Berfrois

March 2020

Crüe’s Cover

Crüe’s Cover

Evan calls them “bitchin’,” betraying his California roots and never-ending supply of boyishness. I embrace that Gen-X-y “meh”

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Now Pepe was going to be president…

Now Pepe was going to be president…

The recent chaos at the Iowa Democratic caucus was exacerbated by eager Anons responding to a 4chan call to “clog the phone lines”...

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Amit Majmudar on Anthony Madrid

Amit Majmudar on Anthony Madrid

Not all limericks are not-quite-nonsense, but the most limerickish ones are. As Anthony Madrid, author of a new collection of limericks illustrated by Mark Fletcher, says in a short essay...

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Mumbai Diary by Medha Singh

Mumbai Diary by Medha Singh

It is November. I'm on a train through India. North to South. Delhi to Mumbai. 26 hours. I'm with a friend, Esther. She is falling in love.

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Close Reading Carl Sagan by Ed Simon

Close Reading Carl Sagan by Ed Simon

Supplementing my regular essays, I’m interested in performing a series of traditional close readings of poems, passages, dialogue, and even art...

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Chris Moffat on the Lahore Biennale

Chris Moffat on the Lahore Biennale

Biennales are experiments with proximity. They reconfigure spaces with art, sound or bodies, temporarily disrupting the usual rhythms of their host environments. In Lahore...

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Elias Tezapsidis: Return

Elias Tezapsidis: Return

The day that I returned to Greece after a decade in the US marked a grand failure, at least in my head. If I had written this three years ago

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The Poetry of the Present

The Poetry of the Present

It seems when we hear a skylark singing as if sound were running forward into the future, running so fast and utterly without consideration...

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Cooking, Eating, Gardening (Faith)

Cooking, Eating, Gardening (Faith)

The first image in Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela is an empty street at night, from which a few headstones marking a cemetery are visible.

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