Berfrois

Jewishnessness

Jewishnessness

When I was about ten or eleven years old, it was common at my boys’ school to make a loose fist, insert one’s nose...

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24 Little Hours

24 Little Hours

Back in 1997, when liberal capitalism bestrode the Atlantic and history had been abolished, morning came with a newspaper. The paper you got depended not just on your taste, but on where you lived...

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From 9 to 5 to 4.91 to 4.79

From 9 to 5 to 4.91 to 4.79

In May 2016, after months of failing to find a traditional job, I began driving for the ride-hailing company Lyft. I was enticed by an online advertisement that promised new drivers in the Los Angeles area a $500 “sign-up bonus” after completing their first 75 rides.

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Even music and drama classes neglected to reference queer culture…

Even music and drama classes neglected to reference queer culture…

It was during the hangover years of Section 28 that I attended a comprehensive school in Derby...

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Excelsior

Excelsior

When I think of truly magical moments from my childhood, I think of my mother introducing me to comic books when I was about five. Just dropped Archie, Batman and Superman off on my bed and left me to disappear into adventure.

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For Sale: Immortality

For Sale: Immortality

There’s no surer sign that life has become too comfortable for the rich than when they try to buy immortality.

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Mooching Nibbles

Mooching Nibbles

I dreamed the American dream,” Anthony Scaramucci writes in his memoir, “Trump, the Blue-Collar President,” a work of Trump hagiography that also recounts the Mooch’s rise...

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Is Tyrion Lannister related to Daenerys Targaryen?

Is Tyrion Lannister related to Daenerys Targaryen?

Peter Dinklage recently reignited a Game of Thrones fan theory with just four words during an acceptance speech at the 2018 Emmys in September...

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The Hope of Homosexual Life

The Hope of Homosexual Life

"Most of us internalized the going cultural definition of who we were — sick, criminal, deformed, psychiatrically disturbed..."

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More Strategic Than Sentimental

More Strategic Than Sentimental

One month into their marriage, my parents leave Turkey for good. It’s my mom’s first time on a plane. They fly from Ankara to Brisbane, an Australian city where they don’t know anyone.

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Gregory Giles and Teresa K. Miller Discuss Tortured Genius

Gregory Giles and Teresa K. Miller Discuss Tortured Genius

People often said that he finished sentences for me. Well, he did. He was between me and the world. He not only answered the telephone; he finished my sentences.

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Uncertain Types

Uncertain Types

Merve Emre strikesa rare off-note in her crackling new book, The Personality Brokers, when she briefly purports not to understand the appeal of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

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Must-Read Most-Unread

Must-Read Most-Unread

Miss MacIntosh, My Darling is a modernist novel decidedly unconcerned with modern questions. It seems impossible to describe the book in terms of plot or structure. Even the basic operations of character and perspective are not straightforward.

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All Day Twitter

All Day Twitter

What is it about social media that’s so depressing? I’m asking for myself. And I mean beyond the obvious: that much of the imagery and information presented there accelerates suffering and despair...

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Planesgamers

Planesgamers

In his youth, Richard Garfield, the mathematician who created Magic: The Gathering, liked to play and invent games. Before his family settled in Oregon, in the mid-seventies...

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‘Her desire to break into prestigious New York magazines’

‘Her desire to break into prestigious New York magazines’

Although millennials are most often compared to baby boomers, the generation with which they’re locked in economic and Oedipal struggle...

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Uncritical Practice

Uncritical Practice

A broader window into the corner of academia that is “theory” is provided by the defenders of Ronell. In May, some 50 prominent academics signed a pro-Ronell letter that was sent privately to NYU’s president and its provost.

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Rented Humans

Rented Humans

If employees proceed to select or elect their own representatives, what compels Google management to recognize them? And if Google employees continue to speak up or attempt to self-organize...

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Skid Road, Jet City

Skid Road, Jet City

Seattle gleams under the grey skies that characterize its climate. Container ships from China wait in Elliott Bay to unload, while tour boats head out to Alaska’s shrinking glaciers. A visitor attraction, the Great Wheel, towers over Pier 57...

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