February 2010

How We Lived on It (14) – In the Painted Room

February 28, 2010

Music: “In the Painted Room,” by Karenn Gibson Roc, from the album Touching the Soul Video: Phil Roc: Label: Lemon Grass Music


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The Open Mind V: the Language of Conceptual Clarity

February 26, 2010

Shrink sounds like an enlightened, empowering doctor, the kind I certainly want myself. Do not condescend. Explain everything I wish to know, which will be a lot. Enable me, and provide me with options. And please – please – know more than I do. And the pilots shall fly the planes, and the aeronautical engineers [...]


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Cobell (Individual Indian Money Trust Fund) Settlement News

February 25, 2010

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff and driving force behind the now fourteen-year-old Individual Indian Money Trust Fund suit has been issuing periodic reports since news of a settlement of the case back in December. I wrote about it in The Nature of Things. Although the “Ask Elouise” letters, sent to those on the litigation listserv [...]


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That’s What They Think, Thursday 2/25/2010

February 25, 2010

Tom Garafalo, The Havana Note – Orlando Zapata Tamayo, 1967-2010 Orlando Zapata Tamayo, a 42 year old political prisoner arrested by Cuban authorities in the crackdown of Spring 2003, has died after an 83 day hunger strike. Jonathan Chait, The New Republic – A Brief Reconciliation Primer As Mary McCarthy once said of Lillian Hellman, [...]


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The Open Mind V: Riposte

February 24, 2010

ShrinkWrapped has offered his response to my The Open Mind V: the Language of Black and White. Comments are closed here at the sad red earth and should be made at ShrinkWrapped. Earlier installments of this series can be found on the horizontal menu above. The Open Mind V: Riposte Let me see if I [...]


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That’s What They Think, Wednesday 2/24/2010

February 24, 2010

Nick Meo, Telegraph – Jews leave Swedish city after sharp rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes (H/T Normblog) It’s all perfectly natural. I was unhappy about Tibet, so I attacked Chinese on the streets of Los Angeles. Christian Tau, Z-Word Blog – The Anti-Jewish Riots in Oslo Are we picking up a pattern here? Jonathan Chait, [...]


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The Open Mind V: the Language of Black and White

February 22, 2010

Ah, siddown. Holster your resentments. I’m not talking about that black and white. I’m referring to the fallacy. (Murmer, murmer, grumble, murmer.) Sometimes labeled, parthenogenetically, the fallacy of bifurcation, more commonly known as the either/or fallacy, this form of thinking also sports the “black and white fallacy” moniker. You get the idea. There are only [...]


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More Montevideo

February 20, 2010

This delayed contribution of student photos from Uruguay comes from Michaela Reisinger, a fourth-generation pharmacist from Austria. Nearly everyone else on this travel photo workshop had been on multiple trips with Julia (and me), but Michaela was new. Smart, witty, and gregarious, a lover of good food and drink, she instantly became part of the [...]


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Misreading the Adversary: an Open Mind Prequel

February 19, 2010

I’ve been oppressively busy since the return from Buenos Aires and hadn’t a clue what I might have time to post about today. Yesterday, because the Jewel is beyond oppressively busy with some shindig she’s hosting, project ally and friend S drove me down to San Diego to collect Obelisk from its repair facility. (We’ve [...]


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That’s What They Think, Friday 2/19/2010

February 19, 2010

The Long War Journal – All Headlines While conservative critics are gazing in the mirror, and the others are looking elsewhere, the Obama administration is waging real war. Adam Holland – Ron Paul website mourns anti-Semitic author A new crack sprouts in Paul’s pot’s spout. Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center – Why Isn’t There Peace? One [...]


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An Affirmation of Zionism

February 18, 2010

At the very core of the recent dispute between Leon Wieseltier and Andrew Sullivan, as I saw it, have seen it, and see it, is Sullivan’s imbalanced adoption – even as he professes his empathy with, and idealized admiration of, Jews – of the anti-Israeli perceptions and rhetoric that are the currency of anti-Zionists. The [...]


