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Interview with Krys Lee

Interview with Krys Lee

  TOM LUTZ: Can we start by talking about your debut story collection, Drifting House? KRYS LEE: Drifting House started as a small group of stories and I didn’t actually see it as a co...

The Beautiful, Awful Game of Football

The Beautiful, Awful Game of Football

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO completed his Confessions at the close of the fourth century. In this deeply personal account, the first autobiography in the Western tradition, he recounts his love for his friend ...

Solar Wisdom

Solar Wisdom

IT IS NOT very common that a work of philosophy that deals with beauty is itself beautifully written. David E. Cooper’s Sunlight on the Sea: Reflecting on Reflections is one such work. The author’...

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

The Resurrection of God in Cinema

IN 1898, CAMERAMAN William Dickson trailed Pope Leo XIII around the Vatican grounds, documenting a series of vignettes of his activities. The Roman Catholic leader walked, rode in a carriage, and sat ...

Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days

MANY CONSERVATIVE cultural critics look back to the 1950s as America’s Golden Age, the last decade of cultural consensus before Selma, the pill, Vietnam, and other uglinesses that, in the 1960s, se...

The Timely History of a Timeless Story

The Timely History of a Timeless Story

ONE SUMMER DAY in the 1980s, like many a rebellious minister’s kid looking to get a laugh from irreverence, I used my Bible as a skateboard to glide across the carpet at Vacation Bible School. I...

The Journalist and the Victim

The Journalist and the Victim

WRITERS OF NONFICTION crime stories, as opposed to their counterparts in fiction, face a very specific problem: how to write about victims. In a murder case, by definition, you can never interview the...

On Defending Mike Diana

On Defending Mike Diana

MIKE DIANA has become the stuff of lore: on March 29, 1994, a jury in Pinellas County, Florida, found the comics creator guilty of three counts of obscenity. He was sentenced to undergo several punish...

The Limits of Muslim Liberalism

The Limits of Muslim Liberalism

IN HIS semi-fictional account of Barbary Coast Pirate Utopias, Peter Lamborn Wilson traces the unwritten dissident history of a communion of outsiders — heterodox Muslims and Christian renegades. Un...

The Decline of the Revival

The Decline of the Revival

TO THE PERPLEXITY of many nonbelievers, the United States remains a stubbornly religious nation. While much of the developed world, especially Western Europe, charts an ever more secular course, large...

Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

LITTLE MORE than two years ago, Western pundits were all '48ers — 1848ers, that is. The events on which we slapped the label “Arab Spring” seemed to be our century’s iteration of the “Spring...

The Multiverse in a Flat Circle

The Multiverse in a Flat Circle

I LEARNED about the possibility of the multiverse the same way lots of people did: from William Shatner. It happened well before I was born, in October 1967. Captain Kirk was in trouble.  He and his...

The Return of the Repressed

The Return of the Repressed

THIS IS AN ODD TIME in history to be reading and discussing theology. On the one hand, Richard Dawkins — a rock star, if atheists ever had one — avers with the utmost confidence that no sane, educ...