Popping Collars Part II: “Jesus becomes a monster for us and with us”

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My book, Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day, dropped yesterday. Get it on Amazon or anywhere fine books are sold.Continuing now with the "Popping Collars" podcast in which the Rev’s Greg Knight and Betsy Gonzalez and I discuss biblical epics, scripture, and popular culture.Here’s the link to the whole podcast, which is much more entertaining than reading a transcript.Again, I offer the caveat that this is a not-at-all acc … [Read more...]

Richard’s Book Is Here! + Part One of Popping Collars

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So the big day has arrived. My book, Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day, drops today. Get it on Amazon or anywhere fine books are sold....online. With a title like that they’re not exactly going to have it at your local Books-A-Million.To celebrate, I want to post an excerpt and a link to a recent appearance I made on the "Popping Collars" podcast explaining some of what the book is about and my interest in popular culture and b … [Read more...]

Book Review: DID GOD KILL JESUS?

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I've got a Godfather 3 type relationship with the church. Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in. Communities and people of faith have serendipitously entered my life--or I theirs--at moments when I was just about to give up on the whole thing. Tony Jones is one of those people and his new book, did God Kill Jesus: Looking for Love in History's Most Famous Execution, is one of those rare texts that is both informative and inspirational. It's given me fresh eyes with which to see the c … [Read more...]

Disquiet Time: A Review

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had a productive streak of quiet times: portions of the day devoted to scripture reading and prayer. From a young age, I was indoctrinated into the importance of said practices. We even had to check off boxes on the outside of our offering envelopes to let the world know we had been faithful stewards of our time. I feel a little guilty…sometimes. … [Read more...]

A Rugged Apocalypse

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Like Jeff VanderMeer's The Southern Reach trilogy, Edan Lepucki offers little explanation of what caused the downfall of civilization in her post-apocalyptic novel, California. Rather than focusing on the whys of the world's demise, she mines the hows of emotional and physical survival. … [Read more...]

The Mystery Continues

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A few weeks ago, I praised the first installment of Jeff Vandermeer's The Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation. Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long for the second book, Authority, which is equally haunting and confusing and every bit as brilliant. … [Read more...]

ANNIHILATION: A Review

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Most dystopian novels explain what went wrong right away and settle into a narrative of life in the aftermath. Jeff VanderMeer refuses to share this information in his novel, Annihilation, the first of his Southern Reach Triology. The next two will be published in May (Authority) and September (Acceptance). With Annihilation, VanderMeer creates one of the more haunting stories I've read in quite some time. … [Read more...]

From a Freebie to a (Potential) Blockbuster

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The only thing more unbelievable (read: awesome!) than the plot of Andy Weir's novel, The Martian, is the story behind it's success. Weir initially gave the book away for free on his website, until friends and fans encouraged him to make it available in the Kindle bookstore. He uploaded it and charged 99 cents, the cheapest possible. In three months, it sold 35,000 copies in three months and rose to the top of Amazon's sci-fi best-seller list. A publisher purchased the rights, and shortly … [Read more...]


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