March 23, 2019

Culture

“I went to as many Instagramable “museums,” “factories” and “mansions” as I could. They nearly broke me.”

“Conspicuous consumption,” the act of buying a luxury item to impress people, may backfire on you. Many Americans find luxury goods repulsive.

“Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul.”

Home DNA kits are more popular than ever and people are using them to better understand where they come from and who they are – but there’s a dark side to deriving culture from DNA.

Is the “wellness movement” just a PC rebranding of weight loss regimens and fad diets? If the Weight Watchers’ new branding campaign is any indication, it would seem so.

If SJWs often resemble religious fundamentalists, bell hooks is their highest prophet. Her work on gender and intersectionality have redefined American campuses, and her ideas are being put into action with religious fervor.

Reciting “The Pledge of Allegiance” at school is so common as to be taken for granted in American schools. The truth is, it’s not that common. And we haven’t always done it.

The NFL is back, which means that America is gearing up for more heated discussions about kneelers. Here’s how to discuss NFL protests with a bit of civility.

"It’s the largest single entertainment property in the U.S., a $14 billion per year attention-sucking machine with a steady hold on the lives of tens of millions. And its future is now in widespread doubt."

St. John’s College is unique amongst liberal arts colleges. Resisting all current trends in higher education, including the high cost, America should be paying attention.

Move over, Fidget Spinner. There’s a whole industry of consumer goods being marketed toward America’s anxiety-stricken.

Move over, millennials. It’s time for a new generation’s habits and tastes to be put under the microscope. Meet Gen-Z. They’re financially cautious, pragmatic, and they’re coming to an office near you.

The role of the athlete has changed in the age of Trump. To see how, look no further Colin Kaepernick, the controversial player whose NFL career has been about everything but football.

Global wealth disparity is becoming more dramatic and the idea of a middle-class is becoming an outdated notion. It's having an effect on the art market.

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

"Historic buildings and structures dating from the Byzantine era to the 20th century have been subjected to disastrous restorations in recent years here, prompting public outcry and fostering a cynical attitude toward planned projects."

"Fox News, normally the object of presidential praise on Twitter, was subjected to an unusual tweet-lashing over the weekend when the president went after three of its anchors."

"Opinion: I am not willing to cast a ballot for this current crop of scandal-mongers, gossips and PR-obsessed dilettantes who are tearing the country apart - don't we deserve better?"

"Listening to The Joe Rogan Experience is sort of like crashing an intense, intimate dinner party in which the only courses are whiskey and weed."

"At the Jewish Museum in London called “Jews, Money, Myth.” The show explores the ways in which Jews have been associated with money over the past 2,000 years."

"Footage of last week’s massacre in New Zealand, which the shooter streamed in real time via Facebook Live, quickly proliferated. The original 17-minute webcast was viewed fewer than 200 times and wasn’t immediately reported, Facebook says."

"When I hear that Jews are too powerful, my response is, we are not powerful enough. When I hear that AIPAC is too influential a lobby, I say it must become even more influential."

"Lost in migration: When Walter Benjamin fled France in 1940, he took a heavy black suitcase. Did it contain a typescript? Where is it now?"

"Someday my daughter will be asked if she wants to have a bat mitzvah. I’m inclined to let her make up her own mind... It's a lot of work to learn Hebrew, memorize parts of the Torah and prepare for a pressure-packed performance at such a young age."

"Tablet's Unorthodox Podcast: Gail Simmons, Shalom Auslander, Jill Kargman, Gil Hovav, and more on the Jewish foods that mean the most to them."

""Hitting someone is a foundational moral violation," Yale University Psychologist Paul Bloom wrote in a comment to the paper. "Indeed, these sorts of physical infractions are found to be morally wrong by the youngest babies we can test."

" Ilhan Omar in particular has garnered attention for tweets widely viewed by the Jewish community as trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes. The result has been the most media coverage of anti-Semitism in a decade..."