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Unspun

I join Chris Hedges and General Brent Scowcroft as a talking head for Al Jazeera’s new documentary news program, Faultlines, about religion in the military. I was invited to be…

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Religion from the Inside Out

Ok, it’s just an Amazon review, but it’s the who rather than the what that makes this response to our book, Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith…

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Who’s Blocking the Buddha?

A friend has just returned from China and informed me that this site is blocked there. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, although I don’t know how that fits…

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Believer, Beware in Transit

Inhaling (silent) thank, exhaling (silent) you, inhaling (silent) help, exhaling (silent) us.  I do this meditation with my back straight, hands to lap, feet to ground—centering myself in seat 54C,…

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Joining the Family

I’m the black sheep of an academic family — my father is a retired Sovietologist, my sister a scholar of Arabic literature, my brother-in-law an Ottomanist, my wife an American…

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Jeff Sharlet’s The Family

I imagine the site will get some traffic today from fans of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” on which I’m a guest on today’s program to discuss my book

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The Answer: A Fine Evening for All

Believer, Beware has birthed into the world, with a holy wail and wicked laughter and much libation, which Merriam-Webster reminds us is “an act of pouring a liquid as a…

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The Metaphysics of Anxiety

An insightful note came in today from one Michael Bush, referring to the first phrase of our Manifesto, “Killing the Buddha is a religion magazine for people made anxious by…

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Corpse Posing to ‘Beat It’

Some of my best thoughts have happened when I was supposed to be emptying my mind. Like yesterday, lying on my back, limbs limp, ankles and shoulders trying to relax…

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Transient Vapors

When I got home, when I got the camera, when I jumped out onto the fire escape to take a picture, it looked like this. This is all that was…

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You Said the N-word!

We knew that publishing Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou’s “Gays Are the New Niggers” would make some waves. It came to us, in fact, because others (perhaps rightly) were reluctant to…

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Michael Jackson, Mark Sanford, & the Synagogue of Satan

After ignoring the most politically influential religious group in Washington for decades, the Washington Post is going big with the revelation that randy Republicans Mark Sanford and John Ensign both…

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KtB on Air America Today

Looking for some convenient procrastination device to entertain you during this afternoon’s lull? Today at 3 pm, KtBniks Jeff Sharlet and Meera Subramanian will be on Air America’s live webcast…

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“A complex, fascinating collection, full of surprises.”

The upcoming issue of Booklist will feature a great review of Believer, Beware, the new KtB anthology in stores now. “A complex, fascinating collection, full of surprises.” “many of the…

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When God Created Pigeons

When God created pigeons he probably thought: Man needs a flying crap vacuum as he reached down into his big bag of rocks and took his Bubbalicious bubblegum out of…

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Now You Have to Come to Our Party

The Believer, Beware release party, on June 29th, is listed in Time Out New York and The L. Now there’s no excuse. We’re also told that all these gossip bloggers…

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Science & Religion: Still Not Settled

A psychologist, an astrophysicist, and, um, a “neurotheologist” take the stage in a Brooklyn art gallery, alongside donation-priced beer, to talk about science and religion. That should about cover the…

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Pony Up, KtB!

Powell Holloway wrote to us late last night with some thoughts about my post on anti-cult press releases at the Dallas Morning News religion blog. Best to read that first…