Berfrois

January 2019

Into the Adorno-Verse

Into the Adorno-Verse

Is there any way to intervene usefully or meaningfully in public debate, in what the extremely online Twitter users are with gleeful irony calling the ‘discourse’ of the present moment?

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Towards Right and Left 2.0?

Towards Right and Left 2.0?

The political ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are going through significant transformations. Both wings are becoming more polarised and radical...

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On Summers in Switzerland and Sheffield

On Summers in Switzerland and Sheffield

In late summer and early autumn of 1765, Rousseau was on the run. He was always fleeing some sort of persecution: at times very real, and legal; at others perhaps more perceived, and highly personal.

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‘There’s some unattractive social snobbery in their suggestion’

‘There’s some unattractive social snobbery in their suggestion’

Middle-class families protest at their exclusion from grammar schools.” Not your usual headline, but news nonetheless of a petition signed by thousands of parents objecting...

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‘A novel of mine lurking a mere foot above the head of the vice-president of the United States?’

‘A novel of mine lurking a mere foot above the head of the vice-president of the United States?’

During the flurry of George H.W. Bush’s death, funeral and canonisation, it was impossible to escape the photograph of George and Barbara Bush at their house in Maine...

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Colin Raff: Torpid Slivers #25-29

Colin Raff: Torpid Slivers #25-29

Even the best of us, in our tender years, were at some moments cruel to other children. But did you also instruct those you bullied to transform...

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No absinthe, Chartreuse could cure you…

No absinthe, Chartreuse could cure you…

Let me tell you about a color that began as a fabled drink. It tasted harsh and punishing, like medicine. It began as a mythic elixir...

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