Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year

Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a mark of red and white in the distance. The zoom lens did the rest. He’s still up there tonight, across the way over in Harlem. Happy New Year.

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Aesthetic Atrocity Disaster Sublime (Photography at the New York Times)

Happy new year? This is what 2013 looked like, at least in the New York Times. I’ve been thinking this for awhile now, that the New York Times turns the image of atrocity and disaster into a sublime picture. I … Continue reading

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Authority Looks Like Exilarchs and Rabbis (Geoffrey Herman) (A Prince Without a Kingdom)

I read Geoffrey Herman’s book on the Exilarch, A Prince Without a Kingdom, because of my own philosophical interests in Jewish political theory and the problem of rabbinic versus non-rabbinic Jewish authority, as well as textual and historical relating to … Continue reading

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Ornamental Cabbage & Flowering Kale (Park Avenue Walk)

Purple and white, in winter decorative cabbage and flowering kale fill the public planters up and down the tonier residential blocks of Park Avenue.

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Death & Translation (Aaron Hughes) (Invention of Jewish Identity)

I finished reading Aaron Hughes The Invention of Jewish Identity: Bible, Philosophy, and the Art of Translation a couple of weeks back, and have been struggling to come to some kind of conclusion about the book. It turned out not … Continue reading

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Modern-Medieval (Christian Architectural Pieces) (New York Cloisters)

Pieces of medieval Christianity, re-constructed bit by bit. “Buildings from Sant Miquel de Cuixà, Sant Guilhèm dau Desèrt, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigòrra, and Froville were disassembled stone-by-stone and shipped to New York City, where they were reconstructed and integrated by [Charles] Collens into a cohesive whole by … Continue reading

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The Body of the King (Hands) (Cloisters)

Gilt, gold and alone, the spiritual body of the king levitates up the white space of the museum wall. The severed hands contradict the seamless line created by the brow and nose between and over the rouge cheeks and lips, … Continue reading

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