Berfrois

August 2021

Boomer Removers

Boomer Removers

Wokeness is not just a social philosophy, but an elite status marker, a strategy for personal advancement...

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Across Poisoned Oceans

Across Poisoned Oceans

The pair fly to Japan where they discover the virtual world conjured via the internet does not reflect reality...

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Opening nights since then are bittersweet…

Opening nights since then are bittersweet…

I grew up hearing the story of my mother and grandmother going to the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, to see Victor Herbert’s The Red Mill. This was 1940...

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Constable’s Cart

Constable’s Cart

Constable’s work depicts a quiet, pastoral scene on the River Stour, which forms part of the border between Essex and Suffolk...

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Cabbage, Care and Culture

Cabbage, Care and Culture

In adolescence, I craved rapini and gai lan, salty and oil-slick, perfumed with garlic. In adulthood, I’ve grown fond of cabbage...

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Greg Gerke on Gilles Deleuze

Greg Gerke on Gilles Deleuze

In reading bits and bobs of Deleuze, I came upon some pages in What is Philosophy? that cooly and accurately describe the artist’s experience...

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Golden State; Misplaced Dreams

Golden State; Misplaced Dreams

Today, when I hear that fraudsters such as Robin DiAngelo are seeking to coerce employees of large corporations into joining “racial affinity groups”, my only thought is this: No thanks, lady. I’ve seen that trick before...

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Struggle Sessions and Penal Reform

Struggle Sessions and Penal Reform

Political indoctrination became an important strategy alongside moral instruction...

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Timelessnesses

Timelessnesses

Inside St Mary’s Church in Gdańsk stands a Clock of Everything. At fourteen metres, it was the tallest clock ever built when Hans Düringer completed it in 1470...

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‘Why was I making so many cups of tea?’

‘Why was I making so many cups of tea?’

It couldn’t possibly be that I was actually missing the ebb and flow of office life, could it?

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The dog was more lifelike than expected…

The dog was more lifelike than expected…

If he obeyed a voice command – to sit, stay or roll over – I was supposed to scratch his head and say, “good dog”...

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Joe Linker on Keith Kopka

Joe Linker on Keith Kopka

It's poetry where the Punk finds their way out of the mosh pit and into the solo business of writing poems to make sense of it all...

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Bleta at Sharra

Bleta at Sharra

On the first of July, artists, curators, and art afficionados gathered at the gates of the Sharra landfill of Tirana to attend the inauguration of a public artwork by Kosovar artist Sislej Xhafa...

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No One the Wiser

No One the Wiser

What is Socrates getting out of showing people that they don’t know what they take themselves to know?

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Fall of Kabul

Fall of Kabul

Robert Gates argued in his memoir that Biden had been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades...

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Was the Glorious Revolution illegal?

Was the Glorious Revolution illegal?

Was the Glorious Revolution even a revolution? Should it be understood as its own event or merely the final chapter in the seventeenth-century English conflict with the Stuarts?

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(Parentheses are outward-looking); “quotation is inward-looking”

(Parentheses are outward-looking); “quotation is inward-looking”

A parenthetical phrase (like this one) may refer to things outside of it, parts of the sentence it inhabits (say)...

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