Monthly Archives: June 2017

Bright Light on Hudson River (Deleuze)

“Qualities and extensities, forms and matters, species and parts are not primary; they are imprisoned in individuals as though in a crystal, Moreover, the entire world may be read, as though in a crystal ball, in the moving depth of … Continue reading

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(Shipwrecked Minds) Religion & Political Reaction (Mark Lilla)

Not a knockout intellectual blow, Mark Lilla’s The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction packs a tough little liberal punch nevertheless. But to what effect? Meant for a broad readership, The Shipwrecked Mind appeared in 2016 as a New York Review … Continue reading

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(Art of Empire) Porous Fired Bodies (Qin and Han)

For all its close attention on the afterlife, the art in Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220) reflects pure state power, without an iota of religion and religious apologetic. Five of the … Continue reading

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Loose Texture and Bovine Sympathy (Isaiah Berlin)

I picked a fight on FB with Jewish philosophy friends, something having to do, I asked, with why so many of them devote themselves with such gusto to historical relics, moral creeps, and political reactionaries. It should be said that … Continue reading

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(Deleuze & Guattari) Jews + Jews + Jews (Cynthia Baker)

A giddy dive into the elaboration of a concept, Cynthia Baker’s Jew will lend itself inevitably to two kinds of weak misreadings among many of its readers. The first possible misreading mirrors Foucault’s once provocative contention that “the homosexual” did … Continue reading

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way (James Comey)

Fighting for truth and justice, James Comey as Superman is a lot like Wonder Woman. For some, his clean whiteness, an emblem of Protestant virtue, carries with it a definite charge. Someone somewhere out there told me, “His skin is … Continue reading

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Jew اليهودي

I’m going to write up some thoughts on Cynthia Baker’s Jew, but for now want to share this link to Simon Hopkins, “On the Words for “Jew(s) in Arabic,” Israel Oriental Studies XVII (1997), 11-27. I do so in order to push … Continue reading

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Jewish Queer Youth Response to Jewish Voice For Peace

These are the opening two paragraphs of the Jewish Queer Youth response after being “targeted” by Jewish Voice For Peace at the Israel Parade in New York. It begins: “This past Sunday, over 80 people courageously marched in the LGBTQ cluster … Continue reading

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(A Nation of Merchants) On Jews, Kant or Borat

“The Palestinians living among us have, for the most part, earned a not-unfounded reputation for being cheaters, because of their spirit of usury since their exile. Certainly, it seems strange to conceive of a nation of cheaters; but it is … Continue reading

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Robot Religion

AB, a graduate student in the Department of Religion at Syracuse posted this article about BlessU-2, which you can read here.  You can watch the video there. This robot is programmed to invoke the Levitical priestly blessing from Numbers 6:24-26. “The … Continue reading

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