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In Search of the Thing-Itself

The Complete Stories Clarice Lispector Translated from the Portuguese by Katrina Dodson Edited and introduced by Benjamin Moser New Directions, 2015 “I have found one contemporary I like,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote from Rio de Janeiro. “She has a wonderful name—Clarice …
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Fiction

Foie Gras, Bondage, Cronuts at Dawn

Blair’s relationship with him was a particularly Californian brand of Elektra complex, constellated by lavish sushi dinners, the interruption of business negotiations to attend her poetry readings, the purchase of swimwear well into her 20s, and on her end, worrying constantly over his health (ironically, in retrospect), visiting him weekly during his brief stint at a minimum security prison, and dedicating to him her two volumes of poetry, Other Minds, Other Bodies and Quantum Vulva.
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Books

A Philosopher, a Poet, or a Prophet?

How would Heschel himself expect us to understand him—as a poet, as a philosopher, or as a prophet?
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War & Peace

American Jews and Our non-Jewish Allies Should Rally in Support of the Nuclear Deal With Iran (Don’t let past traumas contribute to our inability to see the looming possibility of a more peaceful world)

We in the liberal and progressive wing of the Jewish world must loudly and publicly congratulate the negotiators who achieved a deal that will prevent Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons in the coming years, an agreement …
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Politics & Society

The Problem is that Life is Imperfect

The best way to achieve Mr. Gabel’s noble goals is, first, to recognize what can and cannot be accomplished by the various decision-making institutions in our society, and then to try to equip them to perform optimally in their areas of influence.
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Environment

Toward an Eco-Theology of God’s Image

Letting go of self-centered and anthropocentric thinking—“we are the only images of God”—will help us reconnect to our authentic mystical roots as lovers of all beings.
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Media

The Community Radio Revolution

With stations like KNSJ realizing the potential of grassroots radio and hundreds more stations set to go on the air very soon, many advocates see the 21st century as a new era for participatory media.
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Poetry

For Hazhir

The drone hovers under the iron-gray dome of heaven. Bloodshed turns the gray dome furnace-red. Evenings we warm our hands over the news.

Reviews

Aluna: A Message to Little Brother

The Kogi say we are close to the dying of the world. Their faces, writ with quiet courage, sober indignation, and a long, patient wisdom, defy easy dismissal.
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Climate Change

A Brief Melting Moment

“Look how that rock dust is basically burning into the ice, transmitting and intensifying the heat of the sun,” said Jeff, leaning over my shoulder. “The huge streams of water that are pouring into the crevasses are breaking up the glacier’s underbody and lubricating its passage toward the sea.” However immobile it might appear, I could now sense how that glacier was collapsing underneath itself, letting loose its thousand-year life in a muddy, rock-strewn river rushing to the Arctic Sea.
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Reviews

The Alliance of Black and Jewish Activists: Outdated Fantasy or Model for the Future?

It would be easier if there were not so many choices on the menu of American Jewish identity. Pogrebin serves up a rich meal and no easy answers.
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Reviews

Promises to Keep

Ultimately, the novel raises many issues of immediate relevance to Jews today—the struggle to find oneself on the ever-widening spectrum of Jewish identities, the complex ways that “Jewish values” can be realized in the world, the impact of intermarriage on Jewish continuity, and the tension between personal desire and responsibility to one’s people.
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Books

Kickstarter Judaism: A Book Review of Celebrating Brit Shalom

Welcome to Kickstarter Judaism, where committed, textually savvy Jews make an end-run around the institutions that have failed them and take back their tradition.
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Israel/Palestine

Spaces and Places: Israel’s Homeland Narrative

The conception of Yahweh as placeless reflects the Jewish sense of identity as essentially homeless. But the homelessness of the Jewish deity is in no way a defect — the Jewish concept of the divine represents a radical intellectual advance.

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Environment

A Real Solution to Environmental Sustainability

As long as corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize the investments of their stockholders, they have no choice but to make profits their “bottom line.” But we are promoting a New Bottom Line, so that every corporation, government policy, our legal system, health care system, educational system, and every other major system is judged efficient, rational and productive to the extent that they maximize love and caring, environmental sustainability and responsibility, ethical behavior and generosity, and our capacities to respond to the Earth with radical amazement, of which we are an important part.
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