Dear Flannery

Letters to friends, God, and Ms. O’Connor. Republished in honor of Briallen’s first book, Hard To Love: Essays And Confessions, out today from Bloomsbury.

Letter to USPS.

DO NOT Close It

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Scientist Pushback

Morgan Meis’s piece “Religion Island” has riled up the scientists. From the mailbag, here’s theod / usa: This is an extremely silly & ignorant meme. Scientists are busy discovering/codifying/organizing new…

Scott's iPad.

Fan Art!

Blogging can be a lonely job. Sometimes I feel my words blowing through cyberspace like little pixellated tumbleweeds. Or I’ll be tweeting away, thinking “Why am I writing this stuff?…

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A Debate Not for the Faint of Foreskin

Okay, here goes. Ready? The length of what follows should make this obvious: gird your loins. “Barefoot Intactivist,” from New York, wrote in last week about Gordon Haber’s ever-controversial essay…

Protest in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, by dbking, via Flickr.

Our Sons’ Willies

As expected, we’ve gotten a lot of mail about Gordon Haber’s circumcision essay, “Uncovered.” People get worked up about penises. Let’s start positive. Jessie Bennett, from Boston, writes: I’m just…

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What Does Eric Scott Really Believe?

Eric Scott’s recent essay on KtB, “Valhal-Mart,” keeps arousing controversy. First, it was his alleged insensitivity to how Hollywood treats Christianity. Now, his own pagan religious beliefs are under attack. Buddha-killer Alex…

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A Sin One Way or Another

Megan from California writes the following in response to Hillary White’s essay, “Cutting it Out”: I’m wondering if Hillary White is my “less active” (Mormon term for those who have…

Mary, you left <em>this</em>in the conference room. Get a hold of yourself.

The Douthat Obsession

From the KtB inbox this morning: Dear Killing the Buddha, We have noticed some suspicious internet activity on the part of subject Mary Valle. We observed that she clicked on…

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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…


King’s Students Respond

We’ve already been receiving a flurry of letters responding to Jonathan D. Fitzgerald’s essay about The King’s College in the Empire State Building, “Whose College?” Reid Rogers, in Auburn, Alabama,…

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Reverend Phelps, Your Cause Is Just!

Occasionally KtB just can’t resist sharing its space with some of the wild letter-writers we hear from on a regular basis. They, after all, are part of the cacophony choir,…

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A Very Frustrated Man

From the KtB inbox, courtesy of Jim Long of Arkansas: Gordan Haber [sic] is a very frustrated man. That frustration came through loud and clear when he heard my own…


In Defense of Tears

In a letter responding to Alexander Zaitchik’s “Brother Beck Presents,” Jenean McBrearty offers a defense of Glenn Beck’s tear dots: While some, mostly elites, frown on public displays of emotion…

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Master Mikal

A wonderful note came in from Kansas City yesterday: The story “Hrafspa” by Eric Scott moved me to tears.  Master Mikal was friend for many, many years.  This is the…

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Inspiring Sanity

Letters still coming in about Stephen Prothero’s piece Why I Am Not A Mystic. This from Kevin in Colorado: Stephen Prothero’s reflections “Why I’m not a Mystic” are beautiful. Thanks…

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“Non-believing” Pastor Really Believes

“Rick,” one of the pseudonymous “non-believing” pastors discussed in D click here aniel Silliman’s “Faithful Apostasy,” wrote in to cheer Dan on for his fierce response to the original report…


Calvary Altarpiece

For the most part, we had a lot of fun hearing from our readers about their altarpieces for the “What’s on Your Shelf?” collection, which goes up on the site…