What Does ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Mean? – The Atlantic

Probably the most articulate, most cogent commentary/exchange I have seen or heard yet, on the subject of cultural appropriation.

It’s a fairly lengthy interview, but well worth it, for the balanced, nuanced, and analytical approach taken by both participants.

“These aren’t genetic issues, they’re cultural issues, so I don’t feel ashamed for any of it,” he said. “I wasn’t there. You weren’t either. And we’re all obligated to use our talents for the good of others, whether our great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant, a slave, or a Southern plantation owner with 5,000 slaves.”

~Richard Rabinowitz, curator at the New-York Historical Society


Source: What Does Cultural Appropriation Mean?

Zoroastrianism: “The obscure religion that shaped the West”

There’s – almost – nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. I wonder by what cognitive process watertight believers account for the fact, borne out by history, that there is very little originality in their belief system of choice?


 

The obscure religion that shaped the West

The Roots of Narcissism | Psychology Today

It’s a constructive exercise to encourage discussion on this, and to allay misconceptions due to NPD apparently being social media’s darling disorder, but I somewhat disagree with this interpretation from author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Seth Meyers. As he establishes early on, the narcissistic personality certainly doesn’t stem from a sense of superiority; that’s just how this maladaptive behaviour presents itself. Continue reading

Lost in Trumpslation: An Interview with Bérengère Viennot – Los Angeles Review of Books

A fascinating, inside look at the tribulations of translators, not only in times of Trump, but more broadly at the headspaces they navigate.

For journalistic translator, Bérengère Viennot, who has translated Obama’s speeches and does the same now for Trump, it could, in visual terms, be compared to being snatched from the clean aesthetics of a Mondrian, and being hurled into a linguistic morass, inspired in equal measure by M.C. Escher and Hieronymus Bosch. Continue reading

How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?

Attribution: Andy Rain/EPA

Analysis and perspective come together in this article for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, by author, academic, and broadcaster, Kenan Malik, in the wake of last Wednesday’s terror attack in central London. Continue reading