Monthly Archives: August 2012

Chickens (New York State Fair)

Aggressive birds. I suppose there is nothing remotely likable about chickens. At eye level up in their cages, the rooters are incredibly intimidating. Trying to photograph the big guys with their big chicken heads and big chicken chests, their combs … Continue reading

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Bacon Deep Fried Chocalate (New York State Fair)

Sweet and savory, the State Fair is a laboratory for the low arts of the synthetic human imagination. There ought to be a law against this kind of stuff…oh, right, there is. I did, however, try the glazed doughnut hamburger, … Continue reading

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Cows (New York State Fair)

I like the large bodies, how they fill out the frame and take up space, how they all stick together. There’s nothing more glorious than this slow, gliding gait. Unfairly, Nietzsche defamed the herd mentality of bovine life. And not just … Continue reading

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Animal Politics (Fox Fables) (Berechiah ha-Nakdan)

Sovereignty means that the strong eat the weak, who survive only by their wits, all and each out for their own against the other. This is what we learn about animal life, the unvarnished truth in Fox Fables, the English translation of Mishlei … Continue reading

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Pigs (New York State Fair)

Meat is murder, I guess, but this is the way we live. I’m very ambivalent about the pig. Or maybe not. Actually, I just don’t like them. I don’t like the smooth, pink, a little-too-human skin. Why can’t I be more generous? The … Continue reading

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Islam and Enlightenment (Gender, Jokes, and the Difference that Makes no Difference) (Nathan the Wise)

One of the caricatures of the Enlightenment is that the entire system is predicated upon a universalism that precludes cultural difference and particularism. It’s a lazy caricature typically used by conservatives and crypto conservatives to beat up liberalism. It does … Continue reading

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Physical & Abstract (New York State Fair)

Both physical and abstract, the Midway at the State Fair is the most exciting place. That’s where the rides are. You move through a place defined entirely by noise, color, lights, height, shapes, velocities, and repitition. But once the sun … Continue reading

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