Berfrois

February 2020

Suffering and Soul

Suffering and Soul

I’m a Christian and may be a Nietzschean. Not the whole overwrought overman stuff, and not the conflation of pity and weakness.

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A loss in the vocabulary of attention…

A loss in the vocabulary of attention…

I am 18 years old. It’s the first week of college. I’m sitting in the third row. The classroom is overflowing — students are spilling out of benches, their voices bigger than their bodies — when the professor walks in.

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The Sea’s Breathin: Medha Singh Interviews Gregory Leadbetter

The Sea’s Breathin: Medha Singh Interviews Gregory Leadbetter

I first met Gregory Leadbetter in Trivandrum, in its notorious, sweltering heat. Curiously enough, I'd been placed in a couple of panels on love and feminism...

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Tragic FM

Tragic FM

Stormzy’s love of Magic is sincere and profound – and sometimes it cannot be contained. A year earlier, at the Mercury prize...

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Cacophonous cross talk that’s only seen when there’s no real news to report…

Cacophonous cross talk that’s only seen when there’s no real news to report…

A third-party app the party had deployed to count and transmit votes, apparently without adequately training precinct chairs in its use...

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Elias Tezapsidis: Athenian Getaway

Elias Tezapsidis: Athenian Getaway

There is a certain beauty in personal disappointment, that is the disappointment we feel liable for ourselves. Knowing that if you miss a goal

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Track 99

Track 99

Holding down the fast forward button on your CD player, eventually the sound of a mysterious hidden track would rush by. An all-too-quick blur of noise. Then you'd have to skip back a bit to get to the start of the song.

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Dealing With Book Deals

Dealing With Book Deals

As my own publicist, I researched book contests and entered a couple, because that was all I could afford. Small presses often don’t have print galleys to offer six months prior to publication...

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The Salvors! In an Adventure With Marine Archaeologists!

The Salvors! In an Adventure With Marine Archaeologists!

In May 2016, a salvor named Bobby Pritchett, president of Global Marine Exploration (GME) in Tampa, Florida, announced that he had discovered scattered remains of a ship buried a kilometer off Cape Canaveral

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