The Understated Power of Influence: Why Lou Reed is Such a Big Deal, Even If You’ve Never Heard of Him

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During the time pop-art legend Andy Warhol was running around with the weird, obscure, protopunk outfit The Velvet Underground he told reporters that in the future everybody would have their own 15 minutes of fame. Who could have known how right Warhol was. We have fulfilled Andy Warhol’s prophecy. Not only do we assume our 15 minutes, we crave it. The Internet is our global soapbox, blogs unite and divide into homogenous tribes, and hero worship is streamlined by flawless digital … [Read more...]

Reza Aslan’s Grand Inquisitor

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Reza Aslan’s new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, pits a "historical" Jesus against the orthodox Christian Jesus that founded Christianity and shaped Western Society. Non-Christians have been writing books that challenge the historical, biblical person of Jesus for millenia. And even though Aslan's Jesus has been getting a lot of press, I am not worried that Aslan is harming orthodox Christianity any more than I'm worried  A-Rod is ruining the entire sport of baseball by … [Read more...]


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