Peter Manseau is the author of Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son and, most recently, Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead. He founded Killing the Buddha with Jeff Sharlet, and the two wrote Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible. Follow him on Twitter @petermanseau.
Recent Posts by Peter
Pilgrims in India long for the cold.
An excerpt from Rag and Bone, in which a soccer-playing Syrian calls Bashar al-Assad a lizard.
Photos of Jeff Sharlet and Peter Manseau by Becky Garrison. At last night’s Heretical Hanukkah Party (or whatever you want to call it), we had the chance to celebrate KtB co-founder Peter Manseau’s trifecta of Jewish book award wins for his new novel, Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter. He read a few pages from the…
After ditching the tour group, he’s got twenty-four hours and seven very important Turkish towns to see.
An exclusive excerpt from Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter.
A Russian nun and her impossible song, in an excerpt from Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead.
A lapsed Catholic discovers the magnificent God of his disbelief in a Yiddish library. An excerpt from KtB founder Peter Manseau’s new novel.
How does the son of fallen clergy rebel? He tries to become a monk. An excerpt from Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and their Son, now available in paperback.
A clash of civilizations, or a failure of the imagination?
Editors’ note: This essay was first published in April 2001, long before Oprah’s Book Club chose Night as its latest selection. Yet especially in light of doubts concerning the reliability of Oprah’s previous pick, the question raised here remains relevant: In making the Holocaust a matter of theological concern, does Elie Wiesel’s classic memoir court historical revisionism?
The odd romance of relics and the people who love them.
The life, death, and ever-changing image of an icon.
A new icon emerges from Iraq.
In a New Hampshire hockey rink, a gay bishop skates into Episcopal history.
How many one true religions can dance on the head of a pin?
The Catholic Church gets a makeover in Boston — but how deep does it go?
Pogroms, plagues, Jesus books… ‘Tis the season.
War. Huh. Good God, y’all. What is it good for? Depends on who you ask.