Shalom and the Jewish Jesus

Shalom and the Jewish Jesus

30

Aug

2016

Shalom Auslander got the best possible start on having a sickly fatalistic sense of humor:  he was a miserable Jew from the day he was born.As detailed in his highly entertaining 2007 memoir Foreskin's Lament, Auslander was raised a deeply unhappy Orthodox Jew in and around New York in the '70s and '80s.  Like many of th ...
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Shot By Both Sides

Shot By Both Sides

29

Aug

2016

THIS AND THAT, THEY MUST BE THE SAMEOf all the beloved tropes in the modern liberal catalog, none is so valued as profound mockery of the idea that "both sides do it" -- that is, that the reason blinkered malcontents foolishly vote for third parties (or, quelle horreur, do not vote at all) is because they ...
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The Bloody Prince

The Bloody Prince

24

Aug

2016

Imagine yourself far away, in a landlocked country in the southeastern part of Asia.  You are a farmer's wife.  You have never had anything to do with politics; though you are aware that the Pathet Lao, the nation's communist guerrillas, are plotting against the monarchy and are working with military forces in neighboring ...
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These Are The Breaks

These Are The Breaks

16

Aug

2016

Some people prefer fiction, they will tell you, because it is infinitely malleable.  While history must only tell us what is known, fiction can tell us what is merely imagined, and it can do it in any order; only fiction, some have argued, can tell a truly complete story, because it can tell us the secrets, the dreams, and ...
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Learning to Left

Learning to Left

11

Aug

2016

Socialism has, to put it mildly, a bit of a bad reputation.This may sound like an absurd statement in this year of 2016, especially if you live your life on the internet.  It has only been a few years since socialist candidate Kshama Sawant won a spot on the Seattle City Council; and it was only last month that Hillary Cli ...
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An Unappeased Yearning to Return

An Unappeased Yearning to Return

9

Aug

2016

Netflix's new sci-fi thriller Stranger Things is one of those shows that it's almost impossible to talk about for all the wrong reasons.  A critical and popular success, any chance of talking about it on its actual merits has already been buried under an avalanche of thinkpieces, listicles, clickbait articles, and animat ...
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You Can’t Refuse a Continent

You Can’t Refuse a Continent

5

Aug

2016

One of my historical obsessions is the Second World War and its immediate aftermath -- a period which directly shaped our current political climate, but which far too many people know very little about.  Almost everything we can learn about the current state of world affairs can be traced back to the political, cultural, a ...
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Boom Goes the Dynamite

Boom Goes the Dynamite

3

Aug

2016

There are, in the vast field of toil we call the entertainment industry, people who have a tremendous amount of ability, but never get quite the right project.  They are often possessed of a very singular talent, one that can't easily be plugged into a generic formula, and as a result they wander from one gig to another, ...
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