Berfrois

November 2018

Elephants, Horses, and the Proportions of Paradise

Elephants, Horses, and the Proportions of Paradise

What does a perfect elephant look like? This was a question that occupied the Flemish artist Crispijn van de Passe II in the years around 1620. By then, several elephants had visited the European continent...

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For Sale: Immortality

For Sale: Immortality

There’s no surer sign that life has become too comfortable for the rich than when they try to buy immortality.

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Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

Democrats are waiting for the future. In the meantime…

In Texas, Beto O’Rourke came within three points of capturing a Senate seat from Ted Cruz. The excitement generated by his campaign may have ...

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Joseph Conrad on Books

Joseph Conrad on Books

“I have not read this author’s books, and if I have read them I have forgotten what they were about.” These words are reported as having been uttered in our midst..

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Cheers

Cheers

Thank you to our 104 generous funders this year! Berfrois will remain publicly funded and advertisement free...

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Rachel Howard: Thirty-Eight

Rachel Howard: Thirty-Eight

The other day a card arrived: a picture of mother, father, and child, teeth bared, cheeks pulsing with fresh blood. The baby looks more like him, with that nearly translucent-white skin.

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Mooching Nibbles

Mooching Nibbles

I dreamed the American dream,” Anthony Scaramucci writes in his memoir, “Trump, the Blue-Collar President,” a work of Trump hagiography that also recounts the Mooch’s rise...

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Truffling Perfumes

Truffling Perfumes

While writing my master’s thesis on DeLillo’s Underworld, I reached a strange level of intimacy with the book.

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Czesław Miłosz’s Century: Berfrois Interviews Andrzej Franaszek

Czesław Miłosz’s Century: Berfrois Interviews Andrzej Franaszek

As you can imagine, there was no need to edit much in his articles. But I would ask him if he was sure about something. Miłosz was very willing to write and work...

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