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Uggs for Gaza

Uggs for Gaza

“After a few drinks, Mitch gleaned that Rafe and Joey were “just friends,” which he found encouraging. Less encouraging—downright puzzling, really—was when the conversation turned to environmental concerns, or their version of them. Rafe was dating a girl who studied the effects of secondhand smoke on cats. Joey’s niece just had a particular kind of…

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Ashley Wednesday

“I go to Mass early, start the day laden with the strangeness of being a Christian, of being part of this we who celebrate death and resurrection. After the ashes, Communion. After the bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, it’s a relief to move on to bran flakes and coffee. But you’ve…

Killing the Buddha

Link Roundup: Men of God, Not Ladies of God

Ruth Gledhill writes in Christian Today that Anglican priest Philip North, who will be soon be consecrated as a bishop, is planning to break CoE tradition by refusing to let some of the other bishops present lay hands on him at the ceremony. The reason? He doesn’t want hands that laid on now-Bishop Libby North…

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Wednesday Winkses

Good mornings! Time for your Wednesday Winkses on this wainy days! Sorry, sometimes I dictate to my dog, Ginger, and I always wegrets regret it. Fwankwies, sometimes I just don’t have time to type all this stuff. I fink I catches most of her dogspeaks, though. Happy Diwali! India’s festival of lights has many trawditions…

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Believer, Beware! Resurrected

Believer, Beware is now available for the first time as an e-book! The 2009 anthology of the best of the first incarnation of KtB features irreverent yet heartbreaking personal essays from some of our favorite writers, including Jeff Sharlet, Peter Manseau, Laurel Snyder, Stephen Prothero, Patton Dodd, and Mary Valle. See the full list below.…

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Buy Buddha-killing Books!

So we’re not big on holiday themed lists at KtB, but we promise this one’s for a worthy cause: our contributors! Many of the excellent writers who have published here also came out with books this year, and we think they all make excellent gifts. But, as they used to say on Reading Rainbow, you…

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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…

The Singing Nun Story

Nuns are People Too

I am rarely moved to tears by prose. Put on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg or cue up “Space Oddity” by David Bowie and you will be guaranteed a few of them, if that’s what you want. You probably don’t. But when reading does cause me to cry, it’s somehow more real. It hurts. I can…

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Sin and Sainthood on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, the KtBniks have unearthed a gem (or, for the sake of terminological consistency, a bone, a shroud, a hair…) from the dusty shelves of the KtB reliquary.  Check out “The Marquis de Sade and St. Valentine,” your one-stop source for Valentine’s Day sin and sanctity. Forgot to buy your loved one a…

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!

Buddha-Killing on Network TV

My good husband brought this to my attention. In this recent episode of Fringe, Pacey from Dawson’s Creek gives the book If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! to the Nordicly blond FBI agent he works with on supernatural cases, and, apparently, does not have sex with for some stupid TV-reason. You…

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Truth-ing Mythology

There’s this passage toward the end of the all-important book XII of Aristotle’s Metaphysics that I keep coming back to, one of those bits that reaches out of its antiquity and walks among us. Book XII is where Aristotle’s account of the world beyond physics reaches up from the chains of causes acting on causes…

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We’re All Gay Now!

The recent spate of bullying of gay and possibly gay children—to the point of multiple suicides—called my attention to the use of the word “gay.” It’s still quite frequently heard as a synonym for “uncool.” I think this needs to be dismantled ASAP, not only for the physical and mental health of our children and…

The Gospel According to Superman

The Gospel Not According to Superman

I was tricked; John T. Galloway, Jr. pulled a fast one. He opens The Gospel of Superman (1973) with a galvanizing statement of purpose: “It is not my intent in this book to find the gospel in Superman. Rather I seek to find the gospel where it can best be found—in scripture and in the…

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Coloring is Praying Thrice

I have trouble getting to sleep for a variety of reasons. Last night I’d exhausted all my options: the hot bath, the candle, the sex, the physician-prescribed benzos; this is where I usually pick up a book (either a Gothic or a Lives of the Saints) and read it out. But that wasn’t even working…

Mary's Tiny Blog

Tiny Blogger

Recently unearthed: my religion notebook from third grade. My husband left it on top of my desk with a note attached that said “This explains a lot.” Here’s just a sample: The Parable of the Dancing. In it, we see hints of my later struggles with my behavior. Don’t do bad things, Future Mary, I’m…

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Four is the Loneliest Number

You never know what you’re going to find once you put on your miner’s helmet and head into the KtB stacks. Sometimes, you strike gold. As in this bona fide relic from Catholic rock history: Yes! It’s Tommy Brew’s change-of-address card from his so-called “lost years” at the Loyola Retreat House! Tommy Brew, a cult…

Abbess of Crewe

O Felix Culpa!

Here’s a fun read for troubled times, fellow People of God (and everyone else)! Dame Muriel Spark’s 1974 novel, The Abbess of Crewe, is a tart tale of a Catholic abbey in England where traditional ways are adhered to in the face of recent conciliar reforms (observing the offices and Matins and Lauds at midnight…

My God

Mel’s God

My God by Mel Calman New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1971 I know. I’ll pitch a book of my little drawings of God thinking about funny things… yes… very simple line drawings with wry captions… oh, what’s that? Sigh. Mel Calman beat my ass to it. Sigh. English cartoonist Mel Calman’s “look at…