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Ash Wednesday Already

How’s a girl supposed to go about mourning in a world like this?

Young Lovers

Where’s the Love?

Indian canoodling couples face the wrath of the Sri Ram Sene.

Killing the Buddha

Happy Darwin Day

We got a request this week to do something to celebrate Darwin Day here at KtB. Nothing was really planned, but it does give us the opportunity to do a…



An open apology to Sarah Palin. Really.


My Skyhawk Guardian Angel

What happens when Jesus is the victim of a hit and run?

Killing the Buddha

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

Yes, we know that it is also Rosh Hashanah, but we’ve published so much already about the Jewish High Holidays that we thought it was time to blow another new…

Saint Nicholas

Behind the Santa Suit

Lost in Yonkers with Old Saint Nick.

"When I finally recognize his costume, I smile, shake my head, and say, 'Look at you!'"

Prime Directive

This Halloween, how about wearing a truly monstrous costume? A haunting excerpt from A Good War is Hard to Find

"The images dissolve into each other..."

For God and Country

When an outsider goes to church on the Fourth of July, fireworks follow.

"The songs seem to come from somewhere ancient and strange."

Four Tables

A Passover story of family and wine from Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes.

A man and his ram blow in the new year.

Blow Your Own Horn

How do you make a shofar? And more importantly, can a tranny blow one?

"I began to pray for forgiveness, thinking the cherries might line up, the machine spilling shiny tokens of good fate."

Slot-Machine God

When beliefs can change as easily as the weather, so do your chances of hitting the jackpot — or experiencing revelation.

Piss Christ (detail), Andre Serano, 1989

His So-Called Life

Pogroms, plagues, Jesus books… ‘Tis the season.

"My one-girl betrayal of the Catholic community was something I kept to myself."

Oh Come On, All Ye Faithful

A Christmas story about lost faith and the routine of prayer.


Torah Studies

In the midst of celebration, a mother reconsiders a tale of failed reconciliation.

Klaus Kinski in "Marquis de Sade: Justine"

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.

Poppa needs a new pair of shoes.

Holy Rollers

An after-Christmas story of dice, death, and love at the craps table.