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If you have the New

If you have the New York TImes Sunday edition for November 4, 2001, take a look at Jonathan Rosen’s piece called The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism.
It’s a well-argued essay about the strange phenomenon of anti-Jewish sentiment that arises every time there is a world crisis. From the crusades to the enlightenment to the Dreyfus Trial and the Holocaust, Jews are always the focus of the angry. There are only 13 million Jews right now, making the target pretty small but viable.
One thing that the article brought out for me is the ever-associated question of rationalism. Will this new war (or wars) destroy rationality as we have known it post-enlightenment? I found myself reading the article and thinking about how rationality is a very fragile thing, as rumors, hypotheses, and insecurity are now reigning our media and our minds. I know that post-modernists have often called for the end of the instiutionalization of rationality and I have often agreed in principle. But without rationality and its concomittant foundation of proof, patience, and practicality, what are we left with besides accusations and comformity?

I have finally, after two

I have finally, after two years or so, started reading more than one book a week.
In fact, I just finished Meghan Daum’s book of essays called My Misspent Youth. It’s an intelligently written series of observations on online dating, shiksa-dom, and the difficulties of working for $18,000 per year. Unfortunately, as good a writer as she is, she’s a bit too in love with her ability to string words together poetically. And I think she’s trying to re-capture her youth a bit too earnestly through writing about it. Alas. It’s a good read nonetheless – one of the few people of this generation that can substantiate their beliefs in essay form.

Welcome one and all to

Welcome one and all to Deckchairs on the Titanic.
This is a Web log that I set up with the incredible expertise of Victor Sparrow, Web design guy extraordinaire. Much thanks for his help.
Deckchairs on the Titanic (or short: Deckchairs from hereon as I am a good typist but one with not a lot of time on his hands) will try to do what every good Web log does — elucidate the special and illuminate the ordinary. Or something like that.
Please let me know your thoughts as I take this for a ride around the Web hills and valleys. Much inspiration and appreciation again to Victor.