Monday, January 31, 2011

Always Already Derrida: Berfrois Interviews David Mikics | berfrois

Photo of Jacques Derrida from the interview of David Mikics in

Derrida wrote brilliantly about so many central thinkers of the Western tradition: Plato, Freud, Nietzsche, Heidegger and many more. "Who Was Jacques Derrida?" offers vignettes of these philosophers, giving a sense of their work, along with an account of what Derrida did with them. Often, Derrida gave a partial or misleading account of his philosophical influences, but he always did so in an interesting way. The struggle between him and his great predecessors is dazzling to watch.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Peace Corps Gang Rape: Volunteer Jess Smochek Says US Agency Ignored Warnings - ABC News

More than 1,000 young American women have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last decade while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in foreign countries, an ABC News 20/20 investigation has found.

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Victims say Peace Corps counselors are doing great damage. "Just because someone has a drink doesn't give anyone the right to violate them," said Casey Frazee. "And they need to stop telling survivors that."

"When bad things happen, you say to yourself, 'How did I bring this upon myself?' and I think, unfortunately, Peace Corps is hoping you'll think in that direction, too," said rape victim Adrianna Ault Nolan.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

PSA by Sex Workers in the fight against trafficking

Sitting At The Front Of The Bus | The Jewish Week

Religious Jerusalemites wait for the No. 2 bus from the Old City to the haredi neighborhood of Har Nof.

Israel Religious Action Center launches ‘Freedom Rider’ campaign
to ensure gender segregation not imposed on ‘kosher’ lines.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Michele Chabin
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Gratified though they are by last week’s High Court decision to ban “mehadrin” buses that separate passengers by gender, Israeli activists fear that the companies that run these lines will not always enforce it.

So they are taking it upon themselves to personally test compliance and are inviting adventurous tourists to join them.

The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) is about to launch a year-long Rosa Parks-inspired Freedom Rider program whose foreign and local female volunteers will attempt to sit in the front section of so-called “kosher” buses, which until now have been reserved for men.

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Please don't declaw your cat

Anti-Declaw Public Service Announcement from The Paw Project. Declawing is not a nail trim. It is the amputation of the ends of a cat's toes. For more information about the crippling effects of declawing, go to

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Monday, January 10, 2011

NYC 911 unresponsive? Call Hatzalah, the volunteer Jewish EMS service - New York NY

Should you or your loved ones find yourselves in an emergency situation, rather than take your chances with New York's 911 system you may want to call Hatzalah, the volunteer Jewish EMS service.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


FUCK YOU, 2010

FUCK YOU, 2010

Fuck 2010. This year fucking sucked.

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Whatever you think of the rant, you have to love the hairless cat pic!

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from qarrtsiluni's translation issue: Qavak Songs (folk verses from the Greenlandic)

"My cunt is hung,/hung with sea urchins,//My cunt bursts,/bursts with bladderwrack,//My cunt drips,/wet as a walrus snout.//My cunt is hungry."


"There’s only one way to kill your enemy://You must bite my clit off, pull it inside out,/and use it as an arrowhead."

Translated by Nancy Campbell

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Jewish Literature 101: Recommended Jewish fiction and poetry books of 2010

Now that another secular calendar year is beginning I would like to share my recommendations of Jewish fiction and poetry books published last year. This is not a "best of" list, merely a list of Jewish themed books published in 2010 that I have actually read and reviewed at my other writing gig as a book reviewer at New York Journal of Books.

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