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Leonard Schwartz & Kathleen Eamon Toward a Poetics of the Middle East Crisis

Leonard Schwartz & Kathleen Eamon Toward a Poetics of the Middle East Crisis

Sarah Eltantawi August 15, 2017 0

Poet Leonard Schwartz and philosopher Kathleen Eamon discuss Schwartz’s new book “The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Middle East Crisis.”  

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Is Islamist violence any worse?

Is Islamist violence any worse?

MRB August 4, 2017 0

On the morning of September 16th, 1920, a horse-drawn carriage pulled up in front JP Morgan Bank on 23 Wall Street, right at the heart of Manhattan’s financial district. Inside the wagon sat about

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Is There Racism in Heaven?

Is There Racism in Heaven?

MRB August 2, 2017 0

Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA Until by Nick Cave, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, on view through September 4, 2017. Nick Cave has said that in Until, his massive, elaborate, and provocative installation

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Debts Owed to Death

Debts Owed to Death

Ed Simon August 2, 2017 0

Ed Simon on the Metaphysics of Trans-Humanism  “We are all debts owed to death.” – Simonides of Ceos “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not

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Imagining Pakistan: Religion at the Origins of Nationalism

Imagining Pakistan: Religion at the Origins of Nationalism

MRB July 18, 2017 0

Sohaib I. Khan on Venkat Dhulipala’s Creating a New Medina Pakistan’s descent into violent forms of religious extremism has recently become the subject of best-selling books. Causal explanations for the country’s current state of crisis rely on

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Can the City Save Civic Life?

Can the City Save Civic Life?

MRB July 18, 2017 0

In 1995, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam sounded the alarm. Americans were withdrawing from one another; the social and fraternal organizations that formed the bedrock of the American middle-class were slowly drying up. Americans had once prided

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Rethinking Sacred Space

Rethinking Sacred Space

MRB July 18, 2017 0

Laura Moffatt on Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Sheherazade Guidici’s Rituals and Walls: The Architecture of Sacred Space I’m becoming increasingly convinced that architectural history is the most inclusive of studies. Far from simply interpreting bricks

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Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People?

Israel, the Nation State of the Jewish People?

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Simon Rabinovitch and Ruth Calderon discuss identity, equality, and the Jewish nation-state bill Between December 2014 and October 2015 Marginalia ran the “Defining Israel” forum featuring documents and essays on Israel’s parliamentary struggle over

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Jew, Christian, and the Judeo-Christian: Thinking with Cynthia Baker’s <i>Jew</i>

Jew, Christian, and the Judeo-Christian: Thinking with Cynthia Baker’s Jew

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Shaul Magid on Cynthia Baker’s Jew In her discussion of the term Ioudaios, or “Jew” as it emerges from antiquity, Cynthia Baker in her new book Jew makes the following comments: As this brief

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Reading Cynthia Baker’s <i>Jew</i> with James Baldwin

Reading Cynthia Baker’s Jew with James Baldwin

MRB July 5, 2017 0

Susannah Heschel on Cynthia Baker’s Jew Once upon a time, “The Name” was God, and it was holy, ineffable, not to be pronounced except pseudonymously and in prayer. Today the name is “Jew,” and

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