The Poem of Force

Some time ago, a dear friend shared with me a photocopy of some sections of Simone Weil’s essay The Iliad or The Poem of Force. I remember being haunted by…

Killing the Buddha

Also, the Crucifixion Was Really Just a Carpentry Mishap

Arguing against hate crimes legislation that would protect queer folks, Representative Virginia Foxx (R., NC) says that Matthew Shepard was simply the victim of a robbery gone wrong, and that…


Jesus Killed Mohammed

The crusade for a Christian military.

Russian nun

Hands Across the Water

A Russian nun and her impossible song, in an excerpt from Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead.

drawing by colorpix.be

Kung Fu Dharma

The journey from Vipassana to Kickyourassana.

The Ten Plagues, detail


A Passover reading from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

Shoah Memorial,  Jerusalem

The Hazards of Holocaust Theology

Transcending history is a tricky business, even for Elie Wiesel.