Berfrois

Goodbye, Hello

Goodbye, Hello

Thank you for reading Berfrois (2009-2022)!

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“It was like a great trashy novel had come to life”

“It was like a great trashy novel had come to life”

She had everything she could possibly want. And then the police announced that she and her lover-boy nephew were cold-blooded killers...

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The 7th Mode

The 7th Mode

Racers such as the bounty hunter Captain Falcon hovered smoothly across intergalactic circuits suspended in the sky...

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Decorating Fragrant Evergreens

Decorating Fragrant Evergreens

Celebrants added nuts, strings of popcorn or beads, oranges, lemons, candies and home-made trinkets. However, widely-read newspapers and ladies' magazines raised the standards for ornamentation...

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #7

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #7

It is December. People bake, putting goods into ovens. Quiet sweetness is placed on tables...

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Christmas Number

Christmas Number

There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes...

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Douglas Penick: Christmas Claus Causality

Douglas Penick: Christmas Claus Causality

Presents embody a moment in which the obligation to work for every material joy is suspended...

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Le Carré was not part of the literary bureaucracy…

Le Carré was not part of the literary bureaucracy…

John le Carré became a diligent student of nineteenth-century German literature. He was recruited by the British Secret Intelligence Service while at Oxford...

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bell hooks in Denmark

bell hooks in Denmark

We have so many new groups like the Spice Girls, who are asserting a kind of feminist adventurism with their music...

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Latvian Earthworms

Latvian Earthworms

We are all earthworms who must dig through the ground...

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Extraordinary Winter

Extraordinary Winter

Beginning in December 1917, a powerful series of unrelenting and formidable ice storms and blizzards wreaked havoc across the United States...

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Joanna Hogg’s Souvenirs

Joanna Hogg’s Souvenirs

When does a life become a story, a narrative legible to those outside it?

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Karl Marx’s Confession

Karl Marx’s Confession

Marx's favourite colour was red...

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Louverture at the Brit

Louverture at the Brit

Based on extensive research, including a visit to Fort de Joux, Martineau’s historical romance repeatedly stated the idea of black agency and capability...

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Andre Gerard’s Sleuthing Delights

Andre Gerard’s Sleuthing Delights

The biggest delight of my Conan Doyle sleuthing may well be a false clue, even if the facts are not in doubt...

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Awash With Forgeries

Awash With Forgeries

The art work in fiction is less likely to be the basis for some epiphany than to be a MacGuffin...

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Baudelaire’s Flowers

Baudelaire’s Flowers

Paris wasn’t then what it is now...

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‘Few vaudevillistes can escape the contagion’

‘Few vaudevillistes can escape the contagion’

Your literature amounts to nothing now Having picked up all of romanticism’s errors, Its writings all reveal the face of Nature, Poor and decrepit, surrounded by great horrors...

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