Old Stone House (Simulacrum)

I like flags and historical simulacra, including this landmark in what used to be the Brooklyn countryside. This replica of the old Dutch farmhouse in at the border of Park Slope and Gowanus. (I’m pretty sure this is a reconstruction). This old stone house was the site of an important Revolutionary Battle lost to the British. For a time, it was the clubhouse of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is now part of a park, plopped rather ignobly between soccer fields and a playground. On Sundays, there’s a farmer’s market nearby where I used to eat bbq tempe sandwiches before they stopped making them on bread and now serve them on kale. When you lens up the picture real close, you get the trace presence of an historical effect. Who cares if it isn’t real? I also like that it’s “here” and not “there.”

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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