Berfrois

January 2016

Paul Rowe and Daniel Simonds on Peter Caputo

Paul Rowe and Daniel Simonds on Peter Caputo

Peter Caputo’s oneiric imagination divines prose poems capable of warding off the curse of having gazed upon too many shattered mirrors, broken lines.

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Engineering Screak

Engineering Screak

A School for Fools is a Soviet underground classic of the 1970s, circulating only in samizdat, or self-published literature.

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Is loneliness a contingent state?

Is loneliness a contingent state?

You might think that loneliness is a contingent state: people feel lonely for a time or lonely in a place, and some people are constitutionally lonely, but most people are not lonely all the time and human life is not necessarily lonely.

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Stars Wars said you will die without a father…

Stars Wars said you will die without a father…

Thinking a lot about precarity and magic in '80s American movies lately. Rewatched this scene from The Karate Kid (1984) late last night because I was this boy and because I loved him for so many years.

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Work, Kids, Sex

Work, Kids, Sex

10 PM, Chez Jay. I order two beers for us and a glass of wine for Mona. She’s teaching Middlemarch for the first time on Monday, and though I wrote about it for my undergraduate thesis I remember it very poorly.

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They blaze hot and then enter a fallow time…

They blaze hot and then enter a fallow time…

I have a childhood friend who is just a tiny bit younger than me but always so much younger, her skin never showing her age, her cheek marked with a birthmark so Hawthornian it seemed impossible ever to finish looking at her.

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Volker M. Welter: High Desert

Volker M. Welter: High Desert

Again a little further away, in the small, unincorporated community of Joshua Tree, Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Museum is another alternative desert site. This one was born, however, not so much out of a pseudo-spiritual longing, but from the desire of an artist for an environment to realise his vision.

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Cheap Dates

Cheap Dates

The rich being—as Aristotle noted 2,500 years ago—everywhere few in contrast to the many poor, they are always in need of some rationale to justify their privilege.

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Ads Feed

Ads Feed

Social media’s advent was supposed to do away with central broadcast towers, but it hasn’t really turned out that way. Instead mass media companies distribute their products through the platforms and consumers’ role is to boost the signal for them.

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Nicholas Rombes on David Bowie

Nicholas Rombes on David Bowie

As a kid in the 1970s, kicking around the scrubby back lots near Toledo, Ohio, I assumed David Bowie was from Detroit, Michigan, about an hour north of my hometown.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei’s 99th View

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei’s 99th View

Monfort’s project of the “new fiction state” of Balkanland reminded me of the Scientology initiative to found a state in the Balkans under the name of Bulgravia in the 1990s, after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

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Obama on Eliot

Obama on Eliot

Obama begins with a strikingly suggestive insight into Eliot’s literary and religious tradition and his special relation to it: Eliot is one of a line of Protestant visionary and apocalyptic writers from Thomas Münzer (or Müntzer) in the sixteenth century to Yeats in the twentieth.

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Write in the Future by M. Munro

Write in the Future by M. Munro

The Confusion of Tongues, Gustave Doré, 1865 by M. Munro I. Dichtung und Wahrheit Strictly speaking, does not thought—or the act of thinking—always have the capacity for operating like a foreign language? —Rey Chow Philosophie dürfte man eigentlich nur dichten. Wittgenstein’s imperative translates, “very roughly,” “Philosophy ought really to...

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