Berfrois

May 2018

Poets’ Houses: Tonks, Longville, Mew

Poets’ Houses: Tonks, Longville, Mew

My mother almost certainly misdelivered Rosemary Tonks’ newspaper when she was eight...

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The Necessity of Face Transplants by Andrea Zittlau

The Necessity of Face Transplants by Andrea Zittlau

Sharrona Pearl’s book Face/On looks at the cultural representations of face transplants. It is a fascinating account of media discourses particularly concerning the issue in the United States.

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Anthony in the Desert, and Other Mirages

Anthony in the Desert, and Other Mirages

Saint Anthony’s encounters with those fearsome demons in the desert happened more than just once; in fact, they occurred repeatedly.

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The School That Helped Make Milo by Ansgar Allen

The School That Helped Make Milo by Ansgar Allen

by Ansgar Allen As a self-designated troll, Milo’s entire ‘brand’ is built on his ability to rile others. The public face of Milo Yiannopoulos is based on excess, wanton offence, and limit-testing transgression. Apparently it’s all over now, again, with further reports of the fall of Milo. But Milo...

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Poets’ Houses: Elizabeth Bishop, Edgell Rickwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poets’ Houses: Elizabeth Bishop, Edgell Rickwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lots of poets drank at the Fitzroy. It was a haunt of Dylan Thomas and William Empson and Nina Hammett and Malcolm Lowry; it gets a mention in Briggflatts...

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The Story by M. Munro

The Story by M. Munro

So what's the story with story? What makes story so fascinating, and how—by virtue of what—does story so exceed statement?

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HAGS SF

HAGS SF

Throughout most of the 1990s my evenings were split between working at a nonprofit call center where I bummed money off strangers for good causes, and getting drunk and dancing at any of San Francisco’s queer punk clubs.

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Windrushed

Windrushed

‘Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K.’ We never find out whether or not the opening line of The Trial is true, or what the lies might have been.

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Neoliberal Way

Neoliberal Way

Early in his presidency, Clinton developed what would become the key feature of his politics: Recognizing that the New Deal coalition between Southern Democrats and the Northern working class had fallen apart...

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