Articles

History

A Second Scientific Revolution Reveals the Mortality of the Modern World

In this essay I explain how I moved from a critique of a metaphor of two worlds, America and Europe, to a critique of a metaphor of two worlds, modern and traditional. I also now see America and the modern as symbolic representations of a limitless frontier. I see Europe and the traditional as symbolic representations of a limited home. Once I saw Europeans leaving home to come to an American frontier; now I see modern people leaving traditional homes to come to a universal frontier/marketplace. And I see this powerful modern prophecy of an exodus from a limited old world to a limitless new world as the major cause of our dangerous environmental crisis. We do not nurture our earthly home because we believe we are going to a frontier of unlimited resources.
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Israel/Palestine

Conversations about Resistance

1 At first, the scene appears tense. Twenty-one Israeli soldiers in full combat gear are arrayed in a neat line across the main road of the small village of Al Ma’sara, just south of Bethlehem in the West Bank. Several …
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Fiction

Last Days on Planet Ella

I know she loves me. She’s told me as much. And I’ve tried my best to love her back, and I do—or have.
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Reviews

Picture This

The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film The Jewish Museum, New York September 25, 2015–February 7, 2016 National Tour: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; and Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Review by Roslyn Bernstein …
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Politics & Society

Scholarship Against Desire

First published in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities as part of the Part of the Legal Education Commons, and the Legal Writing and Research Commons. [1] “Where is your heart in this work?” I often pose this question to …
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Books

Across the Border

Ruins Peter Kuper SelfMadeHero Books, 2015. The artist most well known for his Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” pages has had quite a career, artistic and political. Much of it began when he abandoned his hometown Cleveland, back in 1977, …
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Politics & Society

A Time for Literary Diplomacy

Now that recent Senate votes have guaranteed that the agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program will go into effect, what more can America do, beyond the strictest vigilance, to build on this historic breakthrough for peace? Perhaps it is time …
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Poetry

Journey

by Admiel Kosman We fastened ourselves to the holy texts and witnessed wonders, great was the city that lay before us lights stretched like ornamental carpets at night when we entered this cartoon city within the holy texts we saw …
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Books

The Short Crappy Life of Walter J. Palmer, or, The Oddities of American Wealth

Anyone who has followed the demise of Cecil, the African lion, and Walter J. Palmer, his American slayer, can’t help but be struck by the parallels with Hemingway’s classic story, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” where a wealthy but timid American bumbles around the African savannah under the protection of a guide, procures a few hides, and ultimately meets his demise.
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Books

From the Ruins of Europe: Lyacos’s Debt-Riddled Greece

If the postmodernists celebrated a departure from objective truths, Lyacos offers a vision of subjective return. Though his view is more pragmatic than ideal, Lyacos argues for a new interpretation of God, the Bible, and their roles in contemporary society.
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Fiction

Time Between Trains

Now in a gusty April…she sat in the place where roads cross, the lonely four corners where, with nothing stopping it, the wind sweeps along without regard for anything.
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Books

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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Rethinking Religion

Love for the Prophet Muhammad: A Key to Countering Islamism and Islamophobia

Neither Islamophobic westerners nor militant Islamists are right about the Prophet Muhammad—he believed in nonviolence, not retaliation.
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Spiritual Politics

Lessons from the Shadow Side of Football: Building the Religious Counterculture

To uproot our most entrenched institutions, we need a countercultural vision. The story of professional football illustrates why.
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Rethinking Religion

The Genesis of Gender

A closer look at the Book of Genesis reveals how deeply the gender binary is ingrained in our culture. What would it mean to smash this binary?
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