Romney Flounders in Fishtown

What’s wrong with the Romney campaign?  Even amongst its supporters, it’s a common question.  Romney’s Boston headquarters ran a famously tight ship through most of the campaign thus far, but now that ship is listing.  If it does not plot a new course, it will founder on the shoals of a Republican populism that refuses [Read More...]

The Indignation Industry, or the Art of Blogging Controversies

I think we bloggers and writers of online content generally need to confess to something.  We often have mixed motives — or we face a complex set of competing incentives — when it comes to potentially controversial material. I was reminded of this by Christian sociologist Jenell Paris — author of The End of Sexual [Read More...]

These French Never Surrender

Two of the finest people I’ve come to know through my work with Patheos are David and Nancy French.  When we decided that we would publish columns at Patheos, David was the first columnist I sought.  I had come to know David and Nancy through their work with Six Seeds — as I was getting [Read More...]

Why Jeremy Lin Matters — With an Unpublished Interview

My recent post on NBA insta-celebrity Jeremy Lin — “Jeremy Lin and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations” — garnered a fair amount of controversy.  To supply some backstory: shortly after Jeremy’s outstanding off-the-bench performance against the New Jersey Nets, a friend forwarded the video highlights to me with a note that some of her [Read More...]

Jeremy Lin and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Sometimes compliments are the worst insults. In early 2010, back when he was a Harvard phenom, I had the privilege of interviewing NBA basketballer Jeremy Lin.  We were still building this crazy thing called Patheos, so I met Jeremy at his dorm and used a $150 HD camera.  I presented the interview in text form [Read More...]


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