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Spiritual American Trash

Buddha-killer and regular contributor Greg Bottoms has a new book out! It is a collection of eight biographical essays on 20th-century religious self-taught artists called Spiritual American Trash: Portraits from the Margins of Art and Faith (Counterpoint). It’s filled with his trademark poetic prose and insights on spirituality, creativity, suffering, and art-as-survival, and several of…

Israeli Settlers as Kitsch

Join Buddha-killer Kiera Feldman for a video screening at Brooklyn’s Union Docs on Sunday, January 27th at 7:30pm. It’s a two-part affair: Part I: Kiera presents a curated selection of Youtube ephemera produced by homegrown settlers—suburbanite American Jews who have moved to the Israeli settlements. See her accompanying story in VICE magazine, “Living the American Dream…

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In Search Of…: 3 KtB Editors in Dialectic Revival

As part of Buddha-killing artist Alyce Santoro’s gallery show “philosoprops and philosophical apparatus,” three Killing the Buddha editors will have a public conversation in the form of Dialectic Revival about the various quests they’ve undergone and are undergoing for the Eden of the past, proof for the existence of God, and an Eden of the…

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Songs from A Broken Liturgy

A little Friday afternoon contemplative music: we’re intrigued by the Allentown, PA, experiment in deconstructed ambient folk-hymns known as “Broken Liturgy.” Curated by an arts and music collective known as saints&children, you can now download a six-song album “Songs from a Broken Liturgy.”

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Faith in the Five Boroughs

For your Friday viewing enjoyment, a video from the new documentary series Faith in the Five Boroughs, documenting faith and religion in New York’s immigrant communities. This one is about a woman who has built a large shrine to La Santa Muerte in her home.

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Research Fellow Opportunity

KtB’s long-time kin, NYU’s Center for Religion and Media (which produces the web journal The Revealer) is accepting applications for a Research Fellow to focus on international religion as part of CRMʼs Luce initiative, “Digital Religion: Knowledge, Politics and Practice in a Transforming International World.” The deadline is August 15 (soon!) and the position is for one year, with a…

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What KTB Stands For*

It’s not often that we busy Buddha-killers have time to toot our own horn. One might even say that Buddha-killing and horn-tooting are somewhat incompatible. So when our esteemed co-founder Peter Manseau shared this modest piece of information about the traditional meaning of the three-letter sequence K-T-B on the Twittersphere the other day, we KtBniks,…

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Scientist Pushback

Morgan Meis’s piece “Religion Island” has riled up the scientists. From the mailbag, here’s theod / usa: This is an extremely silly & ignorant meme. Scientists are busy discovering/codifying/organizing new information, which is a lot harder and time-consuming than it looks to the non-scientist. The world is a complicated place; specialization of labor is in…

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Lake Comeagain

KtB’s devoted cryptozoologist and volunteer typesetter, David Lloyd Rabig, has been moonlighting as an archivist over at A Prairie Home Companion. The other day when we were waiting for our laundry, he was telling us how a certain Mr. Keillor wasn’t always the rhubarb and meatloaf man he is today. Here’s one of the lost…

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And on the CJR Business Pages…

Killing the Buddha got a nice mention by Ryan Chittum and Catherine Rampell in Audit Notes at the Columbia Journalism Review. They were fascinated by Rowan Moore Gerety’s piece “Buying the Body of Christ“, especially the killer quote by communion-wafer maker Cavanagh Company’s general manager: “We take a lot of pride in putting our family…

Paradise Lust at Bluestockings Saturday

Hey, New York City KtB fans! This Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7pm, KtB contributor (and recent addition to the editorial collective) Brook Wilensky-Lanford will be reading from her recently published book Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden at the legendary Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe and Activist Center on the Lower East Side. Paradise Lust is the…

Crazy Wisdom

For those of you in New York City, our friends over at the ever-incredible Rubin Museum of Art are partnering with the Shambhala Meditation Center to present Crazy Wisdom, a film about the life and times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Allen Ginsberg made him his guru. Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. It was 1970 and…

Building the Big Tent with Ancient Future Disciples

Buddha-killer extraordinaire Becky Garrison has a new book! Ancient Future Disciples: Meeting Jesus in Mission-shaped Ministries continues the pilgrimage she began in Jesus Died for This? This time, Becky wanted to find out how some of the more radically inclusive Episcopalian communities work. How do clergy reach out to people who are not likely to set foot inside a…

Faith, Faithlessness, and the Occupation in Between

Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. @ The Tank 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, New York City Tickets: $10 at the door RSVP on Facebook Join critically acclaimed author, KtB editor, and OccupyWriters.com founder Jeff Sharlet and the unstoppable evangelists of anti-consumerism Reverend Billy and Savitri D for a discussion about religion…

Best American Buddha-killer

Join us at Bookcourt this Tuesday to hear from KtB contributor Danica Novgorodoff, whose work is featured in The Best American Comics 2011. This year’s volume, guest edited by Alison Bechdel, also includes contributions by Dash Shaw and Jillian Tamaki, who will join Danica to talk about all things comics. Bookcourt 163 Court St. Brooklyn,…

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Book Buying Instructions from God

Some very nice things that have been written about Killing the Buddha editor Jeff Sharlet’s new book, Sweet Heaven When I Die. You should probably buy it if you don’t want to piss off God. Also, if you want to piss off God? Same deal. This book goes both ways. “The book belongs to the…

WNYC Recommends Sacred & Profane event!

WNYC Picks recommends Killing the Buddha panel at tomorrow’s Brooklyn Book Festival! Come! KtB editor Meera Subramanian will be moderating the panel, The Sacred and the Profane: A Modern Pilgrim’s Progress, featuring Buddha-killers Darcey Steinke (Easter Everywhere), Michael Muhammad Knight (The Taqwacores), and Peter Bebergal (Too Much to Dream). We’ll be exploring unorthodox approaches to faith—how we find it, how we lose it, and how we redefine…

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NYC Event: The World 9/11 Created

Voice of Witness, the non-profit arm of McSweeney’s Books, has put together their latest collection of oral histories in time to be included in our reflections on 9/11 and the world that day created. On Tuesday, September 13, Buddha-killer Scott Korb welcomes Alia Malek, editor of VoW’s Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, to the Jerry…