Berfrois

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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Suburban Domesticity on the Moon?

Suburban Domesticity on the Moon?

I had a little conversation with Bryan Alexander over First Man and our capacity for experience. It came down to this (Bryan): “Yes, there's a cultural pattern here, an arc from dread/possibility to suburbs.

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Druid, How’s My Circle?

Druid, How’s My Circle?

It’s a cloudy August morning just after sunrise, and my family and I are speeding about a hundred miles west of London in our rental car, bisecting the Salisbury Plain on the A303.

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It has to be living…

It has to be living…

George Hutchinson’s Facing the Abyss has bracing and revelatory things to say about American culture in the 1940s; also, by contrast and implication, about American culture today.

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She opened the portal…

She opened the portal…

She lay every morning under an avalanche of details, blissed: pictures of breakfasts in Patagonia, a girl applying foundation with a hardboiled egg, a shiba inu in Japan leaping from paw to paw to greet its owner

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Wait for the Drop

Wait for the Drop

Elizabeth Holmes was said to be the ‘youngest self-made female billionaire’ of all time. And why not? Her invention was going to be the reason people – Americans first, but eventually everyone in the world – would lead better, healthier, longer lives.

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Privilege Upon Privilege

Privilege Upon Privilege

If you’re a black British woman with working-class origins, the “class pay gap” for those working in top jobs is an astonishing £20,000.

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“Autonomy made it possible for us to find our own voices”

“Autonomy made it possible for us to find our own voices”

Silvia Federici’s scholarship and activism offers a foundational account of the demand for the wage as a revolutionary act...

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Mixing

Mixing

What are the holidays without an extra cup of holiday cheer? Whether you’re throwing a holiday party or just looking to make a weeknight more bearable, everyone should have a few seasonal cocktails in their arsenal.

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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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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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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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