Monthly Archives: April 2016

Donald Meets Harriet

Donald Trump doesn’t want Harriet Tubman on the $20. (Of course, he wants himself on the $20). Trump Says Tubman on $20 Is ‘Pure Political Correctness’ Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman is ‘fantastic’ but … Continue reading

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Writing or Art? Mel Bochner’s “LANGUAGE IS NOT TRANSPARENT” (1970)

Is it art? Is this the sort of art one passes by impatiently as not really art? Notice that it has no conventional images in it, such as, say, a Madonna with child. Where Mary and the baby Jesus might … Continue reading

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Miracle, Mystery, and Authority in Real Time

Father Zossima and the Grand Inquisitor meet the 21st century in real time. A yoga studio infused with a strong caffeine dose of old-school mysticism and guru deference has turned (surprise!) cultish. Here is an especially amusing paragraph from the … Continue reading

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Feminism for Beginners

Two similes used by Mary Wollstonecraft. Feminism, the movement for women’s equality, has as one of its early taproots a book written by Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1799) titled, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and in the fourth chapter of that … Continue reading

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