When I hear the word “culture”…

For more than a hundred years anthropology has been spreading sweetness and light. And now that the results are in—now that even the strangest customs from the remotest places have been recognized as truly human and entirely natural—it is plain that the popular verdict has been an enthusiastic assent. Its ethical understandings are widely regarded… Read More When I hear the word “culture”…

Losing Confidence, Lacking Trust, Smelling Fear, and Ducking Shoes

A seemingly random assortment of the moment’s news items in front of me, that if taken together appear to form a plot for a story about the new remaking of an allegedly “old” Europe. If these items could be imagined as audio, rather than read as words and images, they would give us a soundtrack… Read More Losing Confidence, Lacking Trust, Smelling Fear, and Ducking Shoes