Berfrois

April 2020

Eli S. Evans: The Writer vs. the Pandemic II

Eli S. Evans: The Writer vs. the Pandemic II

I am “working” from “home,” in bed, when I have a cough that may or may not be dry but is definitely not wet. My stomach drops...

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Kelsey May on Bojack Horseman

Kelsey May on Bojack Horseman

BoJack Horseman, Netflix by Kelsey May **Spoiler alert** Last night, I finished watching BoJack Horseman, and as much as I wanted to be grateful for the show’s mellow close, I still think BoJack should have died. The ending would have been more impactful and profound had he died, but...

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Francesco Tenaglia on Michael Jackson

Francesco Tenaglia on Michael Jackson

Screenshot from “Scream” video, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Epic Records, 1994 by Francesco Tenaglia It only lasts for a moment. Not a glutinous efflorescence, or a spooky appearance fit to star in choreography from the good ol’ days. The sluggish shadow slippers from one...

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #1

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #1

The recipe for this French gâteau au chocolat came scrawled on a damp piece of paper, handed to me, along with a wink, a scowl and a bag of oysters, by Albertine, a sea-captain’s wife...

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In Russia, death becomes you

In Russia, death becomes you

Aleksandr Bogdanov, a prominent early Bolshevik and science fiction writer, investigated the rejuvenating properties of blood transfusions in the 1920s...

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That CPUSA Life

That CPUSA Life

The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was formed in 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution. Over the next forty years, it grew steadily from a membership roll...

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Rachel Howard: Midnight Sun

Rachel Howard: Midnight Sun

California has been ordered to shelter in place. And here we are, 50 miles from our home, buying chickens. A last act before lockdown.

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M. Munro: Paradise

M. Munro: Paradise

How is “the world” to be understood? In other words, how does what the world is like—what is “the case”—permit something like “what the world is like” to be thinkable?

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Anne Dufourmantelle: The Risk of Believing

Anne Dufourmantelle: The Risk of Believing

Believing, it is what seems to us the least risky act in the world. A simple adherence, an acquiescence to what presents itself or to what we have chosen to identify ourselves with.

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(More) Advice for Isolated Writers

(More) Advice for Isolated Writers

We are day five into the long game of self isolation. Or is it day ten? I’m not sure when the quarantine actually started.

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