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Some Thoughts on Power and Control

A friend of mine recently wrote that he was focused on “isolating and removing those elements in my life where others have power over me; financial, emotional, physical, mental, etc.” I responded as follows: It’s pretty much impossible to operate … Continue reading

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Power, Simply

I believe there is no legitimate power or illegitimate power. There is only power. If you view a particular instance of power as ‘illegitimate,” it’s probably because you are on the other side of it. Even legitimate power—say, the power … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

So, this morning, I was writing in my diary on the subway and I thought, “If I were to die, and someone found this book, what would I want them to know?” There are always more options than you realize … Continue reading

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A Veteran’s Day Thought

We honor the men, and more recently women, who have given their lives in our nation’s wars. In some cases, we can even say, “without hesitation.” We do not only honor the fallen. We honor all those who have risked … Continue reading

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Death Undoes Us

It does.

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Putting It Another Way: Music, Money, and Piracy

In a recent post, I talked about issues surrounding music piracy—i.e., the reproduction of music without the consent or compensation of the artist and other interested parties—in light of a column published by David Byrne in The Guardian. In this … Continue reading

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It’s Just Not Natural

It always puzzles me when people dismiss homosexuality, or frankly, any particular human behavior, as “unnatural.”  It puzzles me because people who hold this view are not thereby saying that homosexuality is physically impossible. Indeed, its physical possibility is a … Continue reading

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David Byrne, David Lowery, Creative Content and Money

I can’t remember when I first read David Lowery’s impassioned polemic directed at an NPR intern all the companies who profit from the exploitation of musicians and other creative artists, but I decided to revisit it after reading David Byrne’s … Continue reading

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How the World Works

We all carry around with us an idea of how the world works. This idea isn’t necessarily super detailed, but it does lay down the general guidelines for what we deem possible in the world and what we deem impossible. … Continue reading

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The Question of Zion, by Jacqueline Rose

The argument, in nuce: The messianism at the heart of Zionism means that the fulfillment of the dream is also its apocalyptic end. Catastrophe and the culmination of a destiny, ordained from on high, fall together. Zionist nationalism, which views … Continue reading

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