Monthly Archives: February 2013

Originally posted on Schlemiel Theory:
In Yiddish literature, schlemiels are usually harmless.  The dreams that these Jewish fools live by spur them to be absent-minded. And, though they do collide with reality from time to time, these absent-minded dreams don’t…

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Moving thru Space (NY-SYR)

  On the way on rt 81, just south of Syracuse. Why would anyone want a car that drives itself? Even if it’s an “illusion,” you’d lose the sense of self-propulsion. Who wants that?

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Halakhic Community, Freedom & the Limits of Jewish Law (David Hartman, z”l)

David Hartman was one of the first living Jewish philosophers I encountered in seminar my first year of graduate school in 1988. Raised a proud am-haaretz, A Living Covenant was my second introduction to a liberal form of modern orthodox thought. I … Continue reading

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5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat) (Spoiler Alert)

  About the two new political films about the Occupation coming out of Israel, both of which were nominated at for an Oscar, the lion’s share of attention has gone to the Gatekeepers, less to 5 Broken Cameras by Emad … Continue reading

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Organic & Non-Organic Elements (Morningside Park) (New York)

 

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Historical FiCtion at the Movies (Profits & Catharsis)

Art reflects its own domain, but has a duty not to make things up, at least not out of whole cloth, like this idea, which seems not to be true, that “enhanced interrogation techniques” helped bag Osama bin Laden. A … Continue reading

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Art and Politics (Perception Not Redemption) (Vik Muniz, Waste Land)

(Vik Muniz, from the series Pictures of Garbage, 2008) Bogged down by the powerful sentiment that dominates it, Waste Land, which I saw the other night on Netflix, is two things. It’s a film about art and it’s a film … Continue reading

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