A quick handful of pictures from a stopover in NYC on my to 🇭🇹 for work in January: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums/72157707586097565
Central District Seattle #florespondence
The case for replacing confederate monuments with bad triceratops statues (with illustrations).
I had the privilege of working with simultaneous interpreters in January. It was for technical training, which means much slower speech than at a political press conference, with a lot of pauses to demo things, and even so I was in awe of the work they were doing. There were also two of them so they could take breaks, but I hope for everyone's sake that Ardern's press conferences are not as long as the classes I was teaching....
there are a couple divides at the moment in worldwide Judaism
on one hand there is the Israel/Diaspora divide, where Israel intends to negate the Diaspora, to erase Diaspora cultures, to homogenize the Jews of the world
on the other there is Ashkenormativity, where Ashkenazim dominate discussion of Judaism in both places
without active counter-efforts, any attempt to re-strengthen the Diaspora and de-center Israel will repeat the latter dynamic
#florespondence from the University Community Centre
Israel/Palestine (a + step for once)
NB: the cautions and caveats in J Street's press release are on point and very important: https://jstreet.org/press-releases/progesssive-jewish-orgs-support-partnership-fund-for-peace/
But I've volunteered at a Kids4Peace camp and have a lot of respect for that organisation, so I trust their judgement that this is a step forward on balance. My response is to write to reps with an endorsement of the idea of the bill and J Street's suggested amendments & accompanying actions.
Israel/Palestine (a + step for once)
I can't think of a time in my adult life when peace between Israel and the Palestinians has felt so remote. People seemed to be giving up even before P45 upset what balance there was.
But some have never given up, and a coalition of groups doing grassroots person-to-person peacebuilding have just got a bill to fund much more such work introduced in the US Congress. https://mailchi.mp/k4p/partnership-fund If you're in the US, please write to your reps in support.
Today's #florespondence is a sage that I almost pruned to death a couple of years. It's nice to see it thriving again. I believe in you, sage, and I'm sorry I miscalculated so badly that one time!
It's not too hard to deal with - as one of you mentioned earlier today, it's much easier to dismiss people when they're really obviously awful - but it's actually kind of fascinating. Like a grotesque chimera of the sort of harmlessly annoying person who can't ever be serious, and the deadly seriousness of that Sartre quote about antisemites hiding behind irony ( https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7870768-never-believe-that-anti-semites-are-completely-unaware-of-the-absurdity ).
And yeah, that quote is exactly why I'd rather just block them than bother engaging.
architecture, history, middle east/arid architechture
Does anyone knows of good book around the history of architecture/urbanism in the middle east and (north?) Africa.
I'm not after pretty picture, more like blueprint, explanation etc. of the buildings like wind tower, shans (the private ones), etc.
I'm after the mundane but clever part of the architecture, not the flashy big monument and buildings.
It is a wide topic, but specific book(s) about a time and a place are very welcome.
Is there an art history word like "Orientalist", but specific to the themes & aesthetics of stereotyped Native Americans? Psychedelic eagle feathers and shit like that?
The basic racism process is similar but the target & results are different and I want to talk specifically about that aesthetic sometimes.
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