Epistemology Thought Experiment on Prime Time TV

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.Last night I caught the series premiere of Awake on Hulu and I found it captivating.  The basic setup: Detective Michael Britten (played by Jason Isaacs -- Lucius Malfoy) is in a terrible car accident.  After the crash his life bifurcates.  In one reality, his wife died in the crash.  In the other, he lost his son.  He lives a full day in one world, goes to … [Read more...]

Isn’t that Sweeney there beside you?

I'm in transit today.  It's the weekend of the Harvard-Yale football game, and I'm headed up early to see the campus production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  So while I navigate wind and rain and buses and trains, you can check out the paper I wrote on Sweeney's moral code for my Sondheim seminar last year.  I've uploaded the document "If Only Angels Could Prevail: The Moral Tragedy of Sweeney Todd" to Scribd.To be honest, I love Sweeney and Sondheim so much that I' … [Read more...]

Time Out for Tonys

There should be a more substantive post later today, but I've fallen terribly behind on everything.  I was in NYC all day yesterday waiting on line for tickets to the Shakespeare in the Park production of All's Well that Ends Well which was an absolute riot.  If you're in the NYC area, definitely spend a morning in Central Park on line waiting for tickets.  Between the line and the show, my mom and a college friend of mine went to see the "Savage Beauty" Alexander McQueen installation at the Met … [Read more...]

You Call That Religion?

One (possibly last) guest post at Daylight Atheism.  This one is also inspired by The Book of Mormon and is focused on how the diffuse, unrooted idea of religion that emerges in Mormon and is praised by reviewers ought to be opposed by atheists as well as fundamentalists.My last day for guestblogging is tomorrow, so please comment if there's a topic you think I should be sure to cover for Daylight Atheism's large (but mostly pissed off with me) audience. You Call That Religion? The … [Read more...]

“The Marleyes Were Dead, To Begin With”*

My family may be entirely composed of atheists, but we do have some important Christmas traditions (even beyond Chinese food on Christmas day).  On Christmas Eve, we watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.  It is the best Christmas Carol on film (it has Michael Caine as Scrooge) and I will fight anyone who says different. The movie is narrated by Gonzo, playing Charles Dickens.I've scheduled this to post in the morning, before I get up, so you'll have time to rent it before nightfall, as you will s … [Read more...]

A Very Quch Christmas*

From the Wall Street Journal comes the story of a Klingon reinterpretation of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The arc of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" follows the familiar Dickens script: An old miser is visited on a hallowed night by three ghosts who shepherd him through a voyage of self-discovery. The narrative has been rejiggered to match the Klingon world view.For starters, since there is neither a messiah nor a celebration of his birth on the Klingon planet of Kronos, the action is … [Read more...]

What I’m doing after exams:

I'm wearing some tight, tight jeans and tonight we're delving into some serious, serious shit. I'm Andrew Jackson, and I'm your president.  Those are the opening lines of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, an irreverent, nerdy, emo-rock musical.  Come 8pm tonight, I'll be done with my final paper for the semester and I'll be sitting in the orchestra section with my boyfriend for the evening show.  That means I will continue to not exist today, but I'll probably resume existing  sometime to … [Read more...]