Monthly Archives: April 2007

Saturday X • 28 April 2007

? Flickrblockrs. Funny kids. ? Speaking of, why do some people/ inventions/ ideas fly? 1. Social structure (Your cultural capital/ cred, or, “ideas whose time has come”). 2. Quality / Merit (The “cream rises” argument). 3. Karma (The “the caste system is there for a good reason” argument. See #2.) 4. Power (The agent you hired does it for you, or your gun-penis-bank […]

Saturday IX • 22 April 2007

So, some links for this weekend after all. ? Now you’re telling me the Antichrist is a terrorist? That’s Guatemala’s excuse for canceling his birthday party. ? California deserts, an epically charismatic Peruvian, Powell library shamanism, pseudo-ethnography, suppression at the NYT, the politics at UC Press, and the whole trouble with anthropology. And all this before Carlos Castaneda turns into a creeeeepy religionmaker (with all […]

Confession of a Mastercleanser • 18 April 2007

Quiz. List your associations for the Master Cleanse: Hippies. Socially “acceptable” eating disorders. Freaky online support groups for how to subsist—up to 60 days!—on Grade B Maple Syrup and lemons. Trauma to the insides. Persons afflicted with OCD. The “tongue coat.” Analysis of bowel movements. Let’s stop right there. That’s enough reason to be shy. […]

Saturday VIII • 7 April 2007

Links for another Saturday, in miniature, from someone who’s just coming back online… ? Profe Douglas Hofstadter makes a couple of nonchalantly brilliant quips in the NYTMag, on the occasion of his new book on orders of consciousness, the phenomenon of self-awareness and a modest proposal for the existence of souls. ? Alterati interviews documentarian Micha Peled, about his brave and […]

The Emotional Lives of Yogis? • 2 April 2007

AUGUST 2010 NOTICE. ATTENTION YOGAWORKS TEACHER TRAINING PARTICIPANTS. YOU, LIKE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SUCKERS BEFORE YOU (MYSELF AMONG THEM), HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED THIS WORTHLESS ESSAY QUESTION. YOUR TEACHERS HAVE SEEN MANY ANSWERS PLAGIARIZED FROM THE ESSAY BELOW. BUT PLEASE, DON’T HESITATE TO USE MY IDEAS. AS YOU MAY AGREE, THE PHILOSOPHICAL VACANCY AND PRACTICAL […]