Monthly Archives: July 2018

Bangladeshi Asks: “What Happened to the U.S.A?”

A NYT op-ed titled “What Happened to the Country That Made Us Citizens?” by Naureen Khan begins: The day my parents took their oath of citizenship… You can pretty much predict the rest. My family immigrated to the United States … Continue reading

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Who Best to Introduce Cormac McCarthy?

Rachel Kushner, who for reasons I can’t comprehend was selected to write the Introduction to a new Picador edition of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Border Trilogy’ writes: As I revisited the trilogy recently, I was in a home office that is walking … Continue reading

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On the 10th Anniversary of “Step Brothers” (2008)

Why does every culture-related interview have to inject Trumphitler? What is amazing is how insular their world is, so insular and monolithic in political opinion that journalistic interviewers, when interviewing A-listers and whatnot, have full confidence that their Trump insults … Continue reading

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NYT’s Q&A w/Billy Joel

Virtually every NYT culture story injects Trumphitler into the mix. They just can’t help themselves (“Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head”). After sustained Q&A about his musical past and present, the reporter (Rob Tannenbaum) throws out … Continue reading

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Judas Priest – Victim of Changes (1983; live)

In 1983, this is how you did it. Fantastic rendition, with the band firing on all cylinders.

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Religiosity & Ethnicity: Jewish Identity Trends in the U.S.

Cohen, S.M. 2001. “Religiosity and ethnicity: Jewish identity trends in the United States”, in Who owns Judaism? Public religion and private Faith in America and Israel, vol. XVII, ed. E. Lederhendler, pp. 101-130. Oxford University Press. Cohen identifies 6 dimensions … Continue reading

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No Good Heroes in an Occupation

If you look underneath the surface, the world of contemporary B-movies (aka ‘straight to video’) contains a plethora of films channeling the zeitgeist’s inner anxieties about illegal immigration. Two recent examples: Occupation (2018): A small group of town residents have … Continue reading

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Religion as a Channel of Jewish Ethnicity

From “Accounting for Jewish Secularism: Is a New Cultural Identity Emerging?” by Bruce A. Phillips. Source: Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 30, No. 1, Special Issue: Jewish Secularism (June 2010), pp. 63-85: All Jewish immigrants, regardless of when they came, brought with them … Continue reading

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The ‘Nervousness’ of the Jew

Excerpt from Abraham Myerson’s “The ‘Nervousness’ of the Jew,” Mental Hygiene 4 (1920): 65–72: It is idle, of course, to deny that the Jew has an innate character, different from that of other races, which perhaps predisposes him to psychoneuroses … Continue reading

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Jews and Race (The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought) (2011)

Jews and Race (The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought) (2011) Edited by Mitchell B. Hart Published by Brandeis University Press Publisher’s Summary: Many people think of Jews as victims of a particular sort of racism, not as active participants … Continue reading

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