Monthly Archives: November 2012

(Radiance) (Possibility) (Religion) Kafka Complete Stories

I was sort of expecting to find it, and there it was: religion in Kafka. What I did not expect to find was modal possibility, meaning that “the religious” in Kafka’s stories is bound up with possibility. Bear in mind … Continue reading

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(I “Hate”) Beethoven Awareness Month (24/7)

Did you know that November is Beethoven Awareness Month at WQXR? I can’t wait until it’s over.  “So don’t listen.” For some reason, I feel compelled, no, “commanded” to listen!  “…Did you know that Beethoven was a nature lover? Like … Continue reading

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Helen Levitt Documentary (Help Support)

Here are the results of a Google image search for American Jewish photographer Helen Levitt. Documentary film director Mina Son recently contacted me looking to help promote and find funding for a film on Levitt  being put together by Director … Continue reading

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Tradition (Obsolete Technology) (Kafka Complete Stories) (Judaism)

In a story by Kafka, tradition takes shape as a machinic thing, an obsolete technology against or out of sorts with the modern grain that continues to function, sort of. Tradition is like the piecemeal construction that is “The Great … Continue reading

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Red Sea (Robert Motherwell)

(Robert Motherwell, Red Sea I, 1976) biblical, gestural, red (on view at “Pulled, Pressed, and Screened: Important American Prints at the Syracuse University Art Galleries)

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Get Out! (Constricted Space) (Kafka Complete Stories)

There’s no reason to “like” Franz Kafka. He didn’t like himself either. It took me forever to get through The Compete Stories by Franz Kafka, and I’m now of the opinion that Kafka was right. Max Brod should have burnt … Continue reading

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(Ben Shahn) With Whom Would You Rather Talk? (Advice to [Academics])

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God’s Eye View (Michal Rovner, Topography)

(Michal Rovner, Shomron, 2012) Went to see “Topography,” the new Michal Rovner exhibition at Pace Gallery, on view through December 22. Like all of Rovner’s work, this particular show is possessed by the experience of place and time, landscape and … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Genre: Politics as Fable (Doris Lessing)

I’ve been thinking about “the political” a lot these days and reading a lot of online journalism following the news, and I keep bumping into  the question of genre, namely trying to figure out a way to wrap my mind … Continue reading

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(Guilt, Morality, and Justice) Israel-Palestine 2012 (A Curse)

My FB friends have wisely moved on, but I still want to try to get a wrap on the events of last week, so that I too might move on to things that matter more than Israel and Hamas. I’m … Continue reading

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