sinners and saints
Sinners and saints
The Supreme Love and Revolutionary Funk of Dr. Cornel West, Philosopher of the Blues
(A version of this article first appeared in the May 28, 2009 Rolling Stone.) Cornel West is a slender man, but he hugs like a sumo wrestler: crouch, grab, wrap and squeeze. “I want to love everybody,” West tells me not long after he greets me at his Princeton University office with a bear hug…
Rocking out to hymns and ordaining gay pastors: an interview with Lutheran singer-songwriter Jonathan Rundman.
The Colorful Apocalypse
What does it take to be an “outsider artist”? Brushes, paint, and revelation.
The Marquis de Sade and St. Valentine
The Marquis de Sade, sexual liberator or sexual deviant? And St. Valentine, patron saint of lovers and the original international man of mystery.
Charles Keating and St. Cecelia
Charles Keating, one of the masterminds behind the Savings & Loan rip-off of the 1980s, and St. Cecelia, patroness of musicians.
Do the Right Thing, Damn It
America’s leading theologian on laying bricks and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Save Me Somebody: Bruce Springsteen’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Covenant
The Boss will take you to the river if you help him get there.