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Translation: Berfrois Interviews Charlotte Mandell

Translation: Berfrois Interviews Charlotte Mandell

Based in the Hudson Valley, Charlotte Mandell has rapidly become one of the world’s most acclaimed translators from French into English...

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Planted

Planted

Plant ethics shares with veganism a strong commitment to justice, which is to say, to the reduction of violence humans perpetrate against other living beings. It is by no means a threat to or an invalidation of veganism. Rather, plant ethics is an open invitation to fine-tune our dietary...

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All Porcupines Climb Trees: Bharat Azad Meets Iain McGilchrist

All Porcupines Climb Trees: Bharat Azad Meets Iain McGilchrist

“One of the saddest things is that I go and talk to artists and dancers etc. and they expect that because I can tell them something about brain correlates, then I can tell them something more profound about what it is they do!”, Iain McGilchrist tells me. “And I...

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“I took the transmission of the shelves”

“I took the transmission of the shelves”

Jonathan Lethem From The Believer: The Believer: When did you first start collecting books? Jonathan Lethem: It really begins with my walking into a shop, one that’s a big part of my life history: Brazen Head Books, on Atlantic Avenue. I was fourteen, and the place was a really...

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Harpo’s Silence: Berfrois Interviews Wayne Koestenbaum

Harpo’s Silence: Berfrois Interviews Wayne Koestenbaum

Humiliation opens with a strip search; Harpo’s “fragile” rear (remember, in The Big Store, a sign saying “Fragile” finds itself on his buttocks) may not cause him shame (indeed, he seems humiliation-proof), but he travels within shame’s dirty circuit. He dives without embarrassment into situations and actions that would cause a...

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“You put on your running shoes”

“You put on your running shoes”

Charles Duhigg, New York Times reporter and author of The Power of Habit by Steve Silberman For a species obsessed with free will, choices, and options, we spend a surprising amount of time acting like zombies. We’re already sipping our morning coffee before we notice we’ve navigated to the...

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Changing the Discourse on the Landless

Changing the Discourse on the Landless

There has been a big discussion about what is more effective during class struggle, Gandhian nonviolent strategy or going back to Leninist or Stalinist methods of violent uprising. The Indian movement of landless people Ekta Parishad has been around for the last 12 years. Rajagopal PV and Jill Carr-Harris...

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Gambling? In Atlantic City?

Gambling? In Atlantic City?

Joel Dias-Porter From Poetry: As you cruise north on New Jersey’s Atlantic Avenue, through the drowsy, middle-class shore towns of Margate and Ventnor, the ice cream parlors and bike shops slowly give way to tattoo parlors, law offices, and pawnshops with “Money to Lend” signs. Imagine The Wire by...

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“Aeronautical engineer”

“Aeronautical engineer”

E. L. Doctorow From The Days of Yore: Cautious at first, Doctorow opens up with a warm and steady chuckle, seeming to surprise himself by his own candor. Did you have a sense when you were very young that a writer was something one could be – and did...

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China in a Very Fast World: Berfrois Interviews Dan Breznitz

China in a Very Fast World: Berfrois Interviews Dan Breznitz

China shines by keeping its industrial production and service industries in perfect tandem with the technological frontier. Like the Red Queen, it runs as fast as possible in order to remain at the cusp of the global technology frontier, while not actually advancing the frontier itself.

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“It was the 80s I think”

“It was the 80s I think”

by John Van Houdt Van Houdt From Kant to Husserl, and now to your work, the move to transcendental philosophy has, for the most part, taken place in times of “crisis.” For Kant it was the potential failure of classical accounts of rationality at the skeptical hands of David...

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Comprehensively: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn

Comprehensively: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn

by Russell Bennetts Melissa Benn is a British journalist and writer. She has written for The Guardian, The London Review of Books, Marxism Today and many other publications. Her most recent book is School Wars: The Battle for Britain’s Education.            Berfrois Is the comprehensive dream over?            Benn Well yes...

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Beached: Berfrois Interviews McKenzie Wark

Beached: Berfrois Interviews McKenzie Wark

by Sam Cooper McKenzie Wark is an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at The New School. His most recent book, The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International , offers a reconsideration of the movement in terms of its lesser-known...

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For the Articles: Berfrois Interviews Carrie Pitzulo

For the Articles: Berfrois Interviews Carrie Pitzulo

by Russell Bennetts Carrie Pitzulo is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of West Georgia. Her current book, Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy provides a social history of the magazine.            Berfrois How radical was Playboy for postwar America?             Pitzulo I’m...

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Always Already Derrida: Berfrois Interviews David Mikics

Always Already Derrida: Berfrois Interviews David Mikics

by Russell Bennetts David Mikics is a professor at the University of Houston and writes on Renaissance literature,  twentieth century poetry and fiction, continental philosophy, and literary theory. His published works are on ideas which range from pathos and subjectivity in Spenser and Milton to individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche. His current book,...

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Playing the News: Berfrois Interviews Simon Ferrari

Playing the News: Berfrois Interviews Simon Ferrari

by Russell Bennetts Simon Ferrari is a doctoral student in digital media at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He recently co-authored Newsgames: Journalism at Play with Ian Bogost and Bobby Schweizer. Simon blogs about gaming at Chungking Expresso. Berfrois            What are Newsgames? Are they closer in nature to...

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Uncloseting Drama and Fag Hags: Berfrois Interviews Nick Salvato

Uncloseting Drama and Fag Hags: Berfrois Interviews Nick Salvato

by Russell Bennetts Nick Salvato is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Cornell University. His first book, Uncloseting Drama: American Modernism and Queer Performance will be published by Yale University Press at the end of November.  Currently Nick is working on a second book, tentatively entitled Performing Waste Management: A...

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