Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bestial Violence Bestial Suffering — Jane Alexander, Surveys (From the Cape of Good Hope) at St. John the Divine

Here’s Holland Cotter getting it right about religion in the Jane Alexander exhibit currently on view at St. John the Divine. Alexander has transformed the neo-gothic cathedral into “an occupied zone this spring, with a transient population of unearthly beings camped … Continue reading

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Martin Kavka reviews Shaul Magid, American Post Judaism

Check out Martin Kavka’s review in Religion Dispatches of Shaul Magid’s new American Post-Judaism.  http://www.religiondispatches.org/books/atheologies/7115/american_jews__from_holocaust_to_new_age_hasidism/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Open Church Windows

(First Church of Christ Scientist at 96th St and Central Park West) I like the way these kinds of window open up on a vertical axis.

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Digital Switch On/Off (Extending & Reducing Your Technological Footprint) (Digital Humanities)

Just back from the Adirondacks, where I spent a couple of days at a Syracuse University faculty conference on “Digital Humanities,” of if not that, exactly, on the use of digital platforms for the purpose of research and pedagogy in … Continue reading

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Orientation (Adirondacks)

Up, down, across sky, earth, and mortals — I  ripped up my pair of favorite torn jeans, stressed out out my right knee, and twisted my ankle.  A cry of pain shot down the mountain. An incomplete fourfould, without gods, … Continue reading

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Nakba (Rhetorics and Logics)

May 15 was Nakba Day, and I’m noting how, with each passing year, more and more Nakba discourse slips into liberal and leftwing Jewish thought in Israel and the United States, even as some on the Israeli rightwing begin to … Continue reading

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Adirondacks ~Jewish Philosophy ~Israel

What a relief. Nobody cares anything about what I do up here. Some places are more conducive than others to certain kinds of thoughts.

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Heroic MOOCs At Harvard (Hubris)

It’s embarrassing to read Gregory Nagy in the recent New Yorker article by Nathan Heller. The article is one of the best bits on MOOCs that I’ve come across. What’s new here is not the news about attempts to strip … Continue reading

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New York Corporate Bike Share Program

I suppose if I have a problem with the soon to be launched NYC bike share program, it’s not the intrusion of contemporary design elements into pristine downtown neighborhoods. I’m sure they will blend in over time, as most things … Continue reading

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Esoteric-Exoteric Mystical Vision (Ezekiel 1) (Shavuot)

This cannot be the first time I’ve ever been to synagogue for the first day of Shavuot, but there is no other way to explain my surprise at finding that the first chapter of Ezekiel, perhaps the most enigmatic and … Continue reading

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