Monthly Archives: November 2013

Photography Monotheism (Amenhotep IV)

This is what monotheism looks like. As represented by a portrait of Amenhotep IV from the Cairo Museum and then photographed, monotheism is an old, stony, taut, and angular profile, a photographic image of an original graven image,  hovering over and … Continue reading

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Post Human New School University Center (13th St)

Here’s the brand new New School University Center on 13th and 5th Avenue. I like how this big monster complements the mid-century St. Vincent Hospital’s O’Toole Medical Services Building just down the street on 7th Avenue. The old and new modern city … Continue reading

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Gods – Photographs

If you could photograph a god, what would a god look like? Naked and chiaroscuro. Anthropomorphic, not apophatic. Not the god-itself, and not the first figure of a god in the form of an icon or idol, but the image and … Continue reading

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Modern Vicious Bite (St. Vincent Hospital’s O’Toole Medical Services Building) (13th St)

Built in 1964, St. Vincent Hospital’s O’Toole Medical Services Building at 13th St and 7th Avenue is still rather gorgeous when you look at it up close. The building was originally designed for the National Maritime Union, and it is supposed … Continue reading

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Freud Memory Photography (Jewish Techno-Paganism) (Mary Bergstein)

A friend recommended and I liked a lot, loved it actually, Mary Bergstein’s Mirrors of Memory: Freud, Photography, and the History of Art. In this book about everything, Bergstein writes about art, psychology, archaeology, religion, medicine, but primarily about the … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Brick and Garden (W.13th St)

The combinations of white and red and green, grid and organic shapes caught my eye in Greenwich Village. W. 13th Street is one of my favorite places anywhere. 

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Jewish History Jewish Philosophy Jewish Law Jewish Poetry (The Geonim of Babylonia) (Robert Brody)

I just recently finished reading Robert Brody’s The Geonim of Babylonia and the Shaping of Medieval Culture. Scratching the surface, I’m playing a kind of catch up on Jewish history. As an academic discipline, Jewish Studies remains dominated by history and … Continue reading

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New York City Forest Fall Foliage

New England it’s not, but Inwood Hill Park at the northwest tip of Manhattan is a bit of forest stitched into the urban fabric. With a little wildness, the urban space is not uniform. You hike (?!) up a paved walk, … Continue reading

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Cognition & Coitus, Religion & Myth at the Movies (Alexander Sokurov’s Faust)

A.O. Scott raved about it, so I went to go see Faust, the last film in Alexander Sokurov’s “Men of Power” tetralogy. It looks like it was shot in sepia tone, on a boxed up screen to convey the image … Continue reading

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Martin Buber (Haus) (Heppenheim)

Martin Buber lived in this cute little house in Heppenheim, Germany. The neighborhood must have looked very different back then, in the 1920s. Maybe the house itself was more banged up, not maintained as well. But I like the spatial … Continue reading

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