anthropology

speakingintongues

Speaking in Tongues of Fire

Glossolalia–not just for Pentecost anymore.

TheGiantVermin, via Flickr

Love is an Animal Thing

Barbara King’s new book How Animals Grieve raises questions about grief, and its emotional corollary, love, for humans too.

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Studying Religion Is Revolutionary in China

Like pretty much everything else over there right now, religion is a growth industry in China. After decades of official repression a whole bunch of new religious movements—and, even more, new forms of old religions—are gathering steam. Trying to get a handle on this from back here in New York, I did an interview with…

By macten via Flickr

Why I Love Lucy

High hopes for the first woman’s Times Square debut.

Austria, 25,000 BCE

Who Are These Women?

Along the ramparts of the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art, there is a small exhibition of ancient female figurines, among them the oldest sculpture in the museum’s collection. What strange forms! Where are the supermodels, where are the Barbie dolls? At the confluence of second-wave feminism and post-Freudian psychohistory, the mid-twentieth century saw…

all images by Nathan Schneider

Proof Enough for Me

When the usual proofs for God don’t do the trick, sometimes you have to think up your own.