Exploring the Favorites is a series of posts on this blog which will explore my favorite pieces of media, from books, films, games, music, etc. It’s not meant to be a review of criticism, but simply state how I connected with the work on a personal level. Be warned that there will be spoilers. This week, we’re focusing on Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. “Violence in art doesn’t hurt anyone. That’s the great thing about it. When I create a… Read more

Sisters are at the risk of being deported back to Saudi Arabia, facing a vengeful abusive family and governmental punishment. Read more

I’m pleased and honored to announce that I have contributed one article to the book Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century, edited by my friend and fantastic skeptic Jonathan MS Pearce of A Tippling Philosopher. This is what the book is about, according to Pearce: There are some 24 writers from the ranks of Patheos Nonreligious and they have all done their bit to make this project a really good looking, good feeling, and intellectually stimulating affair. There is… Read more

When you deconvert as a member of a deeply religious society, betrayal is the main feeling you associate with the process. Read more

Kazuo Ishiguro is a great and deserving author who transcends our arbitrary cultural and literary boundaries, thus deserving of his Nobel. Read more

Rouhani deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Iran deal and a lifetime of advocating for diplomacy in Iranian politics. Read more

A literary prize serves two possible purposes for someone like me, who’s a lover of literature. First, it can help you find out new authors/books you should read. Second, it can make you feel good when your favorite author wins a prize. Since I have begun following the Nobel Prize in Literature seriously (which was in 2005), it has sometimes satisfied the second need, but not the first, so far. Let’s tally the winners: Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, Mario Vargas Llosa, Tomas Tranströmer, Alice… Read more

A number of days ago, I asked the readers of this to sign a “Pro-Truth Pledge”, one that I had also signed. I gave you my reasons for signing the pledge, which included a broad commitment to the truth and critical thinking. That is a commitment I still find worthy. Of course, you might say that the pledge was too broad and generalized to be useful, but I disagree. It’s true that no one says “I don’t believe in truth”,… Read more

President Bernie Sanders narrowly won election in 2016. And now, six months in, we look back and see what he has accomplished so far. Read more

Episode 22 of Recovering from Religion podcast, hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith is out, and I make a cameo! The podcast begins with a long interview with Adam Wadi, a closeted ex-Muslim who has written the book Atheism For Muslims: A Guide to Questioning Islam, Religion and God for a Better Future. His interview is very informative and useful, and can teach you a lot about Islam. After that, there’s a number of personal stories, by Zerin Firoze, me, and my friend… Read more

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