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That’s What They Think, Thursday 2/18/2010

February 18, 2010

Amnesty UK – Human rights are for all: Response to media article And if the Allies had violated any of what we now think of as Herman Goering’s human rights, would Amnesty International, upon his release, have stood on podiums with him to champion those rights? Evading-the-Point 101, or the downward spiral of self-interested, self-righteous [...]


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Project 5 Silent Auction This Saturday

February 16, 2010

SILENT AUCTION OF MORE THAN 100 IMAGES BY PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Auction Will Raise Money for Documentary Photography -FEBRUARY 20, 2010, from 7-10 p.m. (bidding starts at 9) at THE STEPHEN COHEN GALLERY 7358 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles (90036) Actor and photographer Aaron Eckhart will join Julia Dean, founder of The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, [...]


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That’s What They Think, Tuesday 2/16/2010

February 16, 2010

Jonathan Chait, The New Republic – Democratic Dysfunction, An Update Democrats are punks. Bernie Becker and Jeff Zeleny, The Caucus – Bayh Decides Against Re-election Bid He complains about the difficulty of getting anything done, yet, “[a]ccording to analysis by The Times of Mr. Bayh’s voting history, he has voted with a majority of the [...]


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Mind Games IV: Cause and Defect

February 15, 2010

Remember all those soul searching headlines? Why Do They Hate Us? Question: who is “they” and who is “us”? And do we mean I-want-to-cut-your-head-off hate or how-do-I-get-a-green-card hate? The Pew Research Center’s latest polling results, “Mixed Views of Hamas and Hezbollah in Largely Muslim Nations: Little Enthusiasm for Many Muslim Leaders,” supports some compelling perspectives. [...]


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That’s What They Think, Monday 2/15/2010

February 15, 2010

Jeffrey Herf, The New Republic – It Will Not Go Away (H/T Yaacov Lozowick) His review of Robert S. Wistrich’s 1200 page A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad. A Lethal Obsession is an encyclopedic—and genuinely alarming—compendium of the new anti-Semitism. Wistrich gathers a massive amount of evidence to drive home the [...]


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How We Lived On It (13)

February 14, 2010

Sunday in the Park with George, finale “Order, Design, Tension, Composition, Balance, Light, …” “White. A blank page or canvas. His favorite…so many possibilities.” Via the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, George Seurat finishes his painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Mandy Patinkin as George Seurat Bernadette Peters as [...]


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Eating Poetry* IX – The Art of Poetry

February 13, 2010

The Art Of Poetry Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) To look at the river made of time and water and remember that time is another river, to know that we lose ourselves like the river and that faces go by like the water. To feel that wakefulness is another sleep that dreams it is not dreaming [...]


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The Unsound Judgment of Andrew Sullivan

February 11, 2010

Earlier in the day I wrote the following email to Jeffrey Goldberg about the current eruption between Leon Wieseltier of the New Republic and ex NR editor, blogger Andrew Sullivan, in which Wieseltier accuses Sullivan of anti-Semitism I may or may not comment on Wieseltier-Sullivan on my own blog (that’s certainly what we all need [...]


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Uruguay (Ooruɣwai)

February 10, 2010

Uruguay, they say in Ooruɣwai, is the ubiquitous ham in the sandwich between the baguette-size slices of Brazil and Argentina. If it bites on those populations, the teeth are heading for the Uruguayans (Uruguayos – Ooruɣwaishos) The 3.3 million-person nation (1.1 million in the capital of Montevideo) is formally the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. According [...]


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The Bell* II

February 8, 2010

Perry Link at the NYR Blog reports on the circumstances surrounding the eleven-year sentence in China of writer Liu Xiaobo,”which aims at Liu’s support for Charter 08 and his writings on human rights, democracy, and rule of law in China.” If the purpose of the harsh sentence was to intimidate others, it has not worked [...]


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