Real Community

I was just reading a book written by Max Lerner in 1957 called “America as a Civilization,” in which he wonders not if “the small town can be rehabilitated,” but what will evolve in America “to replace it.” In the age of virtual community, Lerner’s work is considered pretty prescient. But I can’t help but […]   read more »

Advice to the Bad Tripping

I got an email the other night from someone I don’t know. He sounded quite distressed, though. Something about being responsible for lots and lots of stuff – creating programs that hurt people’s minds and then causing pain to a whole lot of people, including me and my friends. Interestingly, a lot of what he […]   read more »

Real Estate

Real estate in NYC has gotten pretty damn expensive. I mean, really expensive. They want a million dollars for a loft these days. A two-bedroom in the village? One million dollars, please. Cobble Hill? Just under a million – but nothing’s available, anyway. And even at these price levels, we’re talking crrrap. My wife and […]   read more »

The Jewish Press Widens its Perspective!

The Jewish Week has won the rare distinction of publishing the Jewish print press’s first review of my book, Nothing Sacred, that does not descend into paranoia, racism, or personal attack. The writer, Sandee Brawarsky, actually sidesteps most of the unnecessary controversy and gets to the heart of what I meant to explore in the […]   read more »

What’s Next for Rushkoff?

First, some interesting stuff about the book, Nothing Sacred, at Zeek magazine. (Although one of the two reviewers, in an effort to critique my “scholarship,” claims I’ve written that the Orthodox movement grew out of the holocaust, which I don’t say. On page 73 I explain how it was a reaction to German reforms of […]   read more »

Still Lapsed, After all these Months

In a particularly distressed moment, I made a remark in one of the comments sections, below, that: “As for me, I think my association with Judaism is coming to an end. I’m interested in it as an intellectual and as an ethicist, but I don’t see it as a fruitful spiritual path – at least […]   read more »

Please help me create a new title!

I’m working on a new version of the book Nothing Sacred, for paperback. I’m adjusting a lot of things to make it less severe, and more consistent with some of what I’ve learned in the past year or two about Judaism’s better offerings. (They’re harder to find, but they exist!) Most importantly, I want to […]   read more »

My Last Word on the Subject

I learned last night about a ‘phone tree’ campaign for Jews to boycott Jewish magazines that carry my work. It’s not because of anything I wrote – not even the NYPress piece. No, it’s because of a review of my book in Jerusalem Report that called me an atheist! So, I figured I’d write this […]   read more »

The Bubble, part two: Reloaded

Not that most readers of this humble web log are wealthy enough (anymore, at any rate) to be investors, but just in case you were thinking of putting your hard-earned cash on the roulette wheel otherwise known as the stock market, I urge you to think again. The irrational exuberance that swept the investment world […]   read more »

Madagascar Inst.

I had the rare treat of witnessing another Madagascar Institute extravaganza, yesterday afternoon. They’re hard to describe, but they’re basically like underground ‘zine publishing except instead of appropriating the office copiers they appropriate the street and, in some ways, reality itself. This one was called “The Madagascar Institute goes crazy, Broadway Style!” and featured what […]   read more »