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Do the Twist

It’s not uncommon for my students, after reading Craig Martin’s chapters on legitimation and authority, to identify some interpretations of sacred texts / projections onto to absent authority figures as intentionally manipulative, as opposed to genuine or sincere.  266 more words

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The Limits of Tolerance in the Mahavairocana Tantra

Mahayana Sutras are often concerned with laying out what a good bodhisattva ought to do. One thing that comes up every now and again in early Mahayana Sutras (e.g., the  257 more words

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Talk of a Vain al-Bakistani

I am an al-Bakistani. I live in al-Bakistan. They say I am South Asian but no, I am an Arab because I live in al-Bakistan which is an Arab country, you know. 707 more words

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Galatians and Social Formation

I’m no biblical scholar, but I’d like to think aloud a bit about Galatians after having read/discussed this letter for the past week in my New Testament class. 415 more words

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“Whiplash” Is an Ideological Mess

But it was awfully entertaining. Part of the monstrosity derived from the fact that it was so entertaining. The drama which depicts an aspiring musician (whose aspirations are themselves a bit bewildering) being pushed by an abusive teacher tickles a sort of reptilian Horatio Alger reflex in the back of the mind. 1,517 more words

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Snow Day Movies

Some stray reflections on watching the “Taken” movies. Admittedly, I haven’t seen the third and have little interest in it so am reserving my opinion to the first two. 384 more words

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An Insurrection of the Ordinary: On the Political Unconscious of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King

“David Wallace disappears – becomes creature of the system.” – David Foster Wallace, from the appendix to The Pale King

David Foster Wallace’s last novel, The Pale King, unfinished at the time of his death, mines terrain familiar to those who have read and re-read his stirring commencement address to the graduating class at Kenyon College in 2005.

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