After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?

This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes. [Read more...]

Who Really Freed the Slaves?

In his scathing rebuff of the film Lincoln (which I also hated, for some similar but less precise reasons) Aaron Bady argues it was the blacks themselves to a far greater extent than the film acknowledges: In short, if you widen your field of view, you will discover that W.E.B. Du Bois argued a century ago—and [Read More...]

Pat Robertson’s Run For President

When Pat Robertson ran for president it was like he was going out of his way to find extra issues to have noxious views about. [Read more...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The Most Astounding Fact" and "We Stopped Dreaming"

At around 5am this morning on Facebook, Neil deGrasse Tyson posted links to these videos and wrote (with good reason), “I continue to be moved by what creative videographers have done with my words.” The first video is about how astonishing it is that the elements that made our emergence as physical life possible, and [Read More...]

Tesla. Edison. Oatmeal vs. Forbes.

The Oatmeal published an amusing comic strip tribute to Tesla which celebrated him as a hero geek and demonized Edison as a cynical anti-geek businessman who exploited geeks. Forbes published a really interesting piece challenging The Oatmeal’s accuracy and simplistic, dualistic good vs. evil narrative. The Oatmeal replied by writing in the margins of the [Read More...]

The History of English in 10 Minutes

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Nicole Wallace's Desperate Spinning in 2008

Tonight HBO is airing the movie Game Change, which is based on the book with the same name and tells the story of Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s 2008 running mate in his campaign for president. Spoiler alert, at the film’s conclusion,  [Read more...]

The Truth About The Help

Melissa Harris-Perry hated the film The Help. You can see her memorably scathing, outraged review here. This morning, ahead of the Oscar’s, she had a really illuminating segment on the real history of African American women domestic workers, the economic and sexual exploitation they have suffered, their role in the Civil Rights Movement, and the disservices [Read More...]

The History of Sleep

Relaying the discoveries of Roger Ekirch (author of At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past) and Craig Koslofsky (author of Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe), Stephanie Hegarty writes a long and fascinating article about how in past eras people who lived with long, dark nights tended to sleep in two segments [Read More...]


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