Monthly Archives: April 2013

Black Like a Raven: Menstruation and Aesthetics

Originally posted on The Talmud Blog:
With my book, The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sasanian Context (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press) in production and due out later this year, I have finally been able to return to…

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Mis-Mediatation (Knowledge) (MOOC-Online University)

I enjoyed this cheerful and caustic piece about MOOC’s on the front page of the NYT Sunday Review, although I guess it no longer surprises me that MOOCs have such an appeal to “star professors.” There seems to be something mutually … Continue reading

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Boston (Human Monster Machine) (Bio-Power)

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that an entire urban area with a population of 1 million was put under lockdown to track down a confused and deluded nineteen year old mass murderer. On the one … Continue reading

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Exodus and Revolution (~Political Theology) (Images) (Michael Walzer)

Books come to you in your moment of need for them. I’m sure I would not have “understood”  Michael Walzer’s now classic Exodus and Revolution had I read it in graduate school like I probably should have. New intellectual currents … Continue reading

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How Come There’s no Anti-Gun Lobby?

So people are angry with the Senate for failing to pass gun control, but the problem is “structural.” Maybe it’s the culture too, or maybe one of the reasons that the gun people win all the time has something to … Continue reading

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Ontology of the Photographic Image (Photography Surrealism Religion) (Andre Bazin)

When I first read it, Andre Bazin’s classic 1945 essay “The Ontology of the Photographic Image” was a complete mystery. I could not make out what the author meant when he famously claimed, “The photographic image is the object itself.” … Continue reading

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Boston

After the initial shock and actual sympathy, there’s has been nothing intelligent online said “about” the terrorist attack in Boston –just free floating clichés about indomitable human spirit, resilience, human goodness, and empathy –Pamela Geller notwithstanding. The Huffington Post was … Continue reading

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Holocaust Ridiculous (Imagination) (Anne Frank, etc.)

A friend-colleague asked on FB what people thought about the teacher in Albany in hot water over assigning his students an assignment justifying the Nazi point of view regarding Jews. Meanwhile, in the same news cycle was Justin Bieber asserting … Continue reading

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Sexuality Religion Politics (Savage) (Wiener)

Amazing review of Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu by Dan Savage in the New York Times Book Review. Chu’s book sounds interesting enough as are Savage’s comments about Christianity and homophobia as well as his frustrations with Chu’s book. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Taubes’ Letters to Schmitt

To get you into your inner-Nazi, left-left, anti-liberal groove, this is hot off the press, the letters of Jacob Taubes to ultra-conservative jurist Carl Schmitt. The good news is that it looks like less than 50 pages of actual text. … Continue reading

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