A Visit to the Cloisters in Northern Manhattan

More than anything I found the experience of being in this space magical, one of the most healing spaces I’ve been in for a long time. It happily distracted me from looking at the collection of Medieval European art. It was a moment of being in space. The contemplative space grounded me for a time. The Cloisters are worth visiting. I will let the images speak for themselves. I love NYC!

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” Not All Americans Are like this Jackhole”

  One important marker of membership in a privileged group is the luxury of being perceived and judged as an individual. There is no guilt by association. The lone gunman narrative invokes a history of mental illness that is carefully scrutinized by the media. Criminal behavior is often traced back to a specific family history or to a socially dysfunctional situation. The culture at large, however, is rarely interrogated for producing or glorifying violent behavior. Jimmy Kimmel’s video about Walter Palmer, the American dentist who murdered a lion in Africa, seems to signal a very slight shift.  Something different appears to be happening. In the opening shot, for instance, the comedian humanizes the victim of American violence in way that members of demonized minorities rarely enjoy. Cecil the lion is rightly portrayed as a beautiful animal. He may live in the wild but he possess the attributes of a family pet. This is not some random lion. We are told that he is a local favorite and that he is part of an Oxford research project that has been tracking him for years with a GPS. He was a tourist attraction and people loved to see him on Safaris. In other words, […]

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