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25 06, 2021

Bright Green Lies & Deep Green Deceptions

By |2021-06-25T15:52:38+00:00June 25th, 2021|Featured, Practice|0 Comments

For Deep Green fundamentalists there can be no compromise, no middle ground between Deep and Bright Green. JK&W contend “even with steep reductions in our energy-intensive lifestyle, a return to subsistence living, and the best-known permaculture techniques, a city cannot be made sustainable.” They reason that since “cities have existed for less than 5 percent of our time on this planet…Obviously we don’t need cities.” Reality check! Obviously our foraging ancestors had no use for cities on a sparsely populated, biologically rich planet. But do the authors seriously believe our ecologically damaged and depleted planet can support 7.8 billion post-industrial hunter-gatherers?

14 05, 2021

Falling Stars and Lined Pockets

By |2021-05-14T21:21:25+00:00May 14th, 2021|Featured, Practice, Theory|0 Comments

There is no analogy between a “pocket pardon” and an actual (or proposed) one, any more than there is between a forged passport and a valid one, except that both documents appear to say the same thing—and thus might fool someone into mistaking one for the other. Indeed, a “pocket pardon” is a contradiction in terms, just as a forged passport isn’t a passport, but a seductive imitation: a fake, like its author.

7 05, 2021

African American Existentialism: DuBois, Locke, Thurman, and King

By |2021-05-07T19:34:49+00:00May 7th, 2021|Featured, Theory|0 Comments

Race today is often presented as a social construct. But social constructions, as Black people know all too well, can create real existential crises. Philosophers of the Black Experience writing during the Modern Era of the African American Freedom Struggle (1896-1975) engaged questions of freedom, existence, and the struggles associated with the experiences of being Black in America.

4 05, 2016

Silence as Speech: Reading Sor Juana’s Primero Sueño in the Light of her Final Silence

By |2020-04-17T15:03:09+00:00May 4th, 2016|Arts & Letters, Featured, Theory|8 Comments

Sor Juana’s silence is difficult to “read,” but it is easy to hear. What can it show us about the way the absence of speech can itself be a mode of participation in public discourse?