Berfrois

October 2019

Jessica Sequeira: Gloss on a Betel Nut

Jessica Sequeira: Gloss on a Betel Nut

Fodder: cows and horses eat the stuff, dried hay or straw, but what is it exactly? A beige substance to be consumed and excreted, a material to be burnt, pure fuel.

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Privileging Fleabag

Privileging Fleabag

When a young woman’s cultural output becomes critically admired and held up as representative of other, maybe all, young women, she becomes a shorthand...

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Medha Singh on Octavio Paz

Medha Singh on Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz grants himself the permission to write long poems, and in doing so he grants it to all the imitators he knows his work will engender.

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Katharine Coldiron Interviews Christopher Higgs

Katharine Coldiron Interviews Christopher Higgs

I saw Christopher Higgs at an English department event before I had a class with him, and I thought he looked like a homeless hipster. His hair stood on end...

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Ed Simon: Breaking the Third Commandment

Ed Simon: Breaking the Third Commandment

What exactly does it mean that the Bible has a story where the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Creator of the universe gets into a wrestling match...

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Genia Blum: Slaves of Dance

Genia Blum: Slaves of Dance

After the war, Babusia Genia fled Ukraine with her daughters...

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