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On Gratitude

But there was love, love, love,
dripping from our hands.
We both gripped the sharp edge,
and it was painful

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Poems for the Cruelest Month

All of the intensity and unpredictability of this season, the surges of hope and terror, the stirring of memory and desire—word images, symbols, and sounds arranged in rhythm, engaged in elegy and mystery may be our best bet for helping us hold it all.

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Stranger Prayer

Until the pandemic hit, I hadn’t prayed in nearly two decades.

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11 Questions: Martha Moody by Susan Stinson

Buttery. Corporal. Reverent.

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The Pope and Selfishness: Contradictions and Fictions

It was a record-scratching, “hold up, wait a minute” moment a few days ago when Pope Francis, who had just a couple of weeks back told Catholics that they don’t need to “breed like rabbits,” followed that up by stating that “the choice not to have children is selfish.” KtB editor Mary K. Valle and…

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Evidence of Your Journey

From our new e-book,Oh God Oh God Oh God: Essays on Sex and Religion, available now!

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Bindrune

It is the most important spell I will ever cast.

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The Niagara River

An excerpt from the novel High As The Horses’ Bridles, published this week by Henry Holt.

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Cowboy for Christ

Gender-bending love at Bible camp. From Believer, Beware, now available as an e-book!

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Paper Hearts

I resent that it is necessary to clarify my religious beliefs before I will be invited for coffee.

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Love is an Animal Thing

Barbara King’s new book How Animals Grieve raises questions about grief, and its emotional corollary, love, for humans too.

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From Iran With Love

The live-action film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Chicken with Plums opens today  in New York (showtimes here) and August 31st in LA. The film may be set in Tehran circa 1958, with flashbacks back to the 1930s and ahead to 1990. But the casting of French, Italian, and other European actors to portray Iranians,…

Occupy Wall Street in Washington Square Park on October 8, by Darwin Yamamoto, via Flickr.

Mic Checked

How Occupy Wall Street occupies your heart.

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Is Any Thing Too Hard for the Lord?

Love is a straight path—with traffic.

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Sin and Sainthood on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, the KtBniks have unearthed a gem (or, for the sake of terminological consistency, a bone, a shroud, a hair…) from the dusty shelves of the KtB reliquary.  Check out “The Marquis de Sade and St. Valentine,” your one-stop source for Valentine’s Day sin and sanctity. Forgot to buy your loved one a…

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Muddy Modern Love

A new testament from Zora Neale Hurston.

Still from the movie "Ghost," with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze (1990).

The Sexologist’s Secret

What a radical Victorian feminist really knew about love.

Photo by CS Muncy.

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“People were getting auctioned up on stage but I didn’t see anything I wanted nor did I think I should be for sale.”