade and the local comic-book store, the finest establishment on earth was the local video-rental outlet, a paradise of garish rectangular boxes leaning precariously on wooden shelves divided roughly by genre...

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Moon Ponderous

Moon Ponderous

It’s argued that you feel all those things at other moments in the month but take note of the full moon because full moons are memorable, and then make a mistaken connection...

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It’s All Argentinian to Arturo Desimone

It’s All Argentinian to Arturo Desimone

Have they clocked our nocturnal ways that bite at kleptomaniac clockhands in our capitals?

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‘Another time, they talked about mermaids’

‘Another time, they talked about mermaids’

It is hard to distinguish what Chinese gamers truly want, and what the industry, or the Chinese Communist party, has decided for them...

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Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

There are two competing perspectives about the cause of the opioid explosion, and they lead to different policy prescriptions...

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For Van Gogh, the Camargue huts were active…

For Van Gogh, the Camargue huts were active…

Humble dwellings like the Camargue huts invite us to tell a different kind of story about human-environment relationships, one less focused on human beings’ mastery of nature...

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Peter Pans

Peter Pans

Who or what is Peter Pan? Peter stands for a deep psychological desire in all of us to return to childhood and escape into an earlier, freer state of being...

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Victorian London’s Air of the Future

Victorian London’s Air of the Future

The Doom of the Great City imagines the entire population of London choked to death under a soot-filled fog. The story is told by the event’s lone survivor sixty years later...

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Liberia, Mexico and Racial Republicanism

Liberia, Mexico and Racial Republicanism

Colonizationism was not merely a part of the debate over wartime emancipation but rather reflected the United States’ race-based imperial ambitions...

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Douglas Penick: House of Spiritual Retreat

Douglas Penick: House of Spiritual Retreat

You cannot understand this building’s purpose, but you  know that you have just encountered a poetic even mythic work of architecture...

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More Absurdity Than Logic

More Absurdity Than Logic

Don’t we go to literature to find the logic that might displace the absurdity of our lives?

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Why was Biden’s victory razor-thin?

Why was Biden’s victory razor-thin?

The Democratic Party has been pulled far enough left that even lots of non-crazy people find us just plain scary...

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