Monthly Archives: October 2012

Serial Form (Blog) (Temporary Organization)

If you want to run on a blog a discrete series of posts around a specific topic (aesthetics, Kafka, etc), you I have to map it out the basic idea first. Then post it backwards, meaning that you post the … Continue reading

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Cardboard Bicycle

Good design, a cardboard bicycle. I found it at http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/an-israeli-cardboard-bicycle-that-could-change-the-world-1.470132  

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Edward Said (Zionist)

I don’t really think this, but let’s try it out. No matter how critical she or he might be, maybe a “Zionist” is anyone who contributes to the discourse of Zionism and to an understanding of Zionism, anyone who talks … Continue reading

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Pictures from Romneyland (Central New York)

It’s always something. On US-81N just before Cortland, NY there’s this bit of roadside property used by its  owner as a platform from which to signal subliminal political messages to us drivers-by. Lonely and autumnal, no one seems to care.

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Aesthetic Judgment & Visual Thinking (Jewish Philosophy) (Polemic)

Always are the assertions bunted around that aesthetics is simply individual and idiosyncratic, with no epistemological or ethical value. What I think is more to the point is that an “aesthetic judgment” is never individual, but always shared in some … Continue reading

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Radical Sociology & Real Estate Development (Vladimir Lenin in New York)

When I first saw it, I naturally assumed it was an old relic from the heyday of 1920s New York Jewish socialism. Apparently not and even better, as explained here. Dour Comrade Lenin sits atop the luxurious “Red Square Apartments” on … Continue reading

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Aesthetics @ Jewish Philosophy Place (Aesthetics & Jewish Philosophy) (A Little Polemic)

Jewish Philosophy Place (JPP) is a vanity. I want others to see what I see and what they don’t see, to see connections that maybe don’t exist, to care about something about which they don’t care. Perhaps the connections I … Continue reading

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Photographs (New York) (William Meyers)

There’s a nice showing of photographs, NEW YORK: STIEGLITZ TO TITARENKO at Nailya Alexander Gallery. I’m partial to this one by William Meyers, a photographer whom I happen to know and who’s work I like a lot. It’s straight photography.” … Continue reading

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ZJB: THIS IS VERY INTERESTING. SATLOW”S TAKE-AWAY IS THIS: “When a colleague says that I work in “rabbinics” they are also implicitly asserting that I do not primarily work in “late antique religions” or history.”

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Haunted & Haunting (Russian Jewish Folk Art)

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett posted on FB this link to a Jewish folk art exhibit in Moscow. Eastern and orthodox, the images lie outside the art history tradition as established in the west. Is that why, if only in part,   I’m finding … Continue reading

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