Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Little Pony

My 4 year old daughter simply will not tolerate television shows and books without girls. My Little Pony, Pokemon, Scooby Doo, New Looney Tunes, Amanda Pig, Ladybug Girl, and anything with princesses. There has to be a girl. This I … Continue reading

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Red Barn Landscape (Central New York)

These shots are from one of my favorite spots up above a valley on the way down rt. 81 a bit south from Syracuse. I like the big red barn, the close horizon line, the striated fields, and how a … Continue reading

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Techno-Humanism (Lewis Mumford, Technics & Civilization)

Am just finishing Lewis Mumford’s Technics & Civilization, a classic from 1930 that still has a lot of punch. I think I was reading Jeremy Stolow’s Deus in Machina, and Mumford’s name keeps popping up, in a good way. I’m … Continue reading

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RIP Dear Abby

A little late, but RIP, Dear Abby, “Pauline Friedman Phillips, Daughter of Jewish Immigrants.” All the obituaries made a lot of Dear Abby’s  common sense, while the Daily Forward picked up the Jewish angle. I like how these old photographs catch … Continue reading

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Submerged Green Space (New York) (Future & Past)

Interesting article online at the New Yorker in which city planner imagine the greening of Lower Manhattan. The idea is to buffer the city for the kind of flooding that blighted that part of the City during Hurricane Sandy, and … Continue reading

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Science and Judaism (Fertility) (Judith Shulevitz on Fresh Air with Terry Gross)

(Kazmir Malevich, Black Square and Red Square 1915/Cindy Sherman, Untitled #183, 1988) So on the commute home from Syracuse I caught Judith Shulevitz, the science editor at the New Republic, talking about her latest article on what may be the bad … Continue reading

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Google — Jewish Philosophy Place

From my “stats” page: these  are the terms of a Google search by which a number of readers stumbled across Jewish philosophy, aesthetics, and “critical thought” at JPP. I like the grouping of associations. starry sky 28 notre dame de … Continue reading

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China, Israel, and the Art of Disaster Politics (Ai Weiwei)

(Ai Weiwei Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995) I saw on Netflix the other night Alison Klayman’s film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which synchs the political uses of art, fame, and social media. The film looks at the work of … Continue reading

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“Church Portraits Speak to the Earthly World” (Art & Religion at the New York Times)

“The Baroque art and architecture that the viceroys bankrolled gave license to a peculiar sort of cultural insurrection: an opulence of expression, specifically Neapolitan, proudly courting bad taste, which thumbed its nose at Spanish and Roman proprieties. Churches here during … Continue reading

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Secular Church Place (Miniaturized Religion in the Information Age)

I read this piece a week or two back in the NYT about changes in evangelical institution building. It seems that now the mega-church is out, as evangelical Christians seek to claim more user-friendly forms of place. It suggests at … Continue reading

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