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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Where the Wild Things Aren’t

I met KtB contributing editor Laurel Snyder back in 2004, when Peter Manseau and I went to Iowa City to promote Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible. At the time, Laurel — a poetry MFA grad of the Iowa program — was thinking a great deal about children’s books. Read Thurber, she told us, and…

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Some Love for My Loveless Universe

A while back, one of the deans of Christian conservatism, Marvin Olasky, invited me to the Empire State Building office from which he edits World magazine to quiz me on my spiritual condition and its relation to my recent book, The Family, in which Marvin appears a few times. I thought we had as lovely…

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J.G. Ballard’s Pre-Posthumous Memoir

KtB contributor (Believer, Beware division) Mark Dery reviews the great J.G. Ballard’s latest and possibly last book, a “pre-posthumous memoir” titled Miracles of Life, for L.A. Weekly. “In response to my inquiry about who would be bringing out Miracles of Life in the States, and when,” writes Mark in a chronicle of his correspondence with…

Waiting for Lefty

If the Religious Left is to lift, everyone counts — the soccer moms and sex workers, the cowboy preachers and radical faeries, and you.

Found in Translation

A faith found in Tulsa translates to Berlin

You Must Draw a Long Bead to Shoot a Fish

A story of reading, dying, and being two things at once, from the new book Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Evangelical

Jonathan Edwards and the making of America.


A New Testament spin on an Old Testament game.

The Mirror and the Leash

Private Lynndie England pictures fashion and fascism in Abu Ghraib.

That Old Time Religion

Still strange, but different: Three new books look at the changing shape of religion in America.


The new neocons ask: What would Abraham do?

A Truancy Officer’s Tale

Jesus says kids had better stay in school—or he’ll send Robert Milner to bust their asses.

Image Conscious

Dara Horn sets out to write the Great American Yiddish Novel — in English.

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Silent Prayers

Why the state should not pray on September 11th.

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I Ate Dirt

With a little bit of God mixed in, even dirt tastes good.

Carolina Miracle Shack

What does a miracle look like? Three opinions, as revealed in Henderson, North Carolina.

Like the Goddamn Internet

James Martin’s strange paintings make him the Martin Luther of the art world.

The Many Times My Mother Died

If the body is a temple, what happens to faith when it’s destroyed?