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NEH Presentation Material for Today

Hi all, I'm attaching a paper that I've written for the seminar.  It is a rather long-winded and rough first draft.  But it gets down on paper what I've been reading and thinking about.  I really don't expect you to read the whole thing.  To get an idea of the main points, all you really need to do is read the introduction, which is about 4 pages long.  I wanted to add another section on Gershom Scholem but I ran out of time and steam.  There should be plenty to discuss anyway.  I'm sorry that this is late.  See you this afternoon.  Thanks, Michael

Graves

I googled for images of graves:

 Schoenberg's:  http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8540010 (What a weight to bear in death!)

 Waugh's:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3199

 Wikipedia has a list of celebrities buried at Forest Lawn:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Lawn_Memorial_Park,_Glendale

Aimee Semple McPherson

I noticed a couple of references to the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in Waugh's book, the most obvious one being that Aimee Thanatogenos is said to be named after her.  I have been reading a really good book on McPherson:  Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America (Harvard UP, 2007), which describes, among other things, how central she was to the religious and cultural scene of Los Angeles during the 30s.  Like Horkheimer and Adorno, she was appalled by the Culture Industry of Hollywood, but she tried to ado

Thomas Mann's "Joseph the Provider" - discussion notes and questions

The attached file contains some notes and discussion questions for our session on Mann's fourth Joseph novel.  I'm looking forward to our discussion.

Michael

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