Berfrois

March 2016

Maia Silber on Lena Dunham and Emily Gould

Maia Silber on Lena Dunham and Emily Gould

If Lena Dunham undresses on TV and no one is around to watch her, does she still make an impact? On a recent episode of Girls, Hannah Horvath poses nude, George-Costanza style, in a makeshift photo-studio in the back of a coffee shop.

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Rhyme was still comfortable on its throne…

Rhyme was still comfortable on its throne…

Without anecdote, banter, originality, or charm, I am going to plunge directly into recounting the history of rhyme in modern English. This history is not well known—and, for the most part, even those who know it do not know it.

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You must have made yourself alone to be able to write at all…

You must have made yourself alone to be able to write at all…

It has been said by very many people that there is a tangible pleasure in the mere act of writing: in choosing and arranging words. It has been denied by many.

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iii. Ch. 9

iii. Ch. 9

by Cosana Eram Those who like anniversaries—and I am one of them—have recently celebrated Michel de Montaigne’s birthday (on 28 February), a reason to revel in the quality of his writing and thought. The buzz started in the summer of 2015 when Philosophie Magazine Hors-Série featured several contemporary French thinkers...

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‘What does it mean to be held by rhythm?’

‘What does it mean to be held by rhythm?’

What I have been thinking about of late is how those first lyric poets were trying to invent ways to express human life in the various beats, pops, and hums of language (the part of the music we still have some scraps of).

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To the Teahouse!

To the Teahouse!

You know that you're writing poems that are like no-one else's. I'd love to help show that to readers.

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Joseph Spece on Metroid

Joseph Spece on Metroid

This afternoon I’m nested in a striped comforter, looking out the window at four snowy oaks. In the foreground, the shrivelled leaves of the hydrangea, mostly buried in drifts. The television screen is static, paused on a scene in the game I honor before every other, Metroid.

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Four Raw Stones

Four Raw Stones

We’re yelling at each other over the phone. He says he’s at work and only has minutes before he has to teach. It’s essentially a break up of a relationship that never starts or finishes. That is already deep in motion, but has only ever been called a friendship.

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Destroyed Human Bodies

Destroyed Human Bodies

I will try to clarify, in eight points, why it is important—today—to look at images of destroyed human bodies like those I have used and integrated in different works.

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Janice Lee: Depression, Denial, Depression

Janice Lee: Depression, Denial, Depression

I want to confess here that I have often worked to put a distance between myself and the past. I want to confess, too, that I have recently and often thought about the ease with which I could escape all the misery of this world, singular gestures, without memory...

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Zweig’s Wanderlust

Zweig’s Wanderlust

By 1901, while a philosophy student at the University of Vienna (he defended a doctoral thesis on Hippolyte Taine), Zweig became a frequent contributor to Theodor Herzl’s Neue Freie Presse, the capital’s most respected newspaper.

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