Monthly Archives: September 2016

BDS (Stalking Horse)

Not even a month into the new school year and there are three fabricated BDS scandals. On principle, I will continue to oppose BDS; but it’s a major distraction. After fifty years of Israeli military occupation and settlement construction in … Continue reading

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אַז מען שלאָפֿט מיט הינט, שטײט מען אױף מיט פֿל

This story in the Forward about Jewish Republicans worried about the party and upset about Donald Trump. As the the saying goes, if you sleep with dogs you get up with fleas.

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No Such Thing As A Legal Settlement

 

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Academic Freedom & Academic Legitimacy (Israel Palestine at UC Berkeley)

His sound advice is to just “let it go.” David Straub gets it right about the recent commotion about a poorly designed and contentious 1 credit undergraduate course about Israel and “settler colonialism” recently suspended at UC Berkeley. You can … Continue reading

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Self-Involved (A Tale of Love and Darkness)

A Tale of Love and Darkness, the memoir by Amos Oz closely intertwines personal trauma of and history, in this case the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. In the memoir, the novelist deftly shifts between background and … Continue reading

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Flying Carpets (Nadia Kaabi-Linke)

You can look at it from across the room or directly from underneath it. Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s Flying Carpet was a standout at the exhibition of art from the Arab world at the Guggenheim. The frame is made of aluminum, but … Continue reading

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Porn in the City (Public Technology)

In retrospect, the words of the promotional are hysterical. The internet hubs are big sidewalk monoliths. Kind of great, in theory at least. Unfettered wifi and internet. But what were they thinking? Clearly the urban planners don’t know much about … Continue reading

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Upstairs Downstairs Outside (FDR & Hyde Park)

The grounds and the digs outside are opulent. But upstairs at the FDR home at Hyde Park, the furnishings are one may daresay modest. Lovingly restored and maintained, the whole place is wafted in nostalgia. Un-modern, the overall memory is Edwardian (?) … Continue reading

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Hanging Space Modulator (Moholy-Nagy)

Another space modulator, perforated, combining plexiglass and paint and hung on a wall.

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Floating Space Modulators (László Moholy-Nagy)

The Moholy-Nagy paintings were pretty cool, but nothing beats the hanging and standing plexiglass sculptures at the recently closed Moholy-Nagy show at the Guggenheim. You get something of the idea in his Vision in Motion (1947). Moholy-Nagy (pronounced Mohly-Naagh) describes … Continue reading

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