Berfrois

January 2016

Elisa Gabbert Talks Twitter

Elisa Gabbert Talks Twitter

Some of my tweets are aphoristic, absolutely. Like “Aphorisms are essays,” the tweet that I turned into the title of that essay.

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Daniel Bosch on Adam Kirsch

Daniel Bosch on Adam Kirsch

When it comes to the photograph’s translation into language, shouldn’t the elements of such a speechless photograph have a literal and figurative priority over my “speech”?

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Yakety Yak

Yakety Yak

Few people have found themselves chased by a yak in the course of their academic research – but that’s what happened to Dr Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp while studying for her PhD in Cambridge’s Department of Geography.

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Dams

Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Dams

DamNation undoubtedly falls within your category of “contemporary environmentalist pop docs flooding Netflix, with their smooth animated graphics emulating hand drawings, and their nature-porn photography, and their Sufjanian soundtracks.”

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‘We’re sold a story of empowerment’

‘We’re sold a story of empowerment’

Last year, my husband abruptly left me for another woman—moving across the country and very publicly crafting a new life that didn’t include me. Predictably, I was devastated.

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Should We Fear AI?

Should We Fear AI?

It is wise to think through the implications of new technology. I understand the good intentions of Jaron Lanier and others who have raised an alarm about AI.

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Cornelia Barber: Meaning Time

Cornelia Barber: Meaning Time

How do I write to you? The relationship between what language can do and what love does, not its possibility, but its doing, is so thin yet raw and complex.

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“Zadie Smith would be renamed Flawless”

“Zadie Smith would be renamed Flawless”

Zadie Smith would be renamed Flawless because, well, she is flawless and she only needs to go by one name, kind of like Beyoncé, who is also flawless.

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With Weighty Grief

With Weighty Grief

Seminole Chief Osceola (1804–1838), George Catlin, 1838 From Poets.org: The earliest recorded written poem by a native person was composed by “Eleazer” who was a senior at Harvard College in 1678. He most likely died before graduating. We do not know anything about Eleazer’s life. All we have is his...

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Such Lovely Parents

Such Lovely Parents

13 November, Yorkshire. The film ‘opens well’ as they say and here in the village people have been going down to Skipton to see it.

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Loving Sex and Books

Loving Sex and Books

I believe that sex is a healthy activity when practised between consenting participants. I get tired of the secrecy & shame that is attached to sex and also to the body.

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The erotic and the pornographic do not vie for the same conclusion…

The erotic and the pornographic do not vie for the same conclusion…

I want to propose the erotic, one of the uses of the erotic, as a kind of radical formalism, a surrender to and infiltration of phenomenology, for which poetry is the ideal medium.

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