Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).

Recent Posts by Jeff

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Mr. Enigma, C Street Defender

Last week, the Wall Street Journal’s online edition asked me to write a short commentary on C Street, one of the subjects of my new book, C Street, and the 2010 midterm elections. A supporter of the organization behind C Street, the Family, posted a response, not so much to the commentary but to the…

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Christine O’Donnell Wants You to Buy C Street

My new book, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, is officially out today. I was at C Street this morning, as it happens, for some fellowship with Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), and some pretty little Christian gals who brought us our coffee and muffins when…

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Glenn Beck and the Magic of History

In light of Glenn Beck’s invocation of phony American history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial today, I think it’s worth reviving my 2006 Harper’s magazine story on the Christian Right’s make over of the past, “Through a Glass Darkly: How the Christian Right is Re-imagining American History.”

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C Street on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

My conversation with Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” is now online. It’s a discussion of chapter four in my new book, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, the story of American fundamentalism’s long shadow overseas and the genocide on the mind of Uganda’s antigay crusaders. From the interview: “When you speak to…

From Capitol Hill to Kampala: C Street, the Book

Newcomers to KtB don’t know me, but I’ve been here since Peter Manseau proposed a webmagazine named Killing the Buddha in 2000. I didn’t know what that meant, or what it would be about, but I immediately agreed. When you find a good title, leap. That’s what I did last summer, after a series of…

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Wanted: C Street Web Designer

Wanted: Politically engaged web designer interested in religion to collaborate with me on a resource site for my forthcoming book, C Street (Little,Brown, September 27). If you have to ask what C Street is, this job’s probably not for you. As for me, I’m the technologically illiterate co-founder of this site and the author of…

Clouds, When Determined By Context

On the sci-fi roots of modern fundamentalism.

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American Religion: A History in Pieces

I’ve signed on to edit an anthology of literary journalism about American religion for a university press, called — for now, at least — “American Religion: A History in Pieces.” The time frame is 1860-now. The genre, in case you aren’t familiar with it, is narrative nonfiction writing that makes use of fictional techniques —…

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According to Research

Every now and then a reader of my book, The Family, writes with an interesting lead: a Family connection I’d been unaware of, a theological perspective I hadn’t considered. And then there’s this. Someone called MA Jenkins responded to an interview I gave to Seattle’s KOMO 1000 with this video about the “greater threat” that…

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Abortion, The Reality Show (A Dramatization)

At last! The solution to the abortion debate: A reality show. “Bump+” follows three women with unintended pregnancies, who will, apparently, be guided in their choice about whether or not to have an abortion or a child, by viewer comments. “The final cliffhanger is so unpredictable,” says the press release from Yellow Line Studios, a…

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Evil Virgins

New Yorkers: I’m slated to talk with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate 1:20 pm Wednesday about Uganda’s gay death penalty bill. Then, the next night, I get to read St. Jerome’s letter on “evil virgins” in St. Paul’s Chapel to celebrate the new “Religion” issue of Lapham’s Quarterly. I’m hoping that in between I’ll get a chance…

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Vic Chesnutt, RIP

Vic Chesnutt, one of the great musical Buddha killers of our time, died of an overdose on Christmas day. Read Kristin Hersh’s eulogy. If you were a fan, chip in some money to help his cash-strapped family cover expenses. If you aren’t familiar with Chesnutt’s remarkable songs, I want to say you should start with “In…

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The Family and the “Heathen Chinese”

Over at my personal blog, I’ve posted a link to religion blogger Richard Bartholomew’s post on the Taipei Prayer Breakfast and followed it up with some documents on the relationship between China and the Family from my archives. Since I know some KtB readers found us via The Family, I’m cross-posting it below. Be warned:…

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The Family’s Dead Sea Scrolls

Over at my personal blog, “Call Me Ishmael,” I’ve begun posting archival documents linked to my research for The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. I began with a 1980 letter from a Family associate to then Pennsylvania state legislator Joe Pitts pledging the support of the Family — aka the…

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Chuck Colson’s Heavenly Man Cave

Over in Christian Post, Christian Right leader — and Watergate felon — Chuck Colson offers a glimpse of his idea of Heaven: Nothing but sweet man-flesh as far as the eye can see! Colson’s writing about a press conference for the Manhattan Declaration, a document signed by all the Christian conservative heavies intended, says Colson,…

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Buddha killer Alex Rose, “best of the ‘Best'”

Killing the Buddha contributing editor Alex Rose’s story “Ostracon” is featured in the 2009 edition of The Best American Short Stories, selected this year by novelist Alice Sebold. In today’s Wall Street Journal, critic Diane Scharper singles out Alex’s story for special praise: Perhaps the best of the “Best” is Alex Rose’s “Ostracon,” a story…

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Sharlet on NPR’s “Fresh Air” today

I’ll be a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross today, airing on your local NPR affiliate at various times around the nation. The interview began as a follow-up to my short conversation with Gross last July about my book on the Family, the secretive religious conservative organization that runs the C Street house…

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The Last Great Jewish Crank Intellectual

Danish-language readers everywhere: Have I got a skrift for you. New York, New York: Ti Vandringer I Ti Newyorkeres Fodspor by my friend Anne Me discount soft cialis tte Lundtofte. Anne Mette came to America, did a literature Ph.D. on Kierkegaard at NYU for kicks, then sat in on one of my courses in literary…