Monthly Archives: June 2006

Fear of Fun

1. As I approach my 35th birthday, I wonder if I’m having too much fun. Surely by now I should settle down, stop going to Burning Man, and, you know, grow up. It’s easy at 25 to say “seize the … Read More

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Live By No Man’s Code: The Religious Forms of Philip Roth’s “Everyman”

Winner of a Rockower Ribbon. Reviewed: Phillip Roth, Everyman Houghton Mifflin, 2006 Once upon a time old school analyst Dr. Spielvogel diagnosed his patient’s problem as a crippling case of displaced morality in an endlessly restless sea of sexual desire. … Read More

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Contemporary Psychedelia: From Transcendence to Immanence

1. Tripping Out and Tuning In What is psychedelia? What is loosely termed ‘psychedelic music’ has lately undergone a resurgence. Many mainstream musicians such as The Flaming Lips have drawn on its more accessible pop elements, drawing mainly from 60s … Read More

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Goldbergers and Cheeseburgers: Food and Particularism among American Jews

1. Bacon and Manischewitz My brother, both a carnivore and contrarian from day one, adored the crispy, fat-streaked bacon he sampled surreptitiously in friends’ kitchens. Bacon was not allowed in my family’s home – perhaps no surprise, considering we were … Read More

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Voting Kinky: The Politics of Ridicule

“An Asshole from El Paso”: Kinky Friedman Kinky Friedman is out to save the world, in his words, “one governor at a time.” He’s out on this year’s Texas campaign trail, running for Governor. Now, if you don’t live in … Read More

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The Water Queen of Jerusalem

The Water Queen of Jerusalem dives into history history is hard and she grows fins she has no air and she schemes gills rowing through memory the Water Queen of Jerusalem owns a bathing suit made of Yiddish the Water … Read More

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Waters of Jerusalem

We were doing the pajama dance, throwing our arms up in the air and singing Ay-yay-yay-yay-yay! when Waters of Jerusalem called. We were watching surrealist movies, learning West African cuisine, were entering an all-night birthday haze, when Waters of Jerusalem … Read More

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The Tree of Life

1. Timothy Leary calls the Biblical prohibition against eating from the Tree of Knowledge the beginning of the control of substances. Eden is the first drug war. But in my Hasidic paradigm, the Tree of Knowledge is the law itself. … Read More

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