For seven years I loved and neglected my 1986 Chrysler Laser, and never once did he/she/it give up on me. When did it became normal for Americans to buy a new car every two to three years?
Why did it take a recently discovered stone tablet for scholars to recognize that the resurrection myth is about society, not a particular person?
Yoga has been used to describe everything from the
physical asana practice to bread,
tea, clothing, and spa services. While there are many ways to dissect and explore
this aged philosophical system, we will focus on the yoga of
knowledge — otherwise known as the art of discrimination. Atheism is, believe it or not,
rooted in a similar soil.
We pay more for sustainably produced items. But we need to be sure that their quality
is superior to the conventional goods.
Hebrew University professor Benny Shanon argues that Moses was tripping on some serious drink when he declared the Torah.
The lessons we learn on the yoga mat are of no use if they stay inside the studio. Yet some in the yoga community use scriptures as a call to arms in a righteous battle where a side (theirs) wields an alchemical formula for goodness, and all else is misguided.
This year, Radiohead showed us that digital sales empower artists. They also forced the question: Why are we so concerned with the fiscal status of superstars?
During the recent drought, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue held a public vigil to pray for rain. When exactly did sympathetic magic return to vogue for pseudo-religious American politicians?
Is music "the religion of humanity," or is it just another commodity? And what happens when the situation is so indistinguishable from its shadow that separating the sincerity from the sale becomes impossible?
Long before the music-as-commerce mindset came to dominate our perception of sound, the ceremonial rituals of voice and instruments were a sort of cosmic salve between humans and communities. Today these sounds are being dropped into laptops and recreated anew for the modern temple: dance clubs. The computer is the first world folk instrument.