Monthly Archives: October 2016

(Art) Existence Without a World (Levinas)

Reading Existence and Existents by Emmanuel Levinas, I stumbled across this neat little bit about art in the chapter on “Existence without a World.” This is a 1947 text, written right after the war, and before, it seems, the turn … Continue reading

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Camera Lucida (Trump Rally)

I bet we see a lot of this photograph by Nate Gowdy, of a Trump rally in Loveland, CO, on Oct. 3rd, 2016. Someone on FB said it could win a Pulitzer. It has the stuff of icon all over … Continue reading

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Latent Images, Diary of a Photographer, 177 Days of Performance (Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige)

This was at the Guggenheim a bit back. It’s about trauma, erasure and the problematic of large scale social catastrophe. The “photographs” that would have otherwise constituted the visual documentation recorded in these “books” have been effectively closed up, sealed … Continue reading

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Such a Nasty Woman (Miri Regev & the Intersectional Right in Israel)

Shes’ right, of course. In comparison to her, the Israeli creative class and Jewish left, those largely Ashkenazi elites, are out maneuvered and “tight-assed.” No one knows how to play the political field like Culture Minister Miri Regev, who works at … Continue reading

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Nothing New Under the Sun (Apple Orchard)

Rising this way, going that way, turning and turning. Today in the synagogue, the intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot, from Ecclesiastes chapter 1: 4A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth endures forever. דדּוֹר הֹלֵךְ וְדוֹר בָּא וְהָאָרֶץ לְעוֹלָם עֹמָדֶת: … Continue reading

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Beauty, Eros, & Natural Law (David Novak)

Natural law as form of Jewish social ethics, rests on images of the imagination. That is almost the way David Novak defines it in Jewish Social Ethics, not as the “[deduction] of conclusions from the rules at hand but, rather, … Continue reading

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Gershom Scholem Sitting in a Sukkah

In good faith, the antinomian sits in a sukkah. Is this an expressionist or surrealist sukka? The scene is super modern. An angel lurks in the back under palm trees. Please send my way any information you have about this … Continue reading

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