Berfrois

August 2017

  • Psycho, Staged by Eric D. Lehman

    August 2017 Highlights

    Psycho, Staged by Eric D. Lehman

    Like it or not, the novel is no longer considered “sensationlistic trash,” and has been firmly established as part of literary history and culture now.

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Mars Is Heaven

Mars Is Heaven

At the end of February 2012, I was sitting in a bar in the Chicago Hilton, discussing Ray Bradbury.

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What was the Soviet Union’s gaming culture?

What was the Soviet Union’s gaming culture?

In English at least, there’s very little research on gaming in the Soviet Union. We know from surviving arcade cabinets that what titles did exist were somewhat derivative of Western products.

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Chills, Thrills and Skin Orgasms

Chills, Thrills and Skin Orgasms

I call them “the fevers,” the waves that surge up my back and arms, break into electric foam at the jetty of my neck when her fingers move at a certain depth inside of me.

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Commerce, Religion and Sex

Commerce, Religion and Sex

The friendship between Shahane and Kolatkar began in the late 1950s, in Pune. Shahane had gone to Pune for college, but formal education was not for him.

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Read Barthes

Read Barthes

The ad was meticulously crafted to foster outrage. I reposted it, commenting that it was “the most disgusting ad I’ve ever seen,” disregarding the inevitable: that my conservative friends might repost it.

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Owen Vince: Peaks Memes

Owen Vince: Peaks Memes

James Hurley - forehead contorted into the bland echo of a mummified Incan princeling - can never be cool. He is ‘the original sad boy’. Sad reacts only.

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After 1989

After 1989

I imagine a cosy dining room somewhere in eastern Europe, in Bucharest or perhaps Zagreb. But it could be Timișoara or Bratislava as well.

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Somewhere Between Solitude and Loneliness

Somewhere Between Solitude and Loneliness

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn.

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It’s Sonya Tolstaya’s Letters

It’s Sonya Tolstaya’s Letters

The 2009 film The Last Station, based on a fine book by Jay Parini and featuring Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, made the story of Lev Tolstoy’s last days accessible to many who had not read the biographies.

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VAVOOM

VAVOOM

Like many people, I discovered Raymond Pettibon’s artwork through his ink drawings that were used on a few SST Records album covers, most notably Black Flag’s Slip It In, which my neighbor had somehow procured in 1984.

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That Group Selfie Moment

That Group Selfie Moment

Earlier this summer, I saw a photo on a lifestyle blog of three women by a pool, drinking rosé. They are taking a group selfie — one woman’s arm is extended, holding a black iPhone

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Mission, Statement

Mission, Statement

At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users.

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Fur, Pleated

Fur, Pleated

“My own autobiography has never interested me very much,” John Ashbery once told an interviewer. “Whenever I try to think about it, I seem to draw a complete blank.”

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Got Skinny Repeal?

Got Skinny Repeal?

Though the collapse of the seven-year Republican effort to kill off the Affordable Care Act came in one of the most dramatic moments in US Senate history

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Plath’s (Blessed, Excellent) Doctors

Plath’s (Blessed, Excellent) Doctors

When Plath moved from Devon back to London in the late autumn, one of the things that seemed to thrill her most was the easy access to medical care.

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