Pensaments of an Anthropological Patzer

Archive for November 2005

David Price at Counterpoint: How US Anthropologists Planned “Race-Specific” Weapons Against the Japanese

Saturday, 26 November 2005, 23:50

I haven’t had time to read this yet, but neither have I seen it mentioned anywhere else in the anthropologosphere, and it struck me as the sort of thing others out there might be interested in. Before PRISP, there was… well, there was a lot of stuff: administrative assistance for colonial governments, spying in times […]


Saturday, 26 November 2005, 18:30


At the end of our streets…

Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 10:41

I got sick in India — most every American does. Upon return to the United States, I had a falling out with the family physician, and in the five years following I did not see a doctor about this lingering illness. This past September, my friend Emily convinced me to go to the Haight Ashbury […]

Does anyone else find the NY Times interview with Jean Baudrillard a little ironic?

Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 09:35

It‘s a simulacrum of a dialogue in a simulation of journalism. I’m trying to decide my favourite part: It might be ‘So you don’t think that the U.S. invaded Iraq to spread freedom?’ See, ’cause, I totally thought Baudrillard would think that… For those of you who don’t read high-falutin’ French logorrhoea (after all, as […]

Unemployed again… Bah!

Tuesday, 22 November 2005, 12:43

I generally try to avoid talking about my personal life unless I can somehow relate it to culture or theory, or unless I’m writing about things done alone, and can omit personal information about friends and acquaintances. I’ve been reading Hegel and Marx, lately, and my brain wants me to relate the following to labour, […]

Interview with David Graeber at Toward Freedom

Monday, 21 November 2005, 18:02

Never before been to Toward Freedom, but they’re running an interview with David Graeber, today. For those of you not in the know, David Graeber is an anarchist anthropologist who’s been denied tenure at Yale. Savage Minds did a piece on Graeber back in May. There’s been little news on his case since that time.

Outlook India: Anthropologist B. K. Roy Burman Undertakes Death Fast in Assam

Monday, 21 November 2005, 16:40

Roy launches fast unto death against violence in Assam [Sunday, November 20, 2005 05:56:00 pmPTI] DIPHU (ASSAM): Noted anthropologist B K Roy Burman on Sunday launched a fast unto death in Assam’s strife-torn Karbi Anglong district where 14 houses of Dimasa tribals were torched on Saturday. Roy Burman, who is on a peace mission to […]

Correction: Home Depot and Emet News Service

Thursday, 17 November 2005, 21:25

In a post from Sunday, I took Home Depot to task, and, among other claims, indicated that co-chairman of the board Bernard Marcus was also on the board of Emet News Service. A person claiming to be the owner and publisher of Emet has posted a comment indicating that Mr. Marcus is, in fact, not […]

SOAS said Yes! … Now what do I do?

Monday, 14 November 2005, 08:33

My request for a deferral has been accepted. Now, I need to find £10,500 (US$18,313.05) by 25 September of next year in order to pay for school. I do not, as yet, have a real plan. The most obvious thing to do is go to the San Francisco Public Library’s So-Ya-Wanna-Be-A-College-Student room (I can’t recall […]

Sneer, Divide, Conquer.

Sunday, 13 November 2005, 20:39

Wednesday, I went with my friend Erin of LiP Magazine to a reading at City Lights bookstore from Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz‘ memoir of the Contra War Blood on the Border. Dunbar-Ortiz was a member of the American Indian Movement and has been a feminist and anti-war activist. Blood on the Border is her third memoir, following […]