I’m keynoting at a Con for Christian nerds!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be giving the keynote speech at this year's Doxacon (a Christian convention on fantasy and science fiction)! Tickets are on sale now (and there's an early bird rate, so if you think you'll come, or you have a friend who would be interested, go ahead and book).My husband (pictured above with me when we saw Captain America: Civil War) will also be speaking at Doxacon, and here's what we're both speaking on:  Leah Libresco—Wizardry and the Wounds of th … [Read more...]

How do you throw a fasting and silence party?

The New Yorker has written a profile of Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, and my husband and I were interviewed as part of the article. (It was very funny overhearing the New Yorker fact checker asking Alexi to confirm he was wearing a bow-tie when we met with the author, and that the mac-and-cheese we ate could be accurately described as "artisanal.")I'm glad the profile author, Joshua Rothman, included my story about a specific BenOp-inspired event I ran: “We did an evening of job … [Read more...]

Lenten disciplines draw on our weakness, not our strength

The most aggravating thing I've given up for Lent was jaywalking. I'm from New York, originally, and it's habit to step into the road regardless of whether the light is green for me. Jaywalking was a good discipline for me because it's clearly not a very big sacrifice. There's no way for me to think of the practice as badass or a testament to my own strength.In fact, as I watched the WALK sign tick down on the other street, it was a reminder of my own weakness, of how frustrated I get being … [Read more...]

Theology nerds (who are also generally nerds) come to Toronto!

I had a great time last year at Doxacon DC, a day of talks, revelry, and occasional cosplay for people who are deeply interested in both Christianity and fantasy/science fiction. So I'm thrilled to tell you that I'll be the keynote speaker this fall for Doxacon Toronto (and that my now-fiancé, then-husband will be giving a talk on "Authority and the Marvel Cinematic Universe" there, too).I'll be speaking on Chesterton, Lewis and Card on Worldbuilding and Our Tolerance of MysteryI'll be … [Read more...]

Dissecting the Catholic Vote for FiveThirtyEight

Over at FiveThirtyEight, I'm taking a close look at a recent Pew survey of religious voters. More mass-going Catholics are planning to vote for Clinton than planned to support Obama four years ago, but it's not because Clinton won them over: Catholics who attend Mass weekly have increased their support for the Democratic nominee by 22 percentage points relative to 2012. They support Hillary Clinton at about the same rate as fallen-away Catholics; even though among white, non-Hispanic Catholics, … [Read more...]

My Good Catch Catches Them All

I've gone to Poland to speak at World Youth Day, so, in the meantime, I've got a few good posts from my fiancé to recommend. He's been alternately playing Pokemon Go and writing about the way its reenchanting the city for players.Even though I'm not playing, I'm still enjoying all the people I run into, and the fact that, unprompted, they'll tell me if there's a really cool Pokemon nearby, so I don't miss it.Alexi wrote about the way that looking at their phones prompts players to look … [Read more...]

Why I’m a Statistician and Why I’m a Catholic

I got to do interviews with two great radio programs in the last few weeks. First up, I spoke to Matt King of Say That (past of his work for Mission: USA, an inner city mission in Chicago). We spoke about my coverage of sappy Christian hymns and how and why I work as a statistician.Say That, Ep 222 (I'm on at minute 37) I also got to talk with Patrick Coffin of Catholic Answers Focus about my conversion and my experience learning to pray as a beginner Catholic (from my … [Read more...]