Monthly Archives: January 2013

Egypt, Israel, and the Arab Spring (Scale)

There’s an  excellent piece about President Mohammed Mursi of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi in the New York Review of Books. It reads very much like an insider’s view of recent events in Egypt going back to the elections that … Continue reading

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A Muddy, Melting Mess (Sometimes I Couldn’t Care a Less About Technology) (…But Then Again)

Was driving around campus tonight and tuned in to “As it Happens,” a Canadian news talk-show. There was some guy talking about Blackberry and some new launch and there was something about FB over at the Atlantic Monthly online the … Continue reading

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Syria (Collapse)

Listening to NPR on the drive up to Syracuse yesterday, the news was dominated by the most recent massacre in Aleppo, Syria, by the coverage of Egypt as society continues to come apart at the seams, and by Mali, another … Continue reading

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A Note on Cybernetics and Religion (Norbert Wiener)

Just finished Norbert Wiener’s1954, second edition of The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society. The world view is based on probability being introduced into the study of physics, with a focus on incompleteness and contingency as a way … Continue reading

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Bright Yellow Pollen Square (Wolfgang Laib)

Wolfgang Laib’s big bright yellow pollen square now showing at the Museum of Modern Art is very cool, in and of itself, and apropos right after the Rilke “Bees of the Invisible” bit in the post just below. The intensification … Continue reading

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Bees of the Invisible (Rilke)

At the threshold between visibility and invisibility, earthly life and spiritual vistas, here’s Rilke in the famous 1925 letter to his Polish translator, Witold Von Hulewicz, about the material transformation of object-things into invisible form and, then back again, into … Continue reading

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(Flow) I Am (Rilke) Sonnets to Orpheus

Rilke is the poet of the Information Age, art nouveau its design culture. There’s no better articulation of the tensions between subjects, objecthood and mass. What is the status of the individual subjectivity in a world constituted as constant flux? … Continue reading

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