Marcel Dadi–Saturday Night Shuffle
Oliver Sacks on Humans and Myth-Making
God Wrestling – Shalom Auslander
Secular Jewish Culture/Radical Poetic Practice
Secular Jewish Culture/Radical Poetic Practice.
No Laughing Matter – Amis and Hitchens
Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens on Saul Bellow, Anti-Semitism, Islamism, Israel. Christopher Hitchens on being a Jew.
On Benjamin’s Public (Oeuvre)-Public Domain Review
On the run from the Nazis in 1940, the philosopher, literary critic and essayist Walter Benjamin committed suicide in the Spanish border town of Portbou. In 2011, over 70 years later, his writings enter the public domain in many countries around the world. Anca Pusca, author of Walter Benjamin: The Aesthetics of Change, reflects on […]
Margot Leverette and the Klezmer Mountain Boys-Bluegrass Hora
Kathy Acker – Hotel of the Lilac Eyes
On The Angel of History-Walter Benjamin
“The face of the angel of history is turned toward the past. Where we perceived a chain of events, he sees a single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm […]
Der Rebbe Elimelech
A song by Moyshe Nadir, an all but forgotten Yiddish writer I adore. This is a terrific performance by Karsten Troyke and Gennadi Dessiatnik. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Der Rebbbe Elimelech is a Yiddish song written in 1927 by Moshe Nadir and loosely based on the English traditional song Old King Cole. Lyrics and […]
The Hole in the Bagel, by Tashrak
THE HOLE IN A BAGEL When I was a little Cheder-boy, my Rebbe, Bunem-Breine-Gite’s, a learned man, who was always tormenting me with Talmudical questions and with riddles, once asked me, “What becomes of the hole in a Bagel, when one has eaten the Bagel?” This riddle, which seemed to me then very hard to […]
The Fragmentary, Mystical Thought of Walter Benjamin Presented by Two Experimental Films | Open Culture
The Fragmentary, Mystical Thought of Walter Benjamin Presented by Two Experimental Films | Open Culture.
Franz Kafka–On his Birthday
George Handy (born George Joseph Hendleman) was born on January 17, 1920 and died on January 8, 1997. In between, he made music.
Doc Pomus–Give it up
In Jewish Folklore, parents do not invent a name for, or give one to, their children. The name was there all along, and the parents ought to do their best to find it. Sometimes things get in the way despite the best intentions, and we have to find our name for ourselves. Jerome Solon Felder, […]
Tristan Tzara’s Manifesto
by Tristan Tzara Have a good look at me! I’m an idiot, I’m a practical joker, I’m a hoaxer. Have a good look at me! I’m ugly, my face has no expression, I’m small. I’m like the rest of you! (1) But ask yourselves, before you look at me, whether the iris by which you […]