Berfrois

October 2021

Ice Age Burials

Ice Age Burials

For most of our evolutionary history, we did indeed live in Africa – but not just the eastern savannas, as previously thought...

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Can the climate crisis overcome culture war logic?

Can the climate crisis overcome culture war logic?

Culture wars present us with an unflattering mirror: whether we take part in them or not, they can easily make us seem either pathetic or buck-passing...

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Friendship and Plan 9 from Outer Space

Friendship and Plan 9 from Outer Space

Lugosi not only acts in Wood’s movies and gives each scene his all—at one point he jumps into the water to wrestle a broken mechanical octopus—but also encourages Wood’s belief in their vocation...

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Some Sounds

Some Sounds

A house down around the block is getting a new roof, hammers echoing like giant flickers. Since the big virus outbreak...

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Third Wave Anti-Racism’s Ruthless Evangelism

Third Wave Anti-Racism’s Ruthless Evangelism

Encouraging black people to see themselves as perpetual victims, while assigning to white people the task of becoming enlightened enough to recognize their own inherent and irredeemable racism creates a culture of soft-bigotry...

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George Reiner on Mira Mattar

George Reiner on Mira Mattar

Affiliation is a geography of bleeding boundaries and abrupt junctures...

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Chaos in Colombia

Chaos in Colombia

I was twenty years and thirty days old when that bomb went off in downtown Bogotá...

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Our Purpose Is Preservation

Our Purpose Is Preservation

Twenty years ago a prophetic Onion article reported that the Dinty Moore soup company took a firm stand against terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11. Today this is no longer satire...

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Frederick and Falcons in Faenza

Frederick and Falcons in Faenza

Falconry was, by then, a common pursuit. Having been introduced to Europe from Central Asia or the Near East, it had been practised at least since the ninth century...

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The Berfrois Circus Rolls On!

The Berfrois Circus Rolls On!

Thank you to our 35 backers!

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Douglas Penick: Shang Chlorite

Douglas Penick: Shang Chlorite

This small stone man shows the fathomless silent darkness in our past. He is the wordless night...

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Forest Knowledge; Mountain Faith

Forest Knowledge; Mountain Faith

Deep inside the fractured forests that still ring the mountain, a hallowed sense of wonder persists...

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Berlin and the Volcanoes of Theory by Stuart Walton

Berlin and the Volcanoes of Theory by Stuart Walton

The principal shift in the transition from German to French theory is the abandonment of any ethical duty to the biggest picture of all, that of society...

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They Guillotined Robespierre, Didn’t They?

They Guillotined Robespierre, Didn’t They?

Universities will no longer be dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge but to the promotion of student comfort and the avoidance of social-media attacks...

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China’s REE Monopoly

China’s REE Monopoly

The most infamous mine in China is Bayan-Obo, the largest REE mine in the world. Even more infamous than the mine itself is the tailing pond it has produced...

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Sheepish Drumming

Sheepish Drumming

Elton John was singing “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” and I was belting it out with him...

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While on holiday in Bognor…

While on holiday in Bognor…

All men are equal on their holidays: all are free to dream their castles without thought of expense, or skill of architect...

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Is a night in the woods scarier than a couple silent hills?

Is a night in the woods scarier than a couple silent hills?

The scariest element of Night In the Woods isn’t anything aesthetic at all—and the secret to unlocking it lies in the game’s fundamental mechanic of decision-making...

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