Berfrois

September 2014

  • Jesse Miksic on Dark Souls II

    September 2014 Highlights

    Jesse Miksic on Dark Souls II

    Is Dark Souls II the crowning rebirth of Gothic Romance for the digital age? I’m being dramatic, I realize. The spirit of Gothic has permeated our literary landscape so deeply, influencing so many genres and movements, that it would be unfair to single out any particular artifact as its rightful successor. Nevermind the overwhelming, almost parodic proliferation of Gothic imagery spread throughout the game, from the brooding castles to the inhumanly large swords to the incredibly expressive weather patterns.

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  • Menachem Feuer on Robin Williams

    September 2014 Highlights

    Menachem Feuer on Robin Williams

    Regardless of whether you are from Europe, the United States, Asia, or Africa, we can all agree that there is something special about the simpleton. In Hebrew (and Yiddish), a language I am culturally familiar with, the simpleton, otherwise known as the schlemiel, is called a “tam.” The interesting thing about the word “tam” is that it means not only “the simpleton” – it also means a “person who is complete.”

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