Hasidism · History · I and Thou · Post-postmodernism · Religious History

Tales of the Hasidim

A few weeks ago, some friends and I took a trip up to the Hasidic neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It was definitely a must for me, since I’m a student and teacher of American religious history. For a long time, I’ve been fascinated by the complicated, often tense interactions between religious traditionalism and the modern world,… Continue reading Tales of the Hasidim

Fitness · Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Martial Arts · Training

Ten Lousy Jiu Jitsu Partners You’ll Eventually Roll With

1. The Flailer.┬áHonestly, you’re not sure if he’s rolling with you, or just executing a very poorly choreographed break-dancing routine. This is a person, male or female, who is very new to jiu jitsu, and who has decided that the best defense is MOVING ALL THEIR LIMBS VERY RAPIDLY in any direction they can. Sometimes… Continue reading Ten Lousy Jiu Jitsu Partners You’ll Eventually Roll With

Academia · Dissertation · Humor

Things I Think About While Writing My Dissertation

I might not be posting a lot of things on here for a bit. It’s not because I’ve run out of creativity, it’s because all of my energy is being siphoned away by a succubus-like monster known as my dissertation. When I’m NOT working on my dissertation, I also get that panicky feeling of knowing… Continue reading Things I Think About While Writing My Dissertation

Academia · Awareness · Shadow-Narratives

Life Lived Twice

Writers, particularly creative writers, experience a very specific kind of pain that is exclusive to their profession or hobby. There should be some long, specialized German term for this feeling. It is the pain of not being able to adequately translate experiences or impressions into words. Life is essentially experiential. We feel pain and pleasure… Continue reading Life Lived Twice

Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Martial Arts · Shadow-Narratives

Let’s Have More (Play) Aggression

I’m not the first person to note that modern American culture, more so than many other world cultures, has no framework of meaning in place to deal with the realities of violence and aggression. Certainly, violent acts happen every day, but only a small minority among the military, law enforcement, and criminals actually have a… Continue reading Let’s Have More (Play) Aggression