Berfrois

August 2018

Summer Ice

Summer Ice

Since 1980, computer models have been predicting that a rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide will cause the Arctic to warm twice as fast as areas at lower latitudes...

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Skid Road, Jet City

Skid Road, Jet City

Seattle gleams under the grey skies that characterize its climate. Container ships from China wait in Elliott Bay to unload, while tour boats head out to Alaska’s shrinking glaciers. A visitor attraction, the Great Wheel, towers over Pier 57...

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Try Clavics

Try Clavics

In the beginning, there is polyphony, false starts, botched experiments, and mixed motives. Usually.

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Slenderraff

Slenderraff

Manufacturers of candy and fireworks often employ this method for the exact measurement of radial stress in hypothetical cylinders.

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You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Sing

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Sing

No one would ever peg Betty Wright’s funky 1972 hit, “The Clean-Up Woman” as a heartbreaking ballad. From its first emphatic chords on an electric guitar, followed by Wright’s soulful delivery...

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Poetry on the Front Line

Poetry on the Front Line

The canonization of the Moscow poet Kirill Medvedev (born 1975) seems to be taking place in real time: in the past several years, international and critical audiences began catching on to a distinctive voice familiar to Moscow literary circles since the early 2000s.

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Suzanne Ruta on Elaine Mokhtefi

Suzanne Ruta on Elaine Mokhtefi

Elaine Mokhtefi and her husband had lived on the Upper West Side in New York City for twenty years. When he died in 2015, she brought him a bench in the park on Riverside Drive, where he liked to sit, gazing at the river through a mass of trees....

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Douglas Penick: The Worldly Gods Return

Douglas Penick: The Worldly Gods Return

Throughout the developed world, many of the dead find no release from their previous social obligations and work lives...

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The Critical Horizon of Barbara K. Lewalski

The Critical Horizon of Barbara K. Lewalski

Three years ago I spent an afternoon with Barbara in her home on University Avenue in Providence, talking a little about the past but mostly about the future, especially politics.

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Omarosa, Recording

Omarosa, Recording

No one is buying that the hardened reality-show player could not see what was tweeting in front of her. So what is Omarosa really selling?

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Before the Tempest Hurl’d

Before the Tempest Hurl’d

Hunt started his working life as a surgeon’s apprentice before making a living, at different times, as a chemist and druggist, a statistician with the geological survey, and a professor at the School of Mines in London.

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Respond Until

Respond Until

When does an online exchange come to a conclusion?

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‘Critical thinking is not bracketed off from poetic and political imaginaries’

‘Critical thinking is not bracketed off from poetic and political imaginaries’

In conversations with students feeling overwhelmed by their studies, I sometimes use the phrase, ‘remember that studying is part of life, not the other way around.’

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‘Criminality at the highest levels’

‘Criminality at the highest levels’

The relationship of the lawmen to the president is as transparent as it is intricate: they know he knows they know. But defeating this presidency ...

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