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Dear Habermas
A Journal of Postmodern and Critical Thought
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Volume 18, No. 1, Week of August 25, 2003

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jeanne and arnold's 27th anniversary, I think.

We've Been Together

Topic of the Week:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life !--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII

Nah, that's not us. That's movie stuff. If Arnold talked to me like that, I'd want to know immdediately what he'd done. We've been together for 27 years of lived experience, not floating on dream clouds. Arnold's hero is Ivanhoe. He loves Cary Grant and Debrah Kerr in An Affair to Remember where they meet, or rather fail to meet on top of the Empire State Building. Beau, an artist friend of ours, once suggested that Arnold needed a support group for knights of the round table, but I'm afraid we're rather more like Aucassin and Nicolette of the 12th Centuty French romance, in which Aucassin keeps falling off of his horse and Nicolette keeps rescuing him. They do slay dragons, the dragons of relationships, but I reckon it was one of the first ironies in literature.

I Love Him Because . . .

I love Arnold because he likes his red hair.
Because he loves wearing all my beads, and wild expressive colors.
Because he doesn't yell when I call him from the car and confess that I have no idea where I am, at 11 p.m. trying to drive home from school after a moot court meeting.
Because I clipped every garbage truck going down Castilian, and his only concern was that the City would refuse to pick up garbage in our area.
Because our cats adore him. Even David's cat comes running from across the street to ask if Arnold can come out to play.
Because he got almost as old as me, and discovered that he had to take naps and slow down, too.
Because he said he was gonna run the Boston and New York Marathons and he did it! Respectably.
Because a cat in Bangkok, languid with heat, smiled when Arnold gently scratched his face.
Because he does crazy things, like drag me off for Scotland and a ride on the Concorde with less than a week's notice.
Because he cooks the meat because I don't like that it's bloody.
Because he believes that I'm a really good artist; of course, he's my favorite model. But he doesn't complain when we discover that I forgot to remove that great framed sketch of his tush at the Ritz Carlton in Boston, until our guests started smirking on their way out of the powder room. I think one of them emerged saying something like "nice ass."
Because he was so happy when I explained to him that all the junk he'd piled outside the backdoor was "installation art," and I painted a canvas of it.
Because he doesn't touch my computer, even though I know he could if he wanted to because he has an M.S. in physics from Columbia.
Because even though he fusses and grunges about my sixteen hour days at the computer, it's mostly because he's jealous. He wants my company.
Because he wants to do things with me, and we laugh a lot about almost everything we do.
Because he's too gentle to confront a hostile world. So I had to scream at the Chinese Airport official that if he didn't take back that Hong Kong charge I'd never come to China again. Like as if the poor man cared. Talk about ugly Americans. But it got us safely to Hong Kong, and was only a minor ethical compromise.
Because we got kidnapped in Siem Reap, and almost had to sleep at the airport in Lusaka when they towed our airplane into another waiting plane and couldn't fix the damage. But we also got to see the eclipse, in a Zambian field. I can never go anywhere with him without some great adventure.
Because he'll play with the big old electronic Hummer 2 Pat got us for our anniversary with the same enthusiasm I will.
Because our souls match, and he loves me, too.
And because we play together.

jeanne, aka "jean rae" when Mother's on my shoulder dispensing advise.

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A Range of Sources on Global Events

Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor

Indymedia - BBC News - New Profile - Progressive Sociologists Network

Announcements:

    August 21, 2003. The Syllabi: I'm trudging along trying to get all the syllabi up, but Arnold and Pat and I are going to take Friday night off for dinner. It's our anniversary. I've really been trying to finish all my lectures and discussion questions. Guess what? I'm not gonna make it. But I'll have lots of it done. Meanwhile, if you find a mistake on a syllabus, don't panic. I've got about twenty files out at once, and sometimes, just sometimes, I get mixed up. jeanne

Using Academic Language Effectively:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

Dictionary of Critical Sociology
Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.

Words of Art: Front Page
Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.

Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site

Social Theory across Disciplines:

Peace and Social Justice
Essays, Comments, and Discussion Questions

  • August 25, 2003. Crime Rates Drop: Why Crime Declines Published in Ideas on Liberty - January 2000. By Bruce L. Benson. Libertarian perspective. Good theoretical point that more than one perspective counts. What people do for themselves is interdependent with what the criminal justice system does for them. Backup.

