Out of Orthodoxy

New books map the space between Chasidism and the outside world.

Killing the Buddha

I Need Less Cynicism and Not More

Mr. Richard G. Evans wrote in today to cancel his subscription to the KtB mailing list, and with it, gave his reasons, in reference to our current feature by Nicholas Laccetti, “Let There Be (the Painter of) Light™“: The Thomas Kinkade critique put me over the edge frankly.  How anyone could find evil in his…

"SUBURBAN UTOPIA - Jefferson, Ohio" by  joiseyshowaa, via Flickr.

Car Culture Audio

The purposeless driven life of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.

Killing the Buddha

KtB: Above Deepak Chopra

TJ Vazquez writes: I just wanted to say that I think KtB is amazing. I saw Believer, Beware at Barnes and Noble. It was hilarious to me that in the intro Jeff Sharlet cracks a joke about being shelved near Deepak Chopra and that’s exactly where I found your new book: right above his. I…

MinusIroner via Flickr

Religious Education

A Catholic mother’s faith made genuine by doubt.

Photo by _Olga_ on Flickr

We Knew Nothing Then

We knew nothing but that we must do as told, that no harm would come to us. We knew we were working towards peace, and we moved everyone off the atoll. Thatch houses, outriggers, everything that was left behind was burnt. Then, for 23 days we did nothing but swam, ate ice cream, slept in…