Monthly Archives: July 2009

Toward a More Perfect Union? (Part Three)

Had Obama not lent so much currency to the notion of a kind of equality of racial bitterness, enacted on a field that everyone thinks favors the other team, the case of Geraldine Ferraro might not have played out as … Read More

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Blame it on the Ma-Ma-Ma-Ma-Manischewitz

When you first encounter Eprhyme‘s solo debut album WAYWORDWONDERWILL, out this fall on Modular Moods/Shemspeed, you might mistake his shtick for that of another Matisyahu clone. Along with that famous Hasidic reggae sensation, he might also draw comparisons to other … Read More

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Toward a More Perfect Union? (Part Two)

Largely because of hip-hop, American coolness is coded and commodified more than ever as American blackness. White kids all over the country believe, based on the signifiers flashing on their TV screens, that blackness equals flashy wealth, supreme masculinity, and … Read More

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Jewish Film Festival Diary (Updated)

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival requires little introduction. Now in its twenty-ninth year, the annual summertime event has turned into the most important global gathering of its kind. Transforming the west coast American city into a temporary stand-in for … Read More

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Toward a More Perfect Union? (Part One)

I watched Barack Obama’s "Toward A More Perfect Union" in my living room, on a laptop computer with tinny speakers. Like millions of other Americans, I felt a surge of amazement, a sense of expanding possibility, at the sheer fact … Read More

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The Mikvah as Foreplay

I was raised in a small town in Connecticut and while I was surrounded by many Jews, I didn’t know any Orthodox Jews. I learned how they live in dribs and drabs, with a bunch of rumors thrown in. Like … Read More

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Bound Astarte Talkatively Tallness–Recent Spam Poetry

Perhaps you’ve noticed that a lot of the email spam we receive every day has, in very small print, all sorts of nonsense text, together with the usual advertisement for more inches or real estate in Nigeria.  The reason spam … Read More

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Sex and the Suburbs

Forget Sex and the City: the real story seems to be happening in the suburbs. Witness Desperate Housewives. But perhaps we have desperate Jewish girls, as well. Or is that the real story? As everyone remembers, Monica Lewinsky was a … Read More

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