Berfrois

May 2016

Stuart Elden: Michel

Stuart Elden: Michel

Foucault’s Last Decade is a study of Foucault’s work between 1974 and his death in 1984. In 1974, Foucault began writing the first volume of his History of Sexuality, developing work he had already begun to present in his Collège de France lecture courses.

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Matthew O’Shannessy talks to Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan

Matthew O’Shannessy talks to Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan

Drawing on the work of English philosopher Nina Power and research into the techniques of crowd control, Australian artists Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan have created a satirical work amplifying the “camp” aesthetics found within the organized policing of public spaces.

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What Giants!

What Giants!

This April 23rd, the International Day of the Book, we especially commemorated the 400th anniversary of the near simultaneous deaths of two of history’s greatest writers.

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WE NEVER LAND

WE NEVER LAND

On Hawley Road, where the Hampstead and Highgate Brooks meet, the Knight sees Malis and Eunica descending the steps of one of the parade of condemned houses that stands across the road from him.

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‘Useful insider information’

‘Useful insider information’

On a sun-dappled summer afternoon, a member of the Pocket Facebook group posted photos of black teenagers biking on a residential street as a warning, saying that she had seem them “snooping” into private laneways and pegging them as potential suspects for a recent bike theft.

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TTIP and Corporate Takeover

TTIP and Corporate Takeover

Attacked and ridiculed, the leak of 243 pages of TTIP negotiations concerning climate, environment and public health prove that civil society organisations were right all along.

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Outside of sex, the New Yorker is not too stylistically risky…

Outside of sex, the New Yorker is not too stylistically risky…

I’ve sent poems to the New Yorker for about 30-40 years. Through three different editors. Not every day or every year but it would strike me every now and then that it was something I ought to do.

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Ed Simon: NPM

Ed Simon: NPM

National Poetry Month recently ended in that cruelest of months. Critics may take aim at the kitschification of poetry which once supposedly existed at the heights of Parnassian influence.

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Greg Bem on Don Mee Choi

Greg Bem on Don Mee Choi

It is difficult to talk about war. And yet many humans do. But how we do it and for how long is another question. Especially with relationships to information today, and relationships to time, I am thinking of fragments.

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Throughout the 1970s, LGBT people wrote about the benefits of socialism…

Throughout the 1970s, LGBT people wrote about the benefits of socialism…

The historic achievement of marriage equality in the United States last year threw the 1969 Stonewall uprising back onto the public stage.

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Date Night

Date Night

From The New York Times: The line to the bar was long, so when I arrived I ordered two Jack and Diets for myself. The best investment you’ll ever make is a large tip on your first drink. I made my way downstairs. My favorite kind of dance floor is...

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Prose With a Poet’s Head

Prose With a Poet’s Head

Lines and sentences: even now, nonfiction—including nonfiction by poets—is approached by readers, and sometimes by writers, chiefly as information, argument, or anecdote.

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Remembering Jenny Diski

Remembering Jenny Diski

Below are Jenny’s thoughts on being quoted. It’s quintessential Jenny. Wonderfully quintessential Jenny.

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Peter Marshall on Wallace Stevens

Peter Marshall on Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens lived, for the most part, the life of the neighbor you would probably avoid.

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