Jacques Rancourt discusses his new collection, BROCKEN SPECTRE.
Tags: ACT UP, AIDS, AIDS crisis, AIDS epidemic, Appalachia, atheism, atheist, Brocken Spectre, Catholic, catholicism, collective memory, collective trauma, Eavan Boland, elegy, gay, gay community, ghosts, Golden Gate Park, historical trauma, Hundred-Mile Wilderness, In the Time of PrEP, inherited trauma, Jacques Rancourt, LGBTQ, Maine, Mark Doty, memory, Michael Colbert, My Alexandria, natural world, nature, Novena, pastoral, poems, poetry, queer, Queer Art, queer desire, queer sex, queerness, religion, rural, rural America, rural Appalachia, San Francisco, sexuality, spirituality, The Man with Night Sweats, Thom Gunn, voyeurism
I feared this ravening thing in myself, in men. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, atheism, bisexual, bisexuality, coming out, consent, dating, faith, falling in love, family, gay, God, Hindu, Hinduism, homophobia, identity, internalized homophobia, LGBTQ, love, minneapolis, Minnesota, mothers, mothers and sons, queer, queerness, relationships, religion, Sex, sexual identity, sexuality, Shaan Amin, shame, tinder
Vikram Paralkar discusses his debut novel, NIGHT THEATER.
Tags: afterlife, Asghar Farhadi, atheism, atheist, Bach, bodies, bureaucracy, catapult, death, Ficciones, human body, Hume, hyperrealism, India, Jorge Luis Borges, kafka, magical realism, medical, medicine, morality, murder, ngmar Bergman, Night Theater, religion, Sarah Blake, Satyajit Ray, science, science fiction, Socrates, Supernatural, Surgeon, surgery, The Afflictions, The Trial, The Wounds of the Dead, trust, Vikram Paralkar, violence
Co-editors Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O’Neal discuss their new anthology, EMPTY THE PEWS.
Tags: alternative facts, atheism, atheist, Bible, Book Club, Chrissy Stroop, Christianity, church, crisis of faith, cult, culture wars, democracy, Donald Trump, election 2016, emotional abuse, Empty the Pews, Epiphany Publishing, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, freedom, God, homophobia, identity, information illiteracy, Isaac Marion, Lauren O'Neal, LGBTQ, Linda Kay Klein, Manjula Martin, Nietzsche, Peter Counter, pluralism, Presbyterian, purity, purity culture, queer, queerness, R. O. Kwon, Rebekah Matthews, religion, repression, Ruby Thiagarajan, Rumpus Book Club, Scratch, spirituality, Stanford, Sunday School Dropouts, The Rumpus Book Club, Thomas Hardy, trans, Trump
Katie Ford discusses her new collection, IF YOU HAVE TO GO.
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Rabih Alameddine discusses his newest novel,
The Angel of History, surviving the AIDS epidemic, and the role of religion in his life and writing. ...more
Tags: addiction, AIDS, An Unnecessary Woman, atheism, atheist, bdsm, beirut, death, depression, Donald Trump, drugs, Greek mythology, homosexual, Judy Garland, Koolaids, lebanon, LGBTQ, middle east, muslim, myths, Politics, rabih alameddine, refugees, religion, Reneysh Vittal, San Francisco, Slawomir Mrozek, syria, The Angel of History, The Hakawati, Trump
Why would I ask for my sanity from the Devil as I sleep walk, only to give it up again to the Holy Spirit? ...more
Tags: A Visitation of Spirits, atheism, Barnard, boarding school, Brea Salim, childhood, death of a salesman, dengue fever, depression, Devil, eating, evolution, Exeter, faith, food, freedom of religion, God, homosexuality, Hudson River, immigration, Indonesia, Indonesian, Lebaran, new england, new york, New York City, night terrors, Pancasila, Play Station Theatre, prayer, psychologist, Randall Keenan, religion, Riverside Park, science, snow, Times Square, winter
Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her new novel,
Book of Joan, a reimagining of the Joan of Arc story set in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. ...more
Tags: Arrival, art therapy, atheism, atheist, auditory hallucinations, Book of Joan, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Christine de Pizan, Christine Pisan, Chronology of Water, death, Donald Trump, election 2016, Emma Goldman, fascism, fathers, fathers and daughters, feminism, gender inequality, God, grief, Joan of Arc, Kelly Thompson, Lidia Yuknavitch, lithium, Mary Shelley, Michio Kaku, motherhood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Politics, science fiction, Small Backs, speculative fiction, Station Eleven, Stone Village Productions, String Theory, teaching writing, The Book of the City of Ladies, The Rumpus Interview, theology, therapy, Trump, violence, war, writing workshop
After our discussion of pronoun usage, Keith will be addressed as The Pirate Formerly Known as Keith. (Respect each other’s journeys, please.) ...more
