reviews and commentary
11 Questions: IRL by Chris Stedman
IRL takes the shame out of our dependence on the internet and helps us imagine new kinds of consolation and community for a fragmented and sometimes lonely world.
11 Questions: Beyond the Synagogue by Rachel B. Gross
Rachel B. Gross’s engrossing new book looks “beyond the synagogue” to find religious practice in museums, restaurants, and children’s books. Through years of wide-ranging travel, conversations, and reading, Rachel has written a book that has so much to tell us not just about Jewish experiences and identities in the US but about what nostalgia is…
11 Questions: The Secret Life of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
“My mother made a peach cobbler so good, it made God himself cheat on his wife.”
“Go, be confined inside your house!” Pandemic parallels stretch back as far as the sixth century BCE, when even the prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah were restricted to their homes during their ministry.
Getting to the Good Place
Can moral philosophy get Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani to the Good Place, or do we need to talk, first, about salvation?
Why do some of us have to witness and bear the destruction of a world—a destruction that we did not make?
Remember That the Devil Is Quite A Gentleman
There’s a long history of calling people the devil. It doesn’t usually turn out well.
Zombies and Guns
When did a movie monster become a reason for purchasing weapons? An excerpt from The Zombies Are Coming.