Monthly Archives: January 2016

American Jews & The Left (Inside or Out)

Do you join the righteous fray, oppose this form of organization, or look the other way and wait for it to blow over? Placed in a tough and increasingly narrow corner between Israel and anti-Zionism, the left as a whole and … Continue reading

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Fishing & Duck Hunt (Ancient Egypt Middle Kingdom)

Another little vignette of daily life in Middle Kingdom ancient Egypt. Again, to get a good sense of the liveliness of this scene, you need to zoom into the action on this smart model sporting boat. Unlike so much ancient … Continue reading

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Religious Violence and the Radical Settler Youth’s Quest for Authenticity

Originally posted on Tomer Persico – English:
There was in him a vital scorn of all: As if the worst had fall’n which could befall, He stood a stranger in this breathing world,? An erring spirit from another hurled ……

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Metamorphoses & Trans-Human Becomings (Rosi Braidotti)

Reading Rosi Braidotti sometimes feels like reading comic books, or science-fiction. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming is no exception.  The book is like a dare. Throughout the course of western culture and into our own popular culture, the … Continue reading

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Life and Death at Work in Ancient Egypt (Middle Kingdom)

No god-like king with his calm and arrogant gaze presides over the busy and buzzing little scene of daily life at work in this Middle Kingdom ancient Egyptian slaughter house. A bird’s eye view gives a good sense of the whole, … Continue reading

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Kings (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

Art historians going back to Winckelmann in the 18th C. typically held up Greek art over Egyptian art. Greek art represented the apex of humanism, in contrast to Egyptian art, which was hieratic and static. Recently on view at the … Continue reading

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Body Viscus Goes Inside Canopic Jars (Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom)

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, these canopic jars “were made to contain the four internal organs removed during the mummification process (stomach, liver, intestines, lungs). Earlier examples had flat or domed lids, but human-headed lids were introduced by … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders “America”

“America” — no words, just music and an old song, lily white and waves of affect without political substance. You can see and hear it here.

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Interview with Elisha Russ-Fishbane — Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Circle

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
Islam is essential to the future of Judaism.  Such a sentiment is not a modern political statement but the thinking of the thirteenth century Jewish leader Rabbi Abraham the son of…

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New York Snow

Robert Henri (1902) (from my twitter feed)

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