Berfrois

Give Me Excess

Give Me Excess

In the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, having been repeatedly rejected by the Countess Olivia, invokes a musical metaphor to describe his lovesick heart...

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Philippa Snow on Downloading Nancy

Philippa Snow on Downloading Nancy

When Nancy and her lover, Louis, are on the road somewhere outside Baltimore, and she has finally left her husband, and the world outside the car looks the way...

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“Life is wasted on people”

“Life is wasted on people”

In Noah Baumbach’s newly released “Marriage Story,” Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play a couple who are going through a painful, protracted divorce battle.

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Welcome Along

Welcome Along

We begin as guests, every single one of us. Helpless little creatures whose every need must be attended to.

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Jesse Miksic: Don’t Look Now

Jesse Miksic: Don’t Look Now

To do my due diligence this year, hoping to connect with the cosmic conspiracy that suddenly seems so proximal, I unearth Don't Look Now, which I have secreted away on my hard drive...

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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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