I consider the Washington Post‘s Gene Weingarten to be one of the best journalists in the country. He jumped onto my radar screen five years ago, with a truly gut-wrenching feature article about distracted parents who leave their young child in the car without realizing it, with tragic consequences.
Another story of his, a lovely tribute to aging dogs and how they process their memories, is equally unforgettable.
Others value his talents at least as much as I do — Weingarten is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes.
Today I learned that he is also an atheist (although that particular “secret” was out years ago; I just missed it). More importantly, he isn’t going to take the incessant Christian drumbeat in the U.S.A. lying down anymore. After Weingarten noticed the ocean of religious books for children, and the paucity of atheism-themed kids’ books, Weingarten penned Me and Dog, a riff on power and religion. Here’s the Amazon description: