After Crucifixion: A Keen Book (and interview)

What will probably be remembered as having the greatest reviews ever, After Crucifixion: The Promise of Theology is, unlike much of what I’m sent, a stellar read. Many of the theology books that come my way are either trying to mimic that guy I always confuse with Henry Rollins (‘Peter something or another’) or they are attempting to ‘out’ neo-Anabaptist... Read More

How to Create an ________(hint, it begins with an ‘A’) Part ‘Deus’: An Interview with Peter Boghossian

A few weeks ago I interviewed Jesus Camp’s Becky Fischer. In order to share the love, I recently interviewed atheist Peter Boghossian. How’s that for diversity? (Or, not . . . you be the judge.) Peter recently published a book called, A Manual For Creating Atheists where he takes up the lofty task of passing on valuable skills for how to talk people out of their religious... Read More

How to Create An _________ (hint: it begins with an ‘a’)

So, the book below just popped into my life (how do things like this just ‘pop’ into my life anyway? Providence? Contingency? Accident? Amazon referrals?) And I my first thought was, “Great. Just great. Not only do I have to worry about assholes trying to convert me to Christianity, now I have to worry about assholes trying to convert me to atheism. Why does... Read More

hawkeye, mad cyclists, and why people like rob bell: an interview with ryan miller

Today, I’m interviewing Ryan Miller, ex-creator of video games such as Myst and Raven (nice) turned pastor (go back to video games, dude) who recently wrote Everything Breathes. While his title is true, I bet he doesn’t know what the Archaeoglobus fulgidus breathes. Do you? Didn’t think so, fool. INTERVIEW WITH RYAN MILLER 1-Just to be clear, you’re not... Read More

Ignoring Nature No More

“If all (hu)mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson My wonderful friend Marc Bekoff (who just so happens to be super-tight buddies with Jane Goodall–which almost makes me friends with her) sent... Read More

The Good, the Beautiful, and the Grotesque: An Interview with Schuy Weishaar

I’ve recently had the lovely pleasure of reading an incredibly smart, crafty and erudite book, Masters of the Grotesque: The Cinema of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch. This is the kind of book that most of us want to write, but very few of us could actually write. Schuy Weishaar pulls it off. Like a champ. Like the champ of all champs. Like THE... Read More

Book Notes of Note (Puppets, Crows, and Tim Burton)

‘Sup. Yeah. I just said, ”Sup’. Okay, so, in the past few weeks I’ve received a number of books for review, general edification, a place to rest my head, something to throw at my enemies, blahblahblah, and because it’s taking me forever and more to get to all of them, I wanted to at least draw your attention to each one. More to come on them later. I... Read More

Mad-Farming with Fred Bahnson (and the ecological perks of public urination)

I met Fred Bahnson back in grad school. We’d spend our lunches sitting on the steps of Duke Chapel playing chess. We were fairly even-matched. That is, we were both pretty bad at it. Nevertheless, it got us out of the classroom long enough to talk about Duke basketball–which is a lovely thing when you’ve made the mistake of taking a seminar on Immanuel Kant. I’d... Read More

That Holy Anarchist

I have such cool friends. I really do. You will, therefore, have to forgive me (literally–just ask Jesus) if in the next few weeks I spend some quality time highlighting their stellar work. From farming to animal liberation to books on the grotesque, I’m going to show you just how awesome I am due to my proximity to other awesome people. It’s a win/win situation. This... Read More

Nine is Better than None (5 Questions with Shawn Peters)

No time for a lofty introduction this week, here’s all you need to know: -Shawn Peters, from Catonsville, MD, is a scholar who has been on PBS, CNN and featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times. He has written the authoritative book on The Catonsville Nine. -Daniel Berrigan, in his early 90′s, is far cooler than you can ever hope to be. Seriously. Far cooler. -Shawn... Read More