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The Times We’re Living In

Trying times are liminal times; they’re not meant to be a new normal. When we’re in one, we only know what came before and what we’re facing; we cannot know, yet, what comes next.


The Endless Watch

On fighting complacency in America.


The Myth of the Ground Zero Cross

When I first heard that a 17-foot cross-like structure was discovered by a construction worker in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, I was too busy feeding first responders…

Seeing Ourselves 9-11-01

Seeing Ourselves

Editor’s note: Five years ago, early on the morning of September 11, 2001, I was riding a bus through Boston, reading a piece recently submitted to Killing the Buddha. I…

Members of the Kurdish militia listen to a radio as President Bush's deadline expires.

Shock and Awe, Fear and Trembling

War. Huh. Good God, y’all. What is it good for? Depends on who you ask.

"He could no longer be certain whether he was a man dreaming he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man."

Persistence of Memory

Can we mourn for those who aren’t dead?

What is the sound of one man falling?

Fear of Falling

When terror strikes, what matters more — faith, or a weapon?

Bird in Space, 1923 Constantin Brancusi

Raw at Creation

What is the point of examining the soul in a time of fire?

Killing the Buddha

Silent Prayers

Why the state should not pray on September 11th.

Gibson's Reverend Hess: "I will not waste one more minute of my life on prayer!"

Signs of the Father

Has God been reduced to cinematic sleights-of-hand?

In the running in Manhattan.

Sects and the City, Part 3

If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere: Love in a time of grim reality.

The Tribute in Light

Unbearable Lightness

Lingering ghosts and bright ideas at Ground Zero.

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Sins of the City

The Buddha Killers preach fire and brimstone against those who would make the city clean.

"War birds of the Irish, come to remind us they are hungry for eyes."

A Mantra for the Mujahedeen

How do you pray for an enemy?



In God’s waiting room with a nation of unbaptized babies.

Ali in the Ring

Muhammad Speaks

Cassius Clay vs. Osama bin Laden: A fight for the American idea of Islam.


Waking Up

Zen and the art of running from a crumbling tower.

The World Trade Center, September 11, 2001

The Beginning, or the End?

After 9-11, nothing will be the same — including one mother’s faith.