Philip Roth will be remembered as a writer. And as a writer, he symbolized the writerly virtues completely, and wrote a large number of masterpieces. When the dust settles and the time passes, when all of us are dead and our concerns and issues long transformed, he will be remembered as what he really was, and only that: a towering giant of literature. Read more

As you might have heard, Trump recently violated the UN resolution enshrining the JCPOA (that is, the Iran deal) into international law and if you have followed this blog before, you’d know I really value this deal and welcomed it enthusiastically when it happened. Now, I have appeared on an episode of Naked Diner Podcast to talk about the implications of Trump dropping out of the deal. I discuss the economic and political repercussions of this move for Iran and… Read more

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. The previous episode was Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. This one focuses on Easter 1916 by William Butler Yeats. In many ways, Ireland and Iran are… Read more

My post a few days ago regarding physicist and sexual predator Lawrence Krauss, unsurprisingly, inspired a horde of faux-skeptic men to rush to his defense, and attempts to redefine skepticism, or to somehow muddy the waters regarding the acceptable criteria for “evidence”. Most of these reactions were simply trolls, but some were more respectable and concerned my definition of skepticism or evidence, assuming that those arguments were made in good faith. Some people have a pretty far-fetched definition of skepticism… Read more

Lawrence Krauss is a sexual predator, and if you are reluctant to believe this you are a bad skeptic, who ignores evidence. Read more

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

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