Scott Korb

Islam, Meet Scott Korb

It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating Scott Korb’s last book, Life in Year One (don’t miss the fantastic cover on the upcoming paperback edition!), but he’s already hard at work on a new one. At a time when tensions around Islam in the United States have never been higher, Korb is reporting on…

Blessed John Henry Newman.

Blessed John Henry’s Religious Opinions

Saints are not literary men.

The Gospel According to Superman

The Gospel Not According to Superman

I was tricked; John T. Galloway, Jr. pulled a fast one. He opens The Gospel of Superman (1973) with a galvanizing statement of purpose: “It is not my intent in this book to find the gospel in Superman. Rather I seek to find the gospel where it can best be found—in scripture and in the…


Let Freedom Wring

I didn’t know it was Banned Books Week when I attended the discussion on Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at the school library last night. Nor had I read the book, though it seemed worth supporting. Heck, anything that gets my 19-year-old welding and construction students to…

"Turn Left" by manitoon via Flickr.

What’s Left?

Daniel Schultz parses a political theology.

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Jesus Died For This? Hits The Road

Buddha-killer Becky Garrison has two upcoming events coming up to celebrate her new book, Jesus Died for This? A Satirist’s Search for the Risen Christ: Episcopal Village-East Event (Baltimore, MD) Book launch for “Starting from Zero with 0$ and leading a workshop September 24-25, 2010 http://episcopalvillage.org/ Becky Garrison: Jesus Died for This? Conversation and Dessert…

Killing the Buddha

“The famous, as we know, are nuts.”

Read “moving” and can’t get enough of Eileen Myles? Wanna know how to honor a dead poet and how to get hate mail that persists for a quarter century? (HINT: You can do both at once!) Yup, that’s the rockstar book trailer for Inferno (a poet’s novel), which is available only from OR Books, the…

First Baptist Church at Greene Street at Eigth Street in Augusta, Georgia, birthplace of the Southern Baptist Convention. Photo by Sir Mildred Pierce, via Flickr.

All Part of His Plan

A new book bears witness to Baptist sexual abuse.

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Jesus Died for This? Book Launch & Potluck

You’ve read the excerpt from Becky Garrison‘s new book—now go to the upcoming release party! The location alone makes it not to be missed—a radical Christian community in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Here’s the info from Becky: Jesus Died for This? (Book Launch & Potluck!) Date: August 28, 2010 Time: 4pm-7pm Location: Radical Living, 32 Hart Street,…

God may not have appeared to Mother Theresa, but He needs to promote His book.

“Jesus” for Sale

Cutting the Christian cheese at Book Expo America.

Killing the Buddha

Come to Us, Little Booklings

Killing the Buddha is almost ten years old, and we’re planning a party. More about that soon. Right now, we’re not as interested in our baby as in its cousins and pals—we’d like to make a list of (and promote at the party) all the books related to KtB. Some are offspring—our first pamphlet, Lydia…

Eat Pray Love

Unseen Movie/Unread Book Review: Eat Pray Love

I recently saw a commercial for the movie Eat Pray Love. I said, “This is the sort of thing that makes me embarrassed to be a white lady, just like Sex and the City does.” Because Julia Roberts is all oh man, I’ve been too busy with husbands and life partners to find out who…

Killing the Buddha

Does Science Need Religion?

When one is out to study religion, or to cover the religion beat, it can be awfully tempting to see religion everywhere you look as the all-satisfying explanation for everything. It’s the whole if-you-have-a-hammer-everything-looks-like-a-nail effect, right? Today at Religion Dispatches I’ve got a review of the new book by Steve Fuller, a rather audacious and…

The Living Cain

Conklin Knows About Dogs

The first review of the Killing the Buddha pamphlet The Living Cain has just appeared over at Optical Sloth. It begins, actually, with some warm words about KtB itself: Before I get to the comic, I wanted to relay to you the mission statement of the publisher, Killing the Buddha, because it’s fascinating: “…an online…

The Rage Against God

A Kinder, Gentler Hitchens

When I picked up a review copy of Peter Hitchen’s Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, I half expected some of the same vitriol I found in his older brother Christopher’s bestseller God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. But whereas Christopher goes for the jugular by challenging his opponents to…


The Memory Theater, Revisited

Late last year, I published the sketch of an essay here called “Don’t Take Away My Memory Theater.” The feedback that came in the comments from you readers was enough to encourage me to try developing the ideas in it even more. Now, finally, a much-extended version has been published by the good people at…

The Living Cain

Dancing with Dogs! Raising Cain!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 8 – 12 pm Nook & Cranny Backyard Box 194 S. 2nd Street, Brooklyn, New York Optional $10 – pamphlet & open bar / 1 free bar ticket per dog Tired of leaving the old pooch at home when you go out? Here’s your chance to bring ’em along for the…

My God

Mel’s God

My God by Mel Calman New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1971 I know. I’ll pitch a book of my little drawings of God thinking about funny things… yes… very simple line drawings with wry captions… oh, what’s that? Sigh. Mel Calman beat my ass to it. Sigh. English cartoonist Mel Calman’s “look at…