Alien Invasion (New York State Fair 2016)


In its messianic mode, a la Franz Rosenzweig, Jewish philosophy invests a lot of energy into thinking the shape of dark stars and “the future.” Compare in contrast the space and alien themed rides at the New York State Fair. Here come the aliens. The future at the fair indicates nothing like in a science fiction, where it is brightly lit, well scrubbed, and populated by beautiful people in the prime of life. At once cheerful and strung out, the future here is grubby.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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