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Marine Biologist The Doorman Opposite George Newman's Mail The Bootleg Marriage
Just Dessert Sleep Desk Late Coffee High Stakes Motor Oil Downtown
Code Cracking Nonfat Yogurt Bad Boy It's Not You I Can't Be... Exploding Wallet
Elaine Flies Coach The Close Talker The Alliance Broccoli Coated Culture Dinner Party
George's Friend Jerry's Haircut Face Paint Mustachioed Smoking East River
Pool Man Dunkin' Joe Life Lessons Reckoning Dog Medicine Shower Heads
Looking Busy George Tips Kramer's Job Empty Tank
Click here for the reference to the "Argonauts" title, below.
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Yup, he was that big—a large part of America's twentieth century mythology. The natives of the island of Seinfeld know him, too. Joltin' Joe was New York—as New York as a native of San Francisco could ever be. He led the Yankees to ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships. He was a hands-down, first-ballot Hall of Famer.
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Grease Feasts (1943)
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Muchona the Hornet (1967)
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It is difficult to deduce attitudes from the behavior of members of another culture, but I once attended a Kaneng'a of Muchona's in company with a South African artist from Natal who has seen Zulu doctors at work. Muchona was treating an unfortunate woman who was suffering from delusions as the result of puerperal fever. My friend was impressed by what he called the "compassionateness" of Muchona's demeanor. Gone was the rather uneasy pertness and comicality of his usual manner; in its stead was an almost maternal air—kind, capable hands washing with medicine, a face full of grave concern. My friend commented on the "heroism" with which Muchona, at one phase of the ritual, ventured out alone into the ghost-ridden graveyard, far from the firelight, to exorcise the agencies of evil that were making the poor victim writhe and babble nonsense. He subdued his fear to his curative vocation.
Tiv Circumcision (1954)
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We met early the next morning—blood, like oil, congeals in the chill of the morning; no one would perform such an operation at noon when the blood flows freely. We all watched Kako manipulate ritual symbols as he ceremonially removed all magical danger from the fourteen boys. If all magical precautions were taken and witches were successfully warded off, there could be no danger in the operation.
Men, women, and children gathered around to watch and hearten the lads. Myself pale and shaken from watching, I paid full tribute to the endurance they showed. Most of the boys bit their lips in silence; any stifled moan that escaped them was drowned in the shouted encouragement of the by-standers: "Have courage!" "Strengthen your heart!" "Now you are a man!" A few, like Accident, managed to gasp out faint bawdiness, "Whittle carefully there. Many women will judge your work!" No matter how feeble the jest, such sallies were greeted with great applause. "Our little brother has a strong heart." "He who jokes under the knife will not fear lions."
 Franz Boas, Kwakiutl Ethnography [Edited by Helen Codere] (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966), 95-96.
 Victor Turner, The Forest of Symbols (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967), 137.
 Elenore Smith Bowen, Return to Laughter (New York: Anchor Books, 1964), 259-260.
Boas, Franz. Kwakiutl Ethnography [Edited by Helen Codere]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966.
Bowen, Elenore Smith. Return to Laughter. New York: Anchor Books, 1964.
Turner, Victor. The Forest of Symbols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.
Wednesday, February 8th
Kramer Talks Life
Kramer and George have a discussion about their lives. Mostly George's. It ain't pretty. Join us next week for cultural approaches to life, companionship, and coming of age.