Monthly Archives: June 2012

Life, Death, and Moral Contemplation in the Arena: The Hunger Games and the Ambiguity of Violence

Katniss Everdeen, as portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. Pic from Adventures in Poor Taste. As I’ve mentioned before, my grad program’s lack of summer funding has pressed me into service at the CV Starr East … Continue reading

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A Sunday Collage XI

Jean Baudrillard once suggested an important correction to classical Marxism: exchange value is not, as Marx had it, a distortion of a commodity’s underlying use value; use value, instead, is a fiction created by exchange value. In the same way, … Continue reading

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In Which the New Yorker Gives Linda Hirshman Space to Feign Knowledge of OWS (and Promote Her Book)

Pic from the New Yorker. I don’t know Linda Hirshman, and by the looks of this post on the New Yorker’s News Desk blog, she certainly doesn’t know anything about me, my friends, or the movement I belong to. The difference … Continue reading

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Why Obama’s Angry Prof Isn’t Crazy: The (Arguable) Logic of Voter Abstention

The man in the video above is Roberto Unger, and he is really pissed at Barack Obama. So pissed, in fact, that he says he wants Obama–once his student at Harvard Law School–to suffer defeat at the ballot box this … Continue reading

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A Sunday Collage X

~Salon ——– “There’s a difference,” remarked one colleague, “between getting a girl to think you’re smart, and getting a girl to WANT to talk to you. The following are books that will make girls want to talk to you. —Greatest … Continue reading

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A Sunday Collage IX

——– Maria was going to show another picture to the House subcommittee yesterday, this photo, which is a photo of a five year old child bathing in that kind of brown, poisonous water. The child is naked, as you normally are … Continue reading

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Insane Asylums, Student Radicals, and Uranium Theft: A Brief History of the Columbia Unviersity Tunnel System

A tunnel below the CU campus. Pic courtesy of Undercity. As part of regimen to simultaneously keep myself solvent and to break out of my unhealthy owlish sleeping habits, I started work this week at the circulation desk of the … Continue reading

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