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Enemies Among Us, Or How I Learned About The Other Side Of Identity Politics

In the aftermath of massive acts of violence there are a variety of responses that people and institutions can take.  Given my own feelings of deep ambivalence, I often find that few people have voices that are similar to my … Continue reading

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Book Review: You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me

You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me:  Phish, Insane Clown Posse, And My Misadventures With Two Of Music’s Most Maligned Tribes, by Nathan Rabin I would have liked this book more if it would have been less suffused … Continue reading

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Word Of Mouf

I don’t like being late, even for Bible studies.  Yet there was a bit of a perfect storm that happened today that managed to affect a variety of people in various ways.  For one, I got a late start, eating … Continue reading

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Book Review: Catch The Jew

Catch The Jew, by Tuvia Tenenbom In many ways, I think that politically speaking the author and I would have a lot of differences.  Certainly in our background we would be quite different–my own Jewish ancestry goes back within the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lies They Tell

The Lies They Tell, by Tuvia Tenenbom I liked this book a lot more than I thought would be the case at the start.  Having started this book, I was concerned that the author would be another one of those … Continue reading

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Book Review: Poet In New York

Poet In New York, by Federico Garcia Lorca If you know anything about Federico Garcia Lorca from his writing, it is that he was a somewhat fussy and sensitive and not a particularly macho person.  And yet during his young … Continue reading

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On The Planning And Logistics Of Epic Journeys

One of the more enjoyable sets of experiences that I have in the course of the year is first to plan and then to execute epic journeys with my mother and stepfather.  For the last three years we have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: From The Kingdom Of Memory

From The Kingdom Of Memory, Reminisces by Elie Wiesel As is the case with the author’s writings in general, there are some very good parts and some more problematic parts to the author’s writings.  Yet even where the book is … Continue reading

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The Name Of The Wind

There are occasionally practical downsides to being an intellectual.  While driving home late tonight after having a wonderful time at a dinner party in rural Clackamas county with two other bachelors, I pondered the name of the wind that I … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus

A Hitchhiker’s Guide To Jesus:  Reading The Gospels On The Ground, by Bruce N. Fisk This is a rather ambivalent book in many ways.  The author combines a certain sense of openness with a desire to rise above orthodox certainty … Continue reading

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