The Always Broken Goddess

In Hindu mythology there is a goddess who derives her power from being broken. Never whole, and therefore never limited. Meet Akhilandeshvari. “Ishvari” in Sanskrit means “goddess” or “female power,” and the “Akhilanda” means essentially “never not broken.” In other words, The Always Broken Goddess. Sanskrit is a tricky and amazing language, and I love […]

Beyond Deliberative Democracy

Not a single Republican lawmaker attended last week’s 50th anniversary memorial of the March on Washington. Their absence made headlines, stoking the flames of partisan politics, and foreshadowing a moral contest for the 2014 midterm elections. It was nothing less than a perfect opportunity to manipulate a country sold on the promises of deliberative democracy, […]

Doubting Love

Love is not a state, a feeling, a disposition, but an exchange, uneven, fraught with history, with ghosts, with longings that are more or less legible to those who try to see one another with their own faulty vision. — Judith Butler, Doubting Love Much like reading Judith Butler, doubting love can be dangerous. It […]


I was born to two people in mourning. One for the loss of a mother, the other the loss of a great friend. They split up when I was no more than three years old, each taking their grief elsewhere, neither one of them being done with it — only with each other. I’ll never […]

Powerful Words

In late 2012, a man whom I admired very much passed away. I recalled something one of his students once said to me, long before death shadowed our teacher’s life. “It only takes one word, true or not, to ruin a man’s reputation,” he warned. The student was at a party when some of his […]