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Walter Benjamin’s Kabbalah of Naming Things

In one short paragraph, the great German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin connects the dots among art and creativity, language and perception (epistemology), and the Creation story of the Bible, thus conjuring his own mysticism, his own Kabbalah: “The name receives and assimilates the ‘language issuing from matter,’ the ‘communicating muteness’ of nature through which…

Ginsberg’s Allies Hit imby in Pocketbook

(COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y.) – While the finalization of the odious Ginsberg’s deal by the IDA (Industrial Development Association) may be the end of a controversial, hard-fought battle, strewn with conflicts of interest and cronyism, there is apparently an epilogue to the story: several advertisers with close relationships to Ginsberg’s have withdrawn their support of imby,…

On GMO labeling and Berkshire food markets

The Berkshire Eagle finally did respond by publishing this letter in its edition of August 31 ,2015. I sent this letter to the editor of the Berkshire Eagle on 8/24/15. They apparently have declined to publish it. So I am publishing it here: To the editor: Kudos on giving such prominent play to pending legislation…

Give to the Rogovoy Report, Get a Pair of Tickets to WAM Theatre Gala

WAM Theatre is generously offering a pair of tickets ($100 value) to “Stars In The Orchard: A magical midsummer night’s cocktail party to benefit WAM Theatre,” to be held at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, Mass., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 6:30pm, to a lucky contributor to the Rogovoy Report in support of the Rogovoy…

Give to the Rogovoy Report, Get a ‘Magic Fluke’ Ukulele

(SHEFFIELD, Mass.) – Once again, the good folks at Magic Fluke, the Sheffield-based company that designs and manufactures a whole line of affordable, USA-made ukuleles – and the new Cricket violin – are offering the opportunity for contributors to the Rogovoy Report to be enrolled in a giveaway to win a free ukulele as a…

Things I am not looking forward to doing

Things I am not looking forward to doing: My taxes Scheduling my car for regular maintenance Taking my car to the mechanic for regular maintenance Scheduling the dogs annual wellness visit to vet Taking dogs to vet Answering a text that says only, “Hi.” Chasing down money from people who owe me money Cleaning out…

Richard Ford, Bruce Springsteen, and Me

My Heretofore Unknown Role in Turning Richard Ford Onto Bruce Springsteen – Thereby Paving the Way for Ford’s Most Memorable Character, Frank Bascombe — of New Jerseyby Seth Rogovoy One day back in 1978, I was talking to my English 101 professor, Richard Ford (yes, that Richard Ford), about Bruce Springsteen. Ford, to my surprise,…