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Love, Joy, Feminism

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gordon Sees a Lawyer

In next week's installment, we'll begin the hearing. Will Gordon show up? Or will he stay home drinking? The tension is mounting!

Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Huckabee and International Baccalaureate Programs

Mike Huckabee, another candidate who is inexplicably still in the Republican presidential race, is pandering to the know-nothings of the Christian right just as furiously as he possibly can. At a meeting in Iowa, someone asked him about International Baccalaureate programs, which are obviously evil because they involve — shhhhhhh — foreigners. His absurd response: [Read More...]


In Defense of Bad Expressions: A Banned Books Week Meditation

For five years, I taught high school English in a small rural district in Illinois. During my tenure there, one of my main goals was to improve student reading by leveraging student choice, and because our school had virtually no library budget, I expended a fair amount of effort (and money) to build a classroom library [Read More...]

Godless in Dixie

Why Do Intelligent, Well-Educated People Still Believe Nonsense?

Last night for the third time in as many months I found myself explaining to someone raised outside of a devoutly religious environment that religious people are not stupid simply because they believe nonsensical things. Each of the three times I’ve had this conversation it’s been with a different person whose professional life has increasingly [Read More...]

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