“Amends”: My Novel Seeking Agent/Publisher

So I wrote a comedic novel set during the filming of a reality-TV show about alcohol rehabilitation. It is basically all my obsessions on parade: bad advice, humiliation, addiction and recovery, Gay Christian Whatnot, journalism, sleaze, mysticism and mystical experience, metanarratives, friendship, prison, and class war. You get a recipe for a Clockwork Orange (the drink that removes your free will!) and a romance between a guilt-ridden conservative journalist and an Ethiopian Orthodox homeless … [Read more...]

Videos on Homosexuality and Chastity in the Catholic Church

I'm in this: What you’ll find here are videos by a group of faithful gay Catholics who believe in the Church’s teachings about marriage and sexuality. We’ll talk about what that teaching is and why we’ve embraced it, the spiritual riches that we’ve found within the Church, the obstacles and misunderstandings that we’ve faced, and the ways that Catholics can help to support gay people who seek the Lord with good will. more--requires you to create an account, but no payment or anything like that. … [Read more...]

Yet More Gay Catholic Whatnot

Enough is never enough of Gay Catholic Stuff. Anyway here's a bunch of the Usual Suspects talking about various topics, for an upcoming website. I don't remember anything I said in these videos so uh... enjoy! (In all seriousness, it's an interesting group of people with large areas of overlap but also divergent life experiences and vocations, so I think the video series is bound to be interesting no matter what weird mishegoss I ended up saying.) … [Read more...]

In the LA Area? Come See Movies and Also Me!

The Level Ground Film Festival, which explores the intersection of Christian faith and LGBT life, has already started! I will be doing a whole bunch of stuff with them Thursday and Friday: the Dinner Gala on Thursday, where I'm on a panel screening of the film "Desire of the Everlasting Hills" (exploring the lives of monks with same-sex attraction); the Festival of Books on Friday morning, where I will be reading the chapter on vocation from my forthcoming book about Gay Catholic Whatnot (GET … [Read more...]

Blogwatch, With Her Gummy Hands

Some links for a slushy Saturday evening."LGBT Rights and the UN: What the Church Does Not Teach." Powerful."Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators." Basically because we've always had it too easy and don't know how to work. I'd heard most of this before and it very much rings true for me--studying Russian has been a fairly brutal confrontation with my own limits, my quick temper and immediate frustration and a whole host of other character defects which are brought out when a task is … [Read more...]

Addiction and the Politics (and Poetics) of Personal Responsibility: me at AmCon

a listicle, and for some reason I saved the best stuff for the end, so feel free to hate me: There’s a narrative that comes up whenever addiction is discussed publicly nowadays: the narrative in which the disease of addiction essentially replaces a person’s free will.The barroom-wisdom version of it is the old line, “First the man takes a drink. Then the drink takes a drink. Then the drink takes the man.” A fairly heartbreaking version of it comes in this interview with author (and father of … [Read more...]

My Panel at Level Ground Film Festival

I'll be on a panel at Level Ground, a film festival in Pasadena, CA dedicated to the intersection of Christian faith and LGBT life. Here's the info:When: Thursday, February 27 from 7-10p (dinner included) Where: Jones Coffee Roasters Moderator: Jeff Chu Panel: Eve Tushnet, Matt Jones, 3-4 people from filmmaking team (still waiting to hear exactly who) Films: Desire of the Everlasting Hills (this is a world premiere screening!!)Buy tickets here! … [Read more...]


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