Berfrois

March 2021

Medha Singh on J.M. Coetzee

Medha Singh on J.M. Coetzee

The postcolonial school may have claimed Coetzee, yet his attempt at a satirical sort of self canonisation actively resists any and all approaches to his writing within a single framework...

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Parent Assistant Referee

Parent Assistant Referee

After the game was over, the parents and kids all met at the coach’s house to have pizza and celebrate the season...

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A Tribute to Uchrony by Paul Vacca

A Tribute to Uchrony by Paul Vacca

Nothing prevents us from using uchrony to look to the future...

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The Order of the Dolphin was dismayed…

The Order of the Dolphin was dismayed…

As the 1960s opened, the Order of the Dolphin was dismayed as it became clearer that the Milky Way was no cacophonous cloud of thinking stars...

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There is no typical singing career…

There is no typical singing career…

What is the economic reality of being a singer? How much do singers typically have to invest before they can achieve an adequate living?

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French Female Resistance Fighters in Britain

French Female Resistance Fighters in Britain

During the months of the liberation of France, British politicians and diplomats established that it was their duty to help restore the image of France in Britain because France was their main partner for engaging in discussion about the creation of a western bloc...

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A Fitting Timepiece by Daniel Tobin

A Fitting Timepiece by Daniel Tobin

Dynamics and architecture: the very attributes required for making an Internet, a universe, an emergent God, a creation, certainly a poem...

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Orwell’s Cuppa

Orwell’s Cuppa

The tea should be strong. For a pot holding a quart, if you are going to fill it nearly to the brim, six heaped teaspoons would be about right...

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Douglas Penick: At Ease Together

Douglas Penick: At Ease Together

Awareness joins inner and outer, near and far. It can also be referred to as compassion...

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‘Now there’s more generosity in the sauce’

‘Now there’s more generosity in the sauce’

People are hungry for human interaction; they want to display their humanity, and they have fewer opportunities to do that over the course of their days...

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Her Majesty’s Inspector of Explosives and the Dynamite Rascals

Her Majesty’s Inspector of Explosives and the Dynamite Rascals

It was an “infernal machine” comprised of a clock, a pistol trigger mechanism, moving cogs and bars of a soft, chemical-smelling material...

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Isha Badoniya on Erik Hoel

Isha Badoniya on Erik Hoel

The neuroscientist vows not to ruin his new beginnings as he re-enters academic life...

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Citizen Mank

Citizen Mank

Success, for Mankiewicz, meant Broadway, not half credit on some blockbuster...

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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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