The Invisible Commonwealth
— a non-profit cultural foundation dedicated to the study and promulgation of Jewish Civilization in itself and in its relation to the larger world. We will soon (within a year) be hiring people to assist in number of projects; we are looking for people able to assist in website management, e-publication; we need artists, writers and musicians and scholars. Our initial projects are
Modern Yiddish Literature
We will be publishing free online editions of such writers as Kulbak, Margolin, & Halpern, in fully-annotated scholarly facing-page translation, as well as literary translations with critical studies. (The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse is a good bilingual introduction to this material).
Jewish Occult Philosophy
There is a highly developed tradition of "Jewish
Hermeticism," fusing Aristotelianism (through Maimonides) with Neoplatonism
(through Kabbalists such as Luzatto.) Schneur Zalman's
Tanya is a particularly important moment in the development of this
thought, and his work parallels in many ways that of contemporary German
Idealist Philosophers (Fichte, Hegel, Schelling), which have like occult
roots in the writings of Boehme.
This material has never yet been assessed on its philosophical merits. We mean to promote and publish critical and comparative studies of this material. Persons interested in this area need to have a good background in Kant & Hegel as well as familiarity with the Zohar. (Daniel Matt's Zohar, The Book of Enlightenment, and the Kant through Schopenhauer sections of Copleston's History of Philosophy, and Zalman's Tanya provide an introduction to this material.)
The Caligula of Taste
writings on art, design & aesthetics
(become a Friend of Caligula on Facebook)
Book of Wonders
Meryl Gross, featured artist of the Invisible Gallery, operates this ever expanding tour of hallucinatory pop culture and product nostalgia gone awry
Even Unto China
Translations from Chinese and Essays on Chinese culture.
Words and Music
The Circus of Dr. Jake
my published works, as free PDFs, or for sale in hard copy