  • August 22, 2003. Job Loss: Ford Plant Finds Efficiency Is No Protector New York Times article by Danny Hakim with Anne Berryman, Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at p. C1. Backup.

    Refernces: U.S. Department of Labor Try the search dialog box. I looked for plant closings and job loss. Guess I couldn't do my research on this site. You can also link over the administrative law section.

  • Augsut 21, 2003. Energy: Oversight Group Warned Utilities on Power Flows Article by Andrew C. Revkin and James Glanz at New York Times, on August 21, 2003, at p.A1. Backup. What agencies are involved? How do they interact? Who's in control?

    References: Department of Energy

  • Facing Criticism, F.C.C. Is Thinking Local Article by Jacques Steinberg in the New York Times, on august 21, 2003, at p. C1. Backup. What agencies are involved? How do they interact? Who's in control?

Advanced Theory:

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Lived Experience:

Emancipatory Narratives

  • Friday, August 22, 2003. Living our ideology: The Illusions of Progress By James Bennet. New York Times article on the Middle East. Thursday, August 23, 2003. Backup Politics, ideology, and the social construction of lived reality. Essay and discussion questions not up yet.

Kids, Etc.: Stuff to Share with Others

  • Update for Young People I'll catch up with these when our Fall class stuff is done. jeanne
  • Update on Health
  • Update for Seniors

    Australian Rock Art, NYT photo.
    Aboriginal rock art in a cave 60 miles west of Sydney. The more than 200 images
    stretch from 4,000 years ago to the late 18th century. New York Times image

    Can you find the boomerang? the wombat? Do you know what a wombat is?
    Could you draw one? Check out the illustration in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

  • August 22, 2003. Indigenous Art: Where Wombats Roved, and Aborigines Sketched By Jane Perlez Sydney Journal, New York Times, August 22, 2003. At p. A 4. Backup.

    As Kirk Varnedoe, an art historian, explained it, finds such as this Australian cave are crsical to our sense of ourselves and our ongoing history. Art, according to Varnedoe, forces us into a confrontation with ourselves, with the big issues of who we are and why we're here. I haven't seen this cave. Hardly anyone has. But reading Jane Perlez' description of the reaction of one of the aboriginal colleagues who did see it, I feel some of the awe of what it means to be human.

    "The intensity of the imagery in the cave made one of the Aborigines who visited the site with him fall into unusual dreams the night they camped there, he said. "He dreamed that his ancestors tried to visit him there. He wrote a poem and wanted an hour to sit by himself," before leaving the rock art behind and walking out of the forest."

    Reference: An Appreciation of Art Historian Kirk Varnedoe. Re-broadcast on August 21, 2003 from a2/1/02 interiew with Charlie Rose, about the meaning of art. Enter Varnedoe in the Search dialog box onthe Charlie Rose site.

Art Shenanigans


    "Flowers in a dark blue vase by Repina H."

  • Thursday, August 21, 2003: Seeking Similarities: Gallery Forma "The Russian Art of the 20th Century". I receive lots of art-related e-mail. Gallery Forma is one of those Internet galleries opening now to provide a global market for local artists. I do not know the gallery, nor do I know anyone who has ever purchased from it. But I liked some of the work. I would like to know more about the artists, but it's a large site that links to such sites globally. More business venture than art criticism, public art, and aesthetic theory. That doesn't mean you won't find an occasional lovely painting there, as I found the "Flowers in a dark blue vase," by Repina H, whoever s/he is.

    I'm not at all sure that I could have identified her/his work as Russian, had Vladimir Sokolov (the site owner) hadn't assured me that this was a Russian painting. What that says is that our cultures separate us only at certain levels and when we accept that separation. This painting could hang in any of our living rooms with no particular sense of Russian culture. I fell in love with it. Gives me much the same feeling as Van Gogh's Irises. The theoretical question is "How really different are we beneath some of the traditional cultural traits and religious beliefs? This is surely an instance in which art, when identified by painter and culture, makes us wonder about the really important questions of who we are and how we should live.

    One of the goals of the Dear Habermas site is to bring us enough such instances that we can comfortably question the normative discourse that "they," whoever they may be, are different from us. Our museums, in the interest of preserving cultures, tend to show us the art and artifacts that are very different from ours. The artist as citizen has a somewhat different objective, to make us aware of how much alike we are.

Academic Discourse

Thesis Projects: