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Mary Gaitskill’s Private Theology

William Deresiewicz offers a damning assessment of one of my favorite contemporary authors, Mary Gaitskill, in The Nation. The problem, he says, is religion. Gaitskill has always been a religiously…

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Philosophy Can Get YOU on TV

On an email list I just got this announcement. Finally all that hard philosophical thinking might pay off for some of you: ABC’s WIFE SWAP CASTING PHILOSOPHICAL THINKERS FOR PRIMETIME…

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Mark Twain’s Eden

When I was little, one of my favorite movies was The Adventures of Mark Twain, a claymation video that wove together bits and pieces from some favorite Twain stories. I…

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happy earth day, world.

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal…

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World Communism is Mystery Babylon the Enemy of God!

A delightful pair of letters came from “steve” today. They’re enormous expositions against communism and for the theocratic character of the United States. Needless to say, there are plenty of…

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Eye Floaters as Shining Structure of Consciousness

We just received an announcement about a wild new book that may interest some of you wackos out there. You know those funny little lines and dots that float in…

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Upcoming Events, TV

This weekend, you can wind up your shabbat, warm up for church, get ready to party, or nurse a hangover with a KtB-related panel discussion! On Saturday, April 18, at…

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Upcoming Events, NYC

This Friday, April 17th at 7:00 pm, Jayanti Tamm reads from her new book, Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult, at The Mercantile Library, 17 East…

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A Crook for Souls

Today I arrived in Wyoming to visit a dear friend. On the way, while in what she approvingly called “the Wyoming part of Colorado,” we passed the Benedictine Abbey of…

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Truly It is a Good Friday

Chemo and pulling ivy are far preferable to incense, stations and kissing the cold feet of Jesus.

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The Tweets of the Christ

I’ve got a new little piece at Religion Dispatches this morning about last Friday’s Twitter passion play hosted by Trinity Church, that ancient place located at the top of Wall…

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Happy Easter from Cornel West

Every religious tradition has been tied into various forms of domination and subjugation. Every religious tradition has been manipulated and bastardized by elites to try to control believers. At the…

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A Vegan Fast

Christos anesti. Over the years I’ve used the season of Lent as a sort of laboratory for experiments with truth. Perhaps that’s not the most properly penitential way to go…

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Happy JewBu Day

Today’s a big day. At sunset, Passover begins (stay tuned for a special piece publishing at that very moment!). And in Japan, it’s the Buddha’s birthday. What a wonderful coincidence…

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A Conversation with Peter for $10

Yesterday Religion News Service published a feature interview with Peter Manseau, KtB co-founder and, most recently, author of Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead (check out…

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How to Give Alms

Let’s start with some exegesis. Matthew 6:2-4. Go. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the…

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The Pleasure of the Text

Jean-Luc Marion, at the outset of God without Being: One must admit that theology, of all writing, certainly causes the greatest pleasure. During the year of my becoming a Catholic,…

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Ars Moriendi

“To study philosophy,” wrote the French essayist Montaigne, “is to learn how to die.” In medieval times, particularly as the Black Death spread through Europe, the art of dying—ars moriendi—became…