The Case Against Literature As Moral Education

The other day, Corey Robin, author of The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin, eviscerated Christopher Hitchens over two morally dubious comments he made. Robin concluded from them that, contrary to his reputation, Hitchens was not at all an internationalist but rather “a narcissist, the most provincial spirit of all”. Robin ended his post quoting [Read More...]

3 Jesus Christs And A Shrink With A God Complex: On Ariadne Blayde's "Go Down Into Silence"

Last night I saw a terrific college play, based very loosely on the premise of a real life 1950s experiment in which three delusional psychiatric patients who each believed they were Jesus Christ were made to live together to see whether it could break their delusions. Before I share my reactions to the play, here [Read More...]

As I Watch Laura Marling Perform

I got very lucky and my one Wednesday night off this semester (and one of my only week nights off period this semester) coincides (tonight) with the genius Laura Marling’s one trip to New York City on her fall tour for her fantastic new album, A Creature I Don’t Know. I am about to head out [Read More...]

Parrot (A Short Atheist Film)

A 20 minute Australian short film about a closeted atheist wants to be the atheist’s Philadelphia or In the Heat of the Night. Here is the trailer: Parrot Short Film Trailer from Myrtle Street Pictures on Vimeo. It looks interesting, but I admit that I am squeamish about the whole idea of self-consciously atheistic filmmaking. So [Read More...]

"Stocking Is The New Planking"

Remember that fad where people would lie face down like a board in uncomfortable public places and photograph themselves and put the picture online (until someone accidentally died doing it)? Well there is a website that has become the next big internet meme of imitation of the moment. Stocking Is The New Planking wants you to [Read More...]

"Philosographics"

Genis Carreras renders various philosophical views down to pastels in predominantly geometric shapes.  I’m not sure if his representation of atheism is supposed to be an upside down cross or a middle finger (or if atheism should really be represented primarily by its opposition to Christianity or to the symbolic connotations of the cross, and [Read More...]

van Gogh's Batman

By James Hance.  See more of, and support, his beautiful work here.  See Grover as Captain America by going to his Facebook page. Link via Laughing Squid. [Read more...]

Beau Obremski’s “Think”

The short film below was runner up in Project Reason’s 2011 Video Contest. You can see the winning video and backlash to it (in the comments section) here. The third place winner was “The Tutor”, which we have already featured. What do you think? [Read more...]

The Saga Of Biorn

Just last night a friend lamented that when it came to religion he wanted to raise his daughter Norse, but there were no good resources for kids. If only he had seen this (or, at least seen only its first 5 minutes and 30 seconds): Seriously though, Nietzsche would love this cartoon. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X