September 2011

Why are Roses Red?

When ships are launched, they pour water or more bubbly stuff to ask the gods to bless it. When Books are launched, the gods are less likely to be pleased if water is poured on it. On Monday, Aug 26th, at 7pm, we will be launching Where The Wild Frontiers Are at The Asian American [...]

Meanwhile, Back Home

Holy Jesus, Moses and Muhammad. The power-points, I urge you to drop everything and just stare at them, are amazing. They really are. They show, quite clearly, the mental acuity of a 12 year old child when confronted with a newspaper. There is reading comprehension, of course, and even retention and maybe some kind of [...]

If You See Something Say Something III

I am rather stuck on the fliegender Teppich in the NPD ad. I want to continue the link I made between Hans Schweitzer's anti-Semitic cartoons and the NPD flying-carpet by focusing on this particular relationship between orientalism and anti-Semitism. The 1926 Lotte Reiniger movie Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed was one of the first "animated" [...]

If You See Something, Say Something II

Ich bin ein Ausländer doch Berlin ist mein zu Hause meine Heimat meine stadt hier kriegst du auch mal auf die Schnauze - Alpa Gun There is a recessed walkway leading up to the side entrance of a building which bears the plaque that Albert Einstein worked here after moving to Berlin in 1914. Ehrenbergstraße [...]

The end is coming soon

The wind blows cold outside your door/it whispers words I've tried before But you don't hear me anymore/your pride's just too demanding The end is coming soon, it's plain/a warm bed just ain't worth the pain - Tower Song, Townes van Zandt Two things I know about Houston - my Babu hails from that town [...]

Prepositional Phrases

When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled "made in Germany"; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism;it will be called, of course, "Americanism.”  Halford E. Luccock, Keeping Life Out of Confusion Before Times were good for many Americans—or, at least, times were good [...]

A Jaundiced Eye

Jacob Silverman, Where the Wild Frontiers Are: America comes up short in South Asia, Sep 2, 2011, The National: A worthwhile political blogger doesn't have to always be right, but he or she should be able to remain sober in the emotional maelstrom of politics or amidst national trauma. Ahmed repeatedly does this, particularly when [...]

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