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Planet Earth & Replicants (The View From Solaris)

The plot of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972) is basic enough. Sometime in the near future, Soviet psychologist Kris Kelvin goes to investigate goings on at the space station orbiting the planet Solaris. A massive churning sea with a mind of … Continue reading

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Foucault & Maimonides (Coronavirus)

The Coronovirus pandemic keeps bringing me back as a go-to to Foucault (always under the influence of colleague and friend Gail Hamner) and to Maimonides (at the suggestion of colleague and friend Bill Plevan who recommended reading Hilkhot Deot). Foucault … Continue reading

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(Foucault) The Birth of The Clinic (Reading Notes)

In the spirit of the day I’m including text on epidemic consciousness, medical fields, the medical gaze, death and the human. Below are more or less chapter by chapter reading-notes cribbing directly from the primary text, Foucault’s The Birth of … Continue reading

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Pandemic Religion: A Digital Archive (Coronavirus)

(photosource: Jefferson Park Baptist Church) Check out the Pandemic Religion Digital Archive here. If you want to contribute, it’s simple. Go to “What is Your Story” or “How Has Your Religious Community Responded.” Most of the postings are photo-images with … Continue reading

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(Foucault) Inside (Mishkan)

Deep inside a chapter on the Beit Ha’Mikdash in the Bavli, I found this little gem on a Coronavirus detour through Foucault’s The Birth of the Clinic. It speaks as well to the rabbinic gaze, to “powers of truth” in a … Continue reading

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(Liberal Judaism) Virtual Synagogue (Ansche Coronavirus)

Is the future of liberal Judaism the religion of inwardness: prayer, study, and mindfulness? Will be curious to hear how participation tanks or actually ticks up a little or a lot.  Every Monday, Mar 23 – Jun 29 Monday Meditation … Continue reading

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Virtual Shabbat (Liberal Judaism) (Coronavirus)

Not terribly enthusiastic, I’ve been not thinking enough about the phenomenon that will be live streaming Shabbat and other tefilot and the many aesthetic choices that will matter going forward. This one conveys something to do with the aesthetics of … Continue reading

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Stochastic Anti-Semitism

Of late, contemporary anti-Semitism has something like the character of a sucker punch when it manifests in physical violence. Always out there and ambient in the public sphere, anti-Semitism is brought together and aggregated online in environments where racial hatred … Continue reading

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(Digital Image & Object) Auschwitz Christmas Ornaments

About the Auschwitz Christmas ornaments on sale at Amazon, here’s an article at wired explaining what happened. These are digital products created by an algorithm which scooped up in a random way public domain images available on the internet. Ready … Continue reading

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(Nighttime Dance) Machine Parts in Motion (New York State Fair 2019)

You can’t say you like technology and dance or Bauhaus and not like looking at the rides at the New York State Fair as you wander among them as they gyrate in the night. Before JG taught me how to … Continue reading

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