A First Look at Salman Rushdie’s Autobiography

Salman Rushdie‘s new book Joseph Anton: A Memoir is an autobiographical account of what happened before, during, and after the infamous fatwa that was put on his life. (According to the Ayatollah Khomeini, Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses was blasphemous, “against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran.”) The book’s title refers to the pseudonym Rushdie [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens’ Final Book, Mortality, Now Available

Just FYI, Christopher Hitchens‘ final book, Mortality, is now available: Vanity Fair summarizes it like this: Mortality encompasses extended versions of seven essays written for Vanity Fair about Hitchens’s experiences with a terminal illness. The final chapter is a collection of Hitchens’s shorthand notes to himself, offering a glimpse into his thought process while writing [Read More...]

My View of the Atheist Movement… Circa 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do something really cool: record an audiobook for I Sold My Soul on eBay. I know: it’s five years after the fact… but whatever I went to a sound studio on two separate occasions to recite the whole thing from start to finish. It marked [Read More...]

A Psychic Comes Clean About His Trickery in New Book

Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times has the story of a psychic who is finally admitting that he was faking it all along. The subject, Mark Edward (no relation to John Edward), has written a new book — with a foreword by James Randi — titled Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium. In [Read More...]

That Awkward Moment When Your Name Is Translated Into Polish…

My friend August sent along this image from some book in Polish. I didn’t realize my name needed translating: Then again, I guess that’s closer than most people get… [Read more...]


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