Berfrois

February 2021

Doctored

Doctored

We are living, at least in the West, in the days of the health religion. And whoever doubts it is a blasphemer...

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Pirates could be civil…

Pirates could be civil…

What is the value of silver and gold in the middle of the ocean?

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Scroll Stroll

Scroll Stroll

I imagined the scroll’s spread—it motivated me to abandon archival research in the British Library and travel to Bikaner...

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Flipping-the-Script of Gender Politics

Flipping-the-Script of Gender Politics

The queer coding in magazines like Bachelor wasn’t just meant to wink at queer readers...

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Write Like an Egyptian

Write Like an Egyptian

Scratched on the wall of a mine is the very first attempt at something we use every day: the alphabet...

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Unearthing Mansa Musa

Unearthing Mansa Musa

Sun of the Soil is a form of artivism that aims to engage not only local communities through street performance...

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A flute made from the wing bone of a griffon vulture was found…

A flute made from the wing bone of a griffon vulture was found…

The hand stencils on cave walls in Western Spain have been dated to about 65,000 years ago...

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Chinese-Mozambican Fashion

Chinese-Mozambican Fashion

There is a growing and mutual bottom-up fashion exchange between China and Africa...

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Dosso’s Parega

Dosso’s Parega

For Dosso, the burgeoning foliage of the countryside outside the coastal town that can be glimpsed through the trees is as much of a subject as the human action...

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Wutuobang as Utopia

Wutuobang as Utopia

A peculiar idiosyncrasy marked the appearance of the word ‘utopia’ in Chinese...

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Does Libertarianism make sense?

Does Libertarianism make sense?

Are academic political philosophers responsible for the persistence of this ridiculous theory?

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Every Character’s a Holbein

Every Character’s a Holbein

Small-eyed Henry VIII, spread curiously flat on the rectangle, vast and gem-studded. Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, they’re all here...

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Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto’s Triumph

Tintoretto needed no more than the outlines of the figures—no more than their idea—for them to come to life...

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China’s Contract

China’s Contract

You stay quiet and we will set the course for growth, success and China's path to the top. It's a tough, unambiguous contract...

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Joseph Spece
Joseph Spece: When Gamers Attack

Like many ugly controversies, the beginnings of #gamergate are linked to the end of love — well, the end of a relationship, at least....

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Jeremy Fernando: Not

A response — Bartleby’s response — foregrounding the fact that it is the “I” that “prefers not to”: not that ‘I cannot’ nor ‘I...

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Owen Vince on HARK

As a poet, you are your grandmother; you are browsing the obituaries with a red pen and an address book in your hand. The...

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Jay Aquinas Thompson Interviews Eric Weisbard

Eric Weisbard wrote twenty years ago, introducing the voluminous, era-summarizing, contrarian and contradictory Spin Alternative Record Guide.

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Collective Destruction by Keith Doubt

What, then, is sociocide? Sociocide resonates with the term demodernization formulated by A. V. Tishkov to account for the consequences of the war in...

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Heather Lang on Fiona Sampson and Sarah Morgan

Poet Fiona Sampson is a former career violinist, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, overt references to music appear in her work.

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Setsuko Adachi: Azalea Exuberance Strikes

In May, in the garden of the elevated house at the bottom of the hill, four shrubs of stunning azaleas come into full blossom....

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Joe Linker
Joe Linker on Li Po

Florence showed me what she called the most famous of Chinese poems. She had made her own translation from a Chinese language newspaper clipping....

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Luc Moullet

To begin at the end: After nearly two hours exploring facets of exploitation in the globalized food system, Luc Moullet closes Genèse d’un repas/Origins...

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Adam Staley Groves: Iowa Nasty

Now it seems the state’s radical conservatives are degrading the historic, populist-provincial mentality of Iowa; they are revising the state’s legacy within the broader...

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Animal Spirits at the Nueva Burdalesa Bakery by Jessica Sequeira

A few years ago all I had was a certain ambition and an understanding, more or less, of how things work in this world....

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Sebastian Normandin
Meaning and Pseudoscience by Sebastian Normandin

The persistence and proliferation of pseudoscientific thinking in contemporary culture demands explanation. Clearly there are some pragmatic reasons for its expanded existence, and people...

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Janice Lee For the Ghost

The memories are like stutters. Sometimes I inhale for air, and exhale a shaking chain of memories. A choking hazard. I for the ghost....

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Edi Rama’s Bunker Mentality by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

As many former Eastern Block countries in the EU display a hardly dissimulated form of racism and religious hatred, Albania, always a little behind...

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