Berfrois

December 2018

Sober Seers

Sober Seers

A prevailing notion of the lives of artists holds that hedonism is a meaningful part of production. The slide projector on the subject has no shortage of famous faces: There’s boozy Faulkner, banging out novels and screenplays while pickled...

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The rentier class keep right on reaping…

The rentier class keep right on reaping…

A rentier economy (Christophers uses the term unapologetically) is driven by profits, which have increased in real terms as the poor have been denied social housing...

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‘I have noticed a difference between older EDM stars and younger ones’

‘I have noticed a difference between older EDM stars and younger ones’

Despite being a casual fan of EDM, I can't tell you literally what Steve Angello was doing on stage. Perhaps he was mixing tracks in the traditional sense, one after another...

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Soaring, Flying

Soaring, Flying

At one point, Flights’ narrator finds herself gazing at a sarira, a fleck-like relic that sometimes remains after the cremation of the corpse of a Buddhist spiritual master, and wonders...

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24 Little Hours

24 Little Hours

Back in 1997, when liberal capitalism bestrode the Atlantic and history had been abolished, morning came with a newspaper. The paper you got depended not just on your taste, but on where you lived...

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The Mail Coach

The Mail Coach

The mail-coach, as the national organ for publishing these mighty events, thus diffusively influential, became itself a spiritualised and glorified object to an impassioned heart...

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting Revolution

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Revolution

Sandberg had covered for the firm as it, among other ethical offenses, employed a Republican opposition-research that used the time-honored anti-Semitic dog whistle...

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Reading Lion Feuchtwanger Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Reading Lion Feuchtwanger Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1949, so I grew up playing cowboys and Indians with my cousins in the rubble fields of my native city.

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