Monthly Archives: May 2012

Remember Your Dead-Book of Ruth-Berserker God (Yizkor) (Shavuot)

(On Kawara, One Million Years) I wanted to say Yizkor for my father. I don’t usually observe second day of holiday. During the school year, it’s one more day of holiday (chag) that I can’t afford to take off. But … Continue reading

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“Religion & Society” (Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory)

I finished reading Bruno Latour’s Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory. I wish I could better assess this book’s importance. I read it fast because I think it’s a mess of a book, but there’s a lot of … Continue reading

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High Tech High Jinks Cynicism (Tom Sachs Space Program: Mars at the NY Armory)

I went to see Tom Sachs Space Program: Mars in the cavernous Drill Hall at the New York Armory. Sachs has assembled all the equipment that a successful mission to Mars will require: space modules, mission control panels, communication system, … Continue reading

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High Tech Big Business

As reminded by this article in the NYT about FB’s IPO, let’s also not forget the dirty business of high tech and big science. The trick is how to keep enthusiam and critical bearings all together, if not simultaneously, then … Continue reading

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Religion & Technology (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and the Internet)

Much (most?) of the press about the recent rally at Citi Field Stadium by ultra-orthodox Jews focused on its “anti-modern” “strangeness” by highlighting [1] the exclusion of woment from the event and [2] expressions of extreme rejection of the internet … Continue reading

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Techno-ecstasis (Mark Hansen’s Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing)

(Lost in the Static 1.1 “is a simple Little game that uses some surprising aspects of the human perceptual system to Create a visible world out of animating static. Please note that this display is not suitable for everyone! Some people … Continue reading

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Ethics & Aesthetics (Margaret Olin, Touching Photographs)

A lot of you out there are going to like this one. I just finished Margaret Olin’s Touching Photographs.  Handsomely put together, it’s a generous book that covers lots of ground (Roland Barthes, Sebald, James VanDerZee, 9/11 memorial photos, Abu … Continue reading

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