Berfrois

Academics as Comrades

Academics as Comrades

Academics are encouraged to be many things: “professional,” “mindful,” “collaborative,” “accessible,” “socially conscious,” “innovative"...

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Disruption, Disrupted

Disruption, Disrupted

WeWork was the latest and greatest “unicorn,” a massive disrupter to the commercial real estate industry, for whom the sky was literally the limit.

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Janky Machines

Janky Machines

We live in machines but are not machines. Restless forms imagine new presents, where past and future meet. As becoming-digital beings, we retain and engage the problem of embodiment...

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Tuna Pasta and Bargain Lager

Tuna Pasta and Bargain Lager

Oasis went from fourth on the bill at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow to playing to a quarter of a million people at Knebworth in a little over three years.

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Some Advice for Jew Fetishists

Some Advice for Jew Fetishists

For as long as I’ve been having sex, men have wanted to fuck my Judaism and have sought me out because of it.

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Harlem’s Tennis Superstar

Harlem’s Tennis Superstar

Back when Gibson was growing up, in the 1930s and 1940s, it would have been a hive of activity, shrieking kids running around playing stickball, punchball, marbles and a variety of tag games. And as fate had it, there was another activity taking place on the doorstep of her...

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Woodstock Turns 50

Woodstock Turns 50

It’s Woodstock’s fiftieth. Happy birthday! But which Woodstock shall we celebrate? I prefer the nostalgic “legacies of ancient ties binding our tribe to the garden primeval”

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Corporate Mindfulness

Corporate Mindfulness

Whatever ails you—be it anger, depression, or wanting a career change—there is a book on how mindfulness and meditation can help you attain your goals while bringing about a sense of contentedness.

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We read piles of books to earn personal pan pizzas…

We read piles of books to earn personal pan pizzas…

In high school, we swooned to boy bands and carried quarters so we could “arrive alive” after a teenage drinking binge. In middle school, we walked straight to airport gates to greet our grandparents as they tumbled off flights...

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Obscene Talent

Obscene Talent

Talent is like obscenity: you know it when you see it. It’s something that can’t be defined, only recognized—an irreducible and unteachable entity, like charisma or humor...

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Rainy Cafe

Rainy Cafe

To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world...

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Notifried

Notifried

The afternoon of Friday 13 November 2015 was a chilly one in Manhattan, but that only made the atmosphere inside the Old Town Bar...

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Eric D. Lehman: The Pleasures and Dangers of Private Criticism

Eric D. Lehman: The Pleasures and Dangers of Private Criticism

Literary critics are an easy target, particularly for authors. John Fowles put it this way in his novel Daniel Martin: “However justified the criticism...

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Tolkien in His Sleep

Tolkien in His Sleep

It is difficult not to feel that JRR Tolkien’s name destined him for philological studies and perhaps in the end for the creation of imaginary worlds...

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Slacking

Slacking

And so the torch has been passed to a new generation, or so the story goes. This year, the last of the millennials and the first of Generation Z...

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Berfrois: The Book Is Now Available!

Berfrois: The Book Is Now Available!

Berfrois: The Book is now available at all good bookshops and a certain online store.

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Joe Linker: AWP Diary

Joe Linker: AWP Diary

The annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) convention is being held this coming week in my home town of Portland, Oregon.

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Ill

Ill

In my early twenties, along with an obsessive but largely un-acted-upon desire to become a writer, I was afflicted by an enduring physical malaise. It is hard now for me to separate these two dominant features of my life at that time

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To Be a Chonga

To Be a Chonga

Around the time Fergie dropped her hit “Fergalicious” and the spoof “Chongalicious” followed, many people outside the Latinx community discovered what it meant to be a chonga. Although sometimes referred to by different names such as a chola, pachuca or chuca...

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Interiority Combustion Engine by Ed Simon

Interiority Combustion Engine by Ed Simon

Ann Radcliffe’s 1794 best-selling novel The Mysteries of Udolpho, containing as it does all of the stereotypical accoutrement of its gothic genre, from perfidious Italian counts to dark castles...

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Staying Woke

Staying Woke

In the late ’90s and early aughts, the word woke was a life vest. My parents and the other black people I grew up with used it to stay afloat in a Wisconsin town whose university once feigned diversity by photoshopping a black man onto the cover of an...

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