Killing the Buddha

Do You Believe Oil Is Lighter Than Love?

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has engineers scrambling, environmentalists screaming through their tears, biologists getting their rubber gloves and cleaning supplies ready, the military finally being put…

Photo by the author.

Why I Am Not a Mystic

When the love of God isn’t the right kind of love.

Cornel West in Examined Life.

Cornel West: Truth

A drive through Manhattan with a jazzman in the world of ideas crammed in the back seat.

By egor.gribanov via Flickr

A Meaningful Story

From Essential Stories: God, Love, Death, Joy, Suffering, Beauty.

"between the sheets" by ***j9*** via Flickr


From Essential Stories: What is the essence of being?

All photos by Katherine Wright.

Why We Hunt

Lost in the crosshairs, the gun was a little too big and the hunter a little too small.

By W. David Powell


This is what you do when you love someone. Not just like. Only if you’re in love.

"Burma is a dangerous place! I know, I saw Beyond Rangoon!"

Motherly Love

Thus spoke Buddha’s mother: Fine, fine, be enlightened. But would it kill you to call now and then?

"It's Easter-time. They sell these at the drugstore."

Easter at the Jewish Ritual Bath, 1962

A tale of love, loss and submersion.

A bushel and a peck.


Chew on this. How do we keep our faith when the sun, like love, abandons us?

"Ian is baptised," from My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Baptism

It’s all Greek to them. Sacraments are just obstacles when a family’s tradition is at stake.

The Origin of the World Gustave Coubert, 1866 (detail)


Art that redeems the world appears at first ugly. But look. Look again.


Kafka in Love

College reunions, marriage proposals, and other trials that make you buggy.

In the running in Manhattan.

Sects and the City, Part 3

If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere: Love in a time of grim reality.

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.

Love Me Do

Love Me Do

A meditation on love songs and the rhetoric of True Love.


Sects and the City, Part 2

Kosher sex and treyf love: Is dating just another way of mixing milk and meat?


Sects and the City, Part 1

Candace Bushnell meets Anne Frank in Sex and the City of God.