Berfrois

August 2014

  • Henry Giardina on Bob Hope

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    Henry Giardina on Bob Hope

    All mythical creatures need an origin story. The Bob Hope character springs into being, Athena-like, from out of the head of Preston Sturges in 1939. The film is Never Say Die.

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  • John Crutchfield: Chords

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    John Crutchfield: Chords

    But music, even bad music, is a symptom of hope, is it not? Naturally one would prefer the music to be good, but any kind of music is better than despair. The semi-conscious busker crumpled full-fathom-five over his abused guitar, hat out flat on the pavement in front of him, mangy dog asleep to one side, half-eaten bag of Oreos to the other, and brightly-dressed tourists streaming past like tropical fish up above: at least he is creating something rather than, say, selling weapons to Somali warlords; at least.

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  • Tyranny Is a Growth Industry by Vladimir Savich and Zachary Bos

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    Tyranny Is a Growth Industry by Vladimir Savich and Zachary Bos

    Today’s Russia is trying hard to deform itself into a duplicate of the evil empire…

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  • Mattilda B. Sycamore: Yearning From Spurning

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    Mattilda B. Sycamore: Yearning From Spurning

    One problem with gentrification is that it always gets worse. But then I go into a Hooters, and it’s a vintage clothing store. A friend of mine is trying on breasts. This is why I like dreaming.

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  • Alexander McGregor: Trauma

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    Alexander McGregor: Trauma

    Following World War II, the German philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote, “Nach Auschwitz ein Gedicht zu schreiben, ist barbarisch”: to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric. Adorno wasn’t speaking literally. It is perhaps more helpful to understand Adorno’s comment, itself poetical, as a final rejection of Romanticism.

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Meditation For Business

Meditation For Business

It’s getting increasingly uncanny to see the way in which the present neoliberal plot to reduce the state purely to an enabler of private profit, clicks as neatly as a jigsaw piece into the attempts of the children of the new age of Aquarius in the late 1960s to...

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Keith Doubt on Serbia

Keith Doubt on Serbia

The intellectual integrity of cultural anthropology is based largely on its commitment to cultural relativism as a principled notion. Cultural relativism is the principle from which the discipline achieves its sense of empirical objectivity. Cultural differences are cherished as just that, cultural differences.

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