Brook Wilensky-Lanford

Brook Wilensky-Lanford is the author of Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden (Grove Press, 2011). An editor of Killing the Buddha, she lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Follow Brook on Twitter: @modmyth

Recent Posts by Brook

Edens Everywhere

It wouldn’t be paradise if it weren’t already lost.

Gods of the Whole Earth

There’s just something about the current MoMA exhibit “Access to Tools: The Whole Earth Catalog” (closing Tuesday!). I’ve written elsewhere about The Whole Earth Catalog and my family, most recently for the forthcoming Frequencies project, where I consider it as a spiritual object.  The MoMA exhibit didn’t take that stance, exactly, but the very experience of visiting…

An American Eden, Dead on the Fourth of July

Greetings, fellow Americans. I’d like to pay tribute to a little-known patriot who died on the fourth of July, 30 years ago. Although it’s not as exciting as being Born on the Fourth of July, I think Elvy Edison Callaway of Bristol, Florida, would be happy to be associated in any way possible with Independence…

Norway Worships Warship, Not Its Namesake

Attention, everyone: the Norwegian navy just got a new warship. It is 440 feet long, featuring anti-surface naval strike missiles, Sea Sparrow missile air-defense missiles, and an anti-aircraft gun and torpedo system. I’m not usually a follower of Scandinavian military technology. But this ship has an unusual name: HMNS Thor Heyerdahl. Maybe you recognize it….

Mom: Pray for Gabrielle Giffords

On Saturday, I’d spent the day out visiting friends, not glued to my computer as usual, so it wasn’t until nearly midnight that I heard about the shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona, from a friend who’d come over to watch a movie. She couldn’t remember the name. “Gabrielle Giffords?” I said, and laughed at…

Killing the Buddha

(Still) Speaking of Science

When I reviewed Krista Tippett’s new collection of interviews, Einstein’s God, last month for KtB, I was having to read between the lines for Tippett’s own views on the eternal interplay between science and religion–views, informed by her decades-worth of conversations with major players in these issues. Her recent Huffington Post article, “Religion and Science:…

Speaking of Science

Krista Tippett and her interlocutors take on the “Big Questions.”

Why I Love Lucy

High hopes for the first woman’s Times Square debut.