Berfrois

May 2020

Our cognition continues to be emotionally led…

Our cognition continues to be emotionally led…

In the realm of public opinion, climate change isn’t a scientific issue, it’s a political one. Climate change science is relatively new and technically...

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Scherezade Siobhan on Irrfan Khan

Scherezade Siobhan on Irrfan Khan

When people like Irrfan depart, the loss feels personal because within the weave of their stories, a part of our unlivable, untethered, ‘un-salvage-able’ is ennobled and uplifted.

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Jessica Sequeira: Two Augurs

Jessica Sequeira: Two Augurs

Archaic, oracular and paradoxical ,  inspired by studies of occult philosophy yet destined for a wider readership unacquainted with these currents , this collection of poems by Olga Acevedo

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Ed Simon: VE Day 75 Years Later

Ed Simon: VE Day 75 Years Later

If the lesson from World War II can’t be that the Allies were unassailably good, it can still be that the Axis was unambiguously evil.

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Emily Ogden: Mind Games

Emily Ogden: Mind Games

A Greek soldier once said to me on a private bunk in a ferry boat, “You are a good whore.” Well, I mean to say. This was absurd. I had bedded him.

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #4

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #4

The first time I made these biscuits was on a hot Spanish August afternoon, with Aunt Merielle, a tall, red-headed, half-Catalan, tomato grower...

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Who Should be in Charge: Doctors or Politicians?

Who Should be in Charge: Doctors or Politicians?

Our lives currently seem to be in the hands of doctors, and this concerns not only those who have caught the new coronavirus.

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Emergency rule nurtures voluntary servitude…

Emergency rule nurtures voluntary servitude…

It’s safe to say that citizens are getting inventive. They petition governments and crowd source funding and support for the hungry and harassed on Twitter, convene social gatherings and drinking parties on Skype...

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A winsome anime North Korean leader?

A winsome anime North Korean leader?

The outpouring of prurient interest in Kim represents an intersection of these erotic fantasies with the potent force of Orientalism

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Kenya’s Indebted Class

Kenya’s Indebted Class

So worrying are the trends in Kenya that even proponents of digital lending are calling for caution. The Central Bank of Kenya has demanded borrowers are made aware of the apps’ terms and conditions...

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Britain is being managed by the B Team of bodgers…

Britain is being managed by the B Team of bodgers…

Seeking to regain some ground, the health secretary promised tests for all essential workers (not just health workers), but on its first day the website offering appointments was over-subscribed in under two minutes.

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So, So, So Scandalous

So, So, So Scandalous

You don’t always—or often—get to hear the whole story in a courtroom. The law is like pouring batter into a mold. The mold is the law but not necessarily the truth.

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Quaintspace

Quaintspace

By the time many writers were ready to seriously engage with surveillance capitalism, it had already redescribed their profession, along with the world.

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Hellfire Badgers

Hellfire Badgers

You can tell if a sett is active by placing twigs over the opening during the day and seeing whether the twigs have been moved during the night.

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Thank You

Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our funding drive this year.

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