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THE BOTTLE AND THE BIBLE

Noah, Phil Ochs, and Us by Stephen Hazan Arnoff It says in the Bible that Noah was the righteous man of his generation, which commentators of old noted was corrupt and twisted. Noah would have done well to make a Marxist exit from the Generation of the Flood – “Please accept my...

FOLLOW THE LINE!

On Mythical Spaces and the Practice of Drawing by Tirtzah Bassel           For me, mythical spaces address the gap between the world I see and the world I feel. As a visual artist, I use the practice of drawing to navigate these breaks, or openings, in...

YOU ARE PROBABLY IN A MYTHOLOGICAL PLACE RIGHT NOW

How Woody Allen Found His Way into My Ark by Elissa Strauss         Myths are stories that explain the inexplicable. They answer questions like: Where did we come from? And where should we go? There are the classic mythological places, like Atlantis, Shangri-La, Eden and Noah’s Ark, which for...

WAS THE ARK HEAVEN OR HELL?

A Brief Debate by Basmat Hazan and Ruby Namdar                 Did Noah turn to drink after leaving the ark because he was sad to have left the heaven? Or traumautized from living in hell? “Drunkenness of Noah” by Giovanni BelliniBasmat: Ten generations after humans...

2011-2012 LABA FELLOWS

A native of Israel, Ghiora Aharoni moved to New York in 1993. Before opening his design studio in 2004, he worked at several distinguished architectural firms including Polshek Partnership and Studio Daniel Libeskind. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the City College School of Architecture and Environmental Studies,...

TOWER OF BABEL, TOWER OF MUSIC

Spotify and Its Infinite Towers of Songs by Stephen Hazan Arnoff     In her song “Land,” rocker Patti Smith once sang: “At that Tower of Babel they knew what they were after.” I am not sure what she was after in saying those words, but I do know that...

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