Monthly Archives: January 2018

Fact & Freud (The Totemic Father & Origin of Religion)

Something I realized last semester working through Totem and Taboo with graduate students runs counter to the usual argument that Freud had no evidence with which to posit totemism as the first form of religion, and to speculate that the … Continue reading

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Philip Roth (Ecce Homo)

Maybe it’s not much of an interview, but I’m still carrying around this bit with Philip Roth here in the New York Times Book Review. What I carry away is a form of expression entirely devoid of illusion regarding race, … Continue reading

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New Materialism and the Study of Religion (Manuel Vásquez)

Manuel Vásquez’s More Than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion has pride of place in the fairly recent materialist turn in Religion Studies. The three keyterms are embodiment, emplacement, and practice (p.325). The force of the title is to take … Continue reading

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How Not to Dialogue About Israel and Palestine (In the Land of Pomegranates)

The few American reviews that I found online seem frustrated without understanding just why Hava Kohav Beller’s documentary In the Land of Pomegranates is such a hopeless reflection upon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documentary follows a group of young Israeli Jews … Continue reading

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(Burning Excrement) צוֹאָה רוֹתֵחַת (Trump & Bannon)

There is a place in Hell and levels there called Boiling Excrement, where there is filth of souls —those who are cleansed of all the filth of this world. They are cleansed and ascend, and that filth remains there; and … Continue reading

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Downtown Sacramento Simulation

A built lived space always mimics an idea. The photographer Thomas Demand takes an ordinary photograph of a very neutral interior space; he then constructs a cardboard model, which he then shoots. Downtown Sacramento looks a lot like that –small … Continue reading

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