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Aharon Varady

Aharon Varady

Community Planner (M.C.P.) and Jewish Educator (M.A.J.Ed.) working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study. I am the founding director of the Open Siddur Project, http://opensiddur.org

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To Stand on One Foot

Rokuro Taniuchi

In October 2008, my friend Will posted on his blog, A Journey Around My Skull, his discovery of a Japanese illustrator, Rokuro Taniuchi. The image of a looming figure on the horizon by Taniuchi reminded me very much of the cover art for a book I read in 5th grade titled Creatures . . . → Continue reading: To Stand on One Foot

We are the music makers

willywonka

In the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), after Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) proudly describes that in his lickable wallpaper “The snozberries taste like snozberries!”, an exasperated Veruca Salt snidely comments, “Snozberries? Who ever heard of a snozberry?” Willy Wonka grabs her mouth and explains “We are the music makers, and We are . . . → Continue reading: We are the music makers

Hobbits, Jews, and Romantics in the Woods

Just a few notes on the film Defiance. My housemate and I caught a free screening courtesy of gofobo.com and the Ritz East. The film is based on the 1993 book by Nechama Tec, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, and it is an excellent story told well. Had it been a fantasy written by Tolkien it . . . → Continue reading: Hobbits, Jews, and Romantics in the Woods

Day of Radiance: A Celebration of Experimental Music and Parks in Philadelphia

Although the day, month, and season Brian Eno met Laraaji Nadabrahmananda in Philadelphia’s New York’s Washington Square Park in 1979 is unknown, their meeting led directly to an important album, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (1980). In commemoration of this creative encounter, the Philadelphia Ambient Consortium is at the beginning stages of . . . → Continue reading: Day of Radiance: A Celebration of Experimental Music and Parks in Philadelphia

The Eye that Blinds

Years ago on mog.com, I wrote about Claus Cordes’ cover art for Klaus Schulz’s 1983 album Audentity, the new wave punk slit glasses shown in the film Big Trouble in Little China (1986), and the specialized glasses worn by Geordi La Forge, the blind engineer played by LeVar Burton in Star Trek: The Next Generation . . . → Continue reading: The Eye that Blinds

Behemot and Bahamut

The umbilical cord of my omphalos winds its way back in time to the blessings of my mother and father, but also inwards and outside-of-time, stretching into a womb land that is all myth and dream and imagination. With some effort I can follow my way back into this makom, this space and hopefully return . . . → Continue reading: Behemot and Bahamut

On Frida Kahlo’s Jewish Heritage

This past Sunday, May 18th, marked the end of the Frida Kahlo exhibit this year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. My friend Robyn and I caught it just before its expiry along with hordes of locals who had waited till the last moment. Outside, pregnant rain clouds were birthing a fury of elements, a . . . → Continue reading: On Frida Kahlo’s Jewish Heritage

Audentity

I haven’t used my MOGspace much to blog about Klaus Schulze, and it does reflect some personal bias on my part… I just have the hardest time separating out one of his albums musically from any of the others in his early discography. That’s why the cover art is so important in identifying what’s what. . . . → Continue reading: Audentity

update 2002-08-14

A month ago I visited the exhibit of Robinson Fredenthal, a wonderful artist and designer, who has been making complicated geometric objects out of folded paper and tape for the last 35 years. Afterwards, I met Robinson in his studio and saw much more of his collection. I knew I’d be leaving Philadelphia soon but . . . → Continue reading: update 2002-08-14

update 2002-07-30

This summer, while I’ve been pondering what next to do with my life, I’ve also been going back over all the small mysteries and projects which I never had taken the time before to investigate or at least, write down. Here’s an example. I always wondered who did the fantastic and psychedelic cover art illustrations . . . → Continue reading: update 2002-07-30

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