Monthly Archives: October 2015


(Thank you, Carson Webb)

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What more is there to say? Rightwing Israeli political nutters in the ruling coalition getting hot and revved up to rebuild the Third Temple and reboot animal sacrifice. Here’s the piece by Yossi Verter about the expanding influence of Temple Mount … Continue reading

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Big Moon & Sunrise Commute

Be still, my beating pagan heart. This past Tuesday morning on rt. 80 W a bit before the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border, and then on rt. 81 N up the hills out of Scranton.

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Betty Crocker Jewish Philosophy

Brilliant piece, which you can read here, in the NYT Sunday Magazine by Tamar Adler about the Betty Crocker food phenomenon as exemplified by the 1971 Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library (with photographs by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari). In a private … Continue reading

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God or Nature and Vibrant Matter (Jane Bennett)

Against the classical notion that matter is inert and passive, the ideas are familiar and will come as no surprise to any casual reader of popular science. For all that, Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010) represents … Continue reading

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Art, Tech & Higher Education (Black Mountain College)

You can read this whole piece here in the New Yorker by Louis Menand about Black Mountain College and post war American art for the reflections on education and the art of making things. Based on principles of education learned from … Continue reading

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Late Morning (Bridget Riley)

Bridget Riley, Late Morning (1967–8)

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4 Israel & Palestine Threads (Stabbing Intifadah)

It’s easy to put the blame on only one party or another party to a conflict, either on the stronger or the weaker party, depending upon one’s own political convictions. But political responsibility requires more careful parsing. Forming into a … Continue reading

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€19.99 (Foucault & Les Sous-Pull)

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Not The Mufti of Jerusalem Sitting with David and Paula Ben-Gurion

Staring straight out into space, the subjects are sitting next to each other, not with each other. All three look pinched. One already looks beaten. Martin Kramer shared on Twitter this picture of the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al … Continue reading

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