Celebrating Samuel W. Taylor, a Peculiar Person

Sam Taylor

Samuel W. Taylor was born, as we all were at one time or another, on February 5, 1907. But make no mistake, he was no ordinary chum. As it just so happens, Samuel had six mothers. That is to say, his father had six wives. Also, his father was at one time, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.I say at one time because two years before Samuel’s birth, his father resigned as member of The Quorum of the Twelve over the issue of plural marriage. In short, he was still l … [Read more...]

Jon McNaughton, the Obama Era’s Most Significant Artist


Gaze upon the works of Jon McNaughton, the most important painter of our time.*Undoubtedly, there’s an uncle, or a father, or a former bishop out there who has admired, shared, and maybe even paid for a painting by the Mormon artist and curmudgeon with a paintbrush. They may have it hanging in their study, or, God forbid, in their living room next to the red-robed Christ and a photograph of the Provo temple.McNaughton’s works are well known for their patriotism, and their subtle use of sy … [Read more...]

In Praise of Cafeteria Mormonism

It was both troubling and fascinating (something like watching a car wreck) to witness the dustup of the past few days over the unfortunate column by LDS author Joni Hilton excoriating what she dubbed “liberal Mormons.”  I’m sure that Sister Hilton is a wonderful person who may or may not regret at least some of both the tone and substance of what she wrote, not to mention the minor firestorm she set off.  I have no idea why she feels the way she does, or what prompted her to write the column in … [Read more...]

A Review of the Cover of Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven: A story of violent faith.

Under the Banner of Heaven (Doubleday, 2003)

Author’s note: Yes, I’ve read the book.Canaan Mountain is almost unbearably symbolic. … [Read more...]