Tag Archives: anthropology

“Eat, Pray, Love, Theorize.”

You’re a first world academic doing an ethnography of third world “subjects.” We get it. Now get on with it.

He is a half-baked Nietzschian.

Well, Nietzsche himself is a bit raw.

Of course we need skyscrapers.

Where else would we store all those bullshit jobs?

A symbolic efficacy.

What you never had is something you can give, lose, and hold.

Amateur anthropology.

When I lived in Ohio, I went out for country fried steak weekly.

Do I believe in “human nature”?

That depends—is “human” meant as a compliment or an insult?

What I’ve learned from anthropology.

The in-between is impure. Relationships arise in between entities. Hence no relationship is pure.

“Totemism.”

True, the tribe was forbidden to eat this animal, but this prohibition (like all prohibitions) was tongue-in-cheek. It was the “civilized” who confused literal with metaphoric reference so badly that they thought these “primitives” believed themselves actual kin to animals.

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