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Parshat Noach: Abundance, Restraint and the Porridge Pot Myth

The following interpretation of Parshat Noach comes by way of the book of Vayikra, and specifically Mary Douglas’s great work of biblical analysis, Leviticus as Literature.   1,000 more words

Folklore And Mythology

Liam Gillick at Maureen Paley

I think Mr Liam Gillick is an incredibly bright artist. But, somehow, he wears his brightness lightly.

His art is also incredibly bright, brilliantly bright stuff. 518 more words


Microaggressions - a Strategy from the Strong Grid/Weak Group Quadrant

I put forward here a modest suggestion for further bona fide academic work for anyone working with the Cultural Theory ideas of Mary Douglas. 527 more words


Review: Purity and Danger - Mary Douglas


Damn, I know this book is supposed to be a classic and everything, but I couldn’t engage with it at all. I think I just find the whole field of anthropology – by which I understand the work of the colonisers in describing, categorising, comparing and assessing the colonised (along with the colonisers’ assumptions that such work is valuable and righteous) – fundamentally offensive. 7 more words


dwelling habits and spaces of solitude

This morning, as rain drums down on the balcony ledge, I am thinking about how places become familiar, and, along those lines, how we come to know places where we live in a tactile sense. 1,324 more words

The Enjo Demo: a ritual transformation from a history of filth

I recently went to an Enjo demonstration (party?). I can’t say that I’m a convert, but you have to wonder since over 250 years have passed since the Industrial Revolution, something had to be done about improvements in home cleaning. 2,021 more words


Browny-locks and the Three Bears

“Mommy, I can’t see the bear inside her,” my 11-year old daughter said after an especially salty interaction with someone.  “I’ll keep looking, though.” 723 more words