Killing the Buddha

Tea Party: a Nation of Islam for White People?

Jenean McBrearty offers a response to JoAnn Wypijewski’s “Outside a Tea Party“: While in graduate school in the 1980s, I was often alone in empty halls after undergrads had left.…

"Tea Party tax day protest 2010" by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr.

Outside a Tea Party

Mongrel politics and an American mind.

iPhone photo by the author.

Flag Day: Keshena, WI

Not two weeks ago in Kyle, SD, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, a woman caught me looking at an image of a red, white, and blue tipi drawn onto a…

Tiger Woods at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

The end of the world and Tiger Woods.

Jason Castro on American Idol: "Praise Yahweh."

A Cold and a Broken “Hallelujah”

Leonard Cohen’s song, baptized by American Idol.

Glenn Beck in tears.

Brother Beck Presents

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater.

The Sagemont Church cross.

Everything Will Fall into Place

Remaking Houston, one giant cross at a time.


Heresy Is a Cradle

Anne Hutchinson’s “No in Thunder.”

"Lost" season four promotional image.

Against Closure

Why television’s Lost should resist the urge to tell all.

"Spiritualism sign, College Street, Toronto" by gruntzooki via Flickr

Into the Weird

Mitch Horowitz unleashes America’s occult past.

"Westboro Baptist Church outside ADL offices" by k763 via Flickr

The Magnetic Poetry of Fred Phelps

How a onetime civil rights lawyer learned that God hates fags.


Liquid Faith

Down the road from the Smucker’s factory, a new religion emerges in the living rooms of Latinos in America.

Killing the Buddha

Just Toss the Used Ones on the Floor

“They said they went after girls with low self-esteem, prior sexual experience and a lack of options.” America: land of the free home of the brave mass incubator of potential…

Killing the Buddha

Bring Us Your Loud, Your Brash, Your Foolish

In response to John D. Boy’s piece, Icons of the New Evangelicalism, this morning, Bruce Illig writes in: Mr. Boy, I think it would be a grave mistake to assume…

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Baby Stealers

Buddha killer Kathryn Joyce presents a chilling story in this week’s Nation: “Shotgun Adoption,” an investigation of the use of anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” to coerce unmarried pregnant women into…

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Will Mormons Preserve American Civilization?

Inspired by a hint from Mormon sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card, Josh Levin has a piece at Slate suggesting that Mormonism might be for American culture what the Catholic Church…



An illicit afternoon hike on a sunny day. What could go wrong? A short story from KtB’s new contributing editor.

Bud Fields in his cotton patch. Hale County, Alabama. Walker Evans, 1935.

A Taste of the Old (New?) World

Emails from my ex-boyfriend rarely include any of his own words. Instead, he forwards messages that originate from another friend of ours without so much as a word of introduction.…