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The Redemption of General Butt Naked: or, Why South Park got it Right

A hulking man lumbers through a Ghanaian refugee camp, full of Liberians who have fled the internecine war that has ravaged their home, looking for victims. He finds a woman and her daughter, as if waiting, and stops. He removes his hat and demands of the woman, Lovetta, “Tell me what happened.” His massive shoulders [Read More…]

Missing Marpa

I’ve uncharacteristically been spending a lot of time on YouTube lately (no, really, I can stop anytime!) as research for a course I’m teaching on art and philosophy, looking for evidence of religious art as functional. What I’ve been hearing typically from my students has been one of two ideas about what art is: either, [Read More…]