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East River Ducklings

Floating life on the East River on a sunny day in April.

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Material Culture, Animal Culture (Books Made from Vellum)

They used to make high end books out of vellum, described as “the semi-transparent inner membrane of calf skin,” or the even finer uterine vellum, that membrane taken from the skin of embryonic or still-born calves. Marc Epstein tells is … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses & Trans-Human Becomings (Rosi Braidotti)

Reading Rosi Braidotti sometimes feels like reading comic books, or science-fiction. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming is no exception.  The book is like a dare. Throughout the course of western culture and into our own popular culture, the … Continue reading

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Great Colonial Fruit Bat

Great Indian Fruit Bat, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he actually points you down a set of stairs. Attributed to Bhawani Das. As described formally by the Mt curators, it’s geography is Calcutta, India, it’s culture as Colonial British. … Continue reading

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(Moshe Chayyim Luzzatto) Anthroposophy (The Way of God)

For years on the ten days between Rosh Ha’Shanah and Yom Kippur, I read Moshe Chayyim Luzzatos’ classic ethical treatise, Path of the Just (Mesilat Ha’Yesharim). This year I picked up the Hebrew-English edition of The Way of God (Derekh … Continue reading

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The Adam and Animate Life (Genesis 1-2)

(Hideo Yamamoto) More well known is that Adam has the same root as earth or dirt (adama). God breathes breath-soul of life (nishmat chayyim) into the Adam, turning this thing into a “nefesh chaya.” The 1985 JPS translation translates this term as “living … Continue reading

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Rosh Ha-Shanah Reminder (New York State Fair 2015)

Horn, wool, and snout — the New York State Fair’s finally over, but with the New Year around the corner, it was hard to resist this little reminder about Judaism, animal religion, and the sound of repentance.

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