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What Does 'Kafkaesque' Mean, Anyway?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts

You poor mortal fools -- you thought you already knew what "Kafkaesque" meant, didn't you? How wrong you were. A recent TED-Ed animated video by Noah ...

Daily Meditation: Metamorphosis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Why Sitting Should Be an Art Form

Tammy Letherer | Posted 05.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

We can all do our part to convince the world of its value. Start by demanding a grant for your sitting time. Or, if anyone dares to say that you're being lazy, gently correct them by saying you're an installation.

Shame

Francis Levy | Posted 03.25.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

In his l968 film Skammen (Shame) Ingmar Bergman tied the personal to the political in exploring the emotions of a couple who escape war torn Europe by...

On Kafka, Jon Stewart, and Hero Worship

Beth Benedix | Posted 01.09.2016 | Religion
Beth Benedix

I'm wrestling with this: what's so wrong with a hagiography, when the subject truly merits it? The Kafkas and Jon Stewarts of this world are, sadly--or maybe necessarily--few and far between. Not many have the capacity to puncture the veil as they have.

The Elusive Obvious

Michael Neill | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

What I've seen up to this point in time is that there is both good news and bad news when we see the truth about ourselves. The bad news is that when it gets right down to it, we don't control the universe; the good news is, we are the universe, already whole within ourselves and infinite in our creative potential.

Heaven Is a Library (The National Library of Israel)

Tom Teicholz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

On my most recent visit to Jerusalem this past June, I spent a few hours in heaven: touring the collections of the National Library of Israel and previewing plans for its new state-of-the-art building to be built on a beautiful site near the Knesset, the Supreme Court and the Israel Museum.

A Meditation on Tribulation, Suffering and Affliction

Eric Simpson | Posted 07.17.2016 | Religion
Eric Simpson

If tribulation is an essential aspect of existence, or even if tribulation is a subjective interpretation of an objectively dispassionate natural environment, why are there not faculties programmed into the human animal to automatically offset its harmful effects? Or are there?

Remembering the Marvelous Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano

Danny Postel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Danny Postel

My heart has been heavy since learning over the weekend of the death of the radical and marvelously lyrical Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, whom I had the enormous pleasure of meeting some 20 years ago.

One No Fail Writer's Routine

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I get off the floor and sit back at my desk. If no ideas are immediately forthcoming, I go upstairs to use my neti pot to unblock my sinus passages so oxygen can move freely to my brain; I blow my nose and return to my desk.

Revisiting Kafka's Castle in New Turkey

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

In today's Turkey, the controversial 1150-room palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dubbed AK Saray, is no less than Kafka's Castle in terms of its absurdity.

The Double and the Christmas Holidays

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

The story of The Double is a parable of how people can get caught up in the hamster wheel of modern existence -- cowed by authority, hierarchy, and external standards of worth into trying to please everyone around them, while not pleasing the most important person they have to live with: themselves.

A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

How I Wrote a Novel at Work

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

I am leaving for lunch and will not return, I have a book signing this afternoon and it looks like we have a problem with the venue. See you on Monday!

Before Their Books Were Famous, These Authors Worked the Following Odd Jobs

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

It may seem as though all the famous writers have full-time writing jobs to which boost their chances of their novels selling and hitting the bookshelves. However, by looking through the authors etched in literary history, this is far from the case.

Snowden's Lawyer: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka

Michael Winship | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

"All of this stuff was classified. Not just classified; it was classified at the highest level. These were the secrets that the government said were most critical to keep. But what kind of democracy would we be if the public had never learned of this information?"

Kafka on Campus

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Overwhelmed by incessant emails, policy changes, assessment exercises, learning outcomes and mission statements, we don't know where to turn in our search for an education or a meaningful life.

Conflict and Culture at New York's Jewish Museum

Sigmund Freud | Posted 04.26.2014 | Arts
Sigmund Freud

An event at New York's Jewish Museum has been cancelled because Judith Butler's politics are just too controversial. What a sad commentary on the Jewish community's tolerance for debate these days!

Needs a Rewrite: Great Authors' First Draft Revisions

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.06.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

"Moby Dick" Herman Melville "Call me the whale guy a hansom cab Steve Ishmael." "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway "He was an old man ...

Trial Upon Trial

John Feffer | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Anyone born in Prague later in the 20th century would also understand Kafka and The Trial all too well. Consider, for instance, the Slansky show trial that took place in Prague in 1952.

Have Yourself a Very Melville Christmas: In Which We Review Typee, An Old, Perfect Book

Bernard Radfar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Bernard Radfar

It is a grand shame Typee is neglected, all that reading pleasure given away to books that may not deserve your hours in quite the same way. Even with the best readers I know I get a dumbfounded expression when I bring up Typee.

Datafication Redux II: Evgeny Morosov

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Francis Levy

Evgeny Morosov is a Luddite with a Luddite's true nostalgia for a way of life that has passed. The way of life is what is known as the mitteleuropaish...

Etgar Keret: The Long and Very Short of Fiction

Tom Teicholz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tom Teicholz

Keret, 46, explained that he sees himself as more "a Jewish writer than an Israeli one," because being Jewish, he said, "is my heritage."

The Metamorphosis

Francis Levy | Posted 12.09.2013 | Science
Francis Levy

Let's say you see a water bug. You grab a piece of toilet paper and prepare to crush it. Sensing the cloud over its existence, the water bug scampers ...