Tags: Amy Poeppel, atheism, cannibalism, Funny Women, God, Grand Cayman, humor, humor writing, lifeboat, PDA, pronouns, religion, spoilers, spring break, vegetarian
Podcatcher talks with Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh of
#GoodMuslimBadMuslim about the podcast format, finding humor in absurdity, and diversity within the Muslim identity. ...more
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Mothers of America / let your kids go to the movies! ...more
Tags: AIDS, Aimee Semple McPherson, atheism, billie holiday, Billy Graham, Bob Jones, Brad Gooch, Charles Fuller, City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, David Biespel's Poetry Wire, David Biespiel, Evangelical, Father Charles Coughlin, Frank O'Hara, G.E. Lowman, Great Depression, Lana Turner, LGBTQ, Mal Waldron, Marilyn Monroe, Oral Roberts, Radio, revivalist, Rita Hayworth, S. Parkes Cadman, Sr., televangelism, televangelists, Veronica Lake, World War II, WWII
I’m an atheist who often carries crystal rosary beads and a relic of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. My grandparents, Mary and Gus, bought them both at the Vatican where they had traveled to see Pope Paul VI canonize Mother Seton. The rosary beads were a gift to me some months later when I made my […]
Tags: A Prayer for Owen Meany, Anita Diamant, Anna March, atheism, Barbara Kingsolver, Dostoyevsky, Flannery O'Connor, fyodor dostoevsky, God, grandparents, John Irving, Marjane Satrapi, Nedjma, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, religion, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Shusaku Endo, silence, The Almond: The Sexual Awakening of a Muslim Woman, The Brothers Karamazov, The Poisonwood Bible, The Red Tent, The Vatican, What the Body Remembers, Wise Blood, witchcraft
“I feel like [music] can serve functions that used to be served by things that were religious,” says electronic musician Devon Welsh. Compelling words from one half of the art pop duo Magical Cloudz, whose 2013 record Impersonator communicates a pious respect for the creative process. Welsh’s sentiment becomes more complicated when we listen closely to the darker lyrics […]
I closed my laptop. I thought of words such as “contexts” and “perspectives.” The next morning, I checked out an armload of books from the university library. I had to learn to defend Durga. ...more
Tags: atheism, Atheists, Bangladesh, Brahma, catholicism, Christ, Devdutt Pattnaik, Devi: The Mother Goddess, Durga, Durga Puja, family, feminism, gender roles, goddesses, Gods, growing up, Hindu, Idaho, India, Mahishasura, Mardaani, mythology, professor, Rani Mardaani, religion, Roxane Gay, Sayantani Dasgupta, teaching, The Hindus, Tradition, Wendy Doniger
When I told my friend Aharon that my family name used to be Schwartz, he said, “Used to be Schwartz—sounds like a Borscht Belt act.” ...more
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In an essay for The Toast, Anne Marquette reveals the parallels between living as asexual and living as an atheist. In both cases, society surrounds you with guidelines to peak experiences—salvation, true love—that don’t apply to you. The only sensible thing to do is make up your own rules: There will always be a tension […]
Poet, historian, and philosopher Jennifer Michael Hecht talks about Thomas Aquinas, Robin Williams, and her most recent book,
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. ...more
Tags: alex dueben, atheism, depression, Doubt: A History, Jennifer Michael Hecht, John Stuart Mills, Kant, Lit, Mary Karr, No Hemlock Rock, PhD, philosophy, poetry, psychiatry, Robin Williams, Schopenhauer, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, suicide, The End of the Soul, The Happiness Myth, the new yorker, The Paris Review, Who Said
After a judge ruled that religious pamphlets could be handed out in Orange County, Florida, the Satanic Temple, Salon reports, is responding with the dissemination of its own literature: The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.
“At a luncheon earlier in the day with Hitchens and Berlinski, Taunton asked Hitchens about his health problems. ‘Well, I’m dying, since you asked,’ Hitchens replied. ‘So are you, but I’m doing it faster and in more rich and fecund detail.’” Despite recently undergoing chemotherapy for esophageal cancer, Hitchens still shows up to debate a […]
The other day I was walking down Mission Street in San Francisco and I saw a billboard on the side of a passing bus that read, “Imagine No Religion.” It was done in the style of stained glass, deliberately meant to conjure up an old church window.