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August 2011 Archives

Sesame Streetwalkers: Peggy Orenstein on the Sexualization of the American Tween Girl

posted by Jana Riess

My daughter is not a pink-princess kind of girl, but we’ve had enough glimpses of fairy wings and pixie dust to make me interested in reading Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein’s incisive and funny exploration of the “new girlie-girl […]

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Can Mormonism Make a Place for Same-Sex Marriage? Guest Blogger Brad Carmack Says Yes

posted by Jana Riess

“Hi, my name is Brad Carmack, calling on behalf of Protect Marriage Maine.  Will you vote to maintain the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman?” This was my phone pitch in October of 2009.  Calling […]

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Ecclesiastes: For Everything, There Is a Season. Even for Contradictions.

posted by Jana Riess

“I had no idea how cynical the Book of Ecclesiastes could be,” I told my writing group a couple of weeks ago. “It also contradicts itself over and over again: Life sucks, and then it’s beautiful. There’s no reward in […]

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What We Can Take from “The Mormon Moment”

posted by Jana Riess

Today’s “Talk of the Nation” broadcast will be devoted to Mormonism: what it is, what it’s not, and why so many non-Mormons are afraid of it. I don’t know who all the guests are, but I’m thrilled that one of […]

Burying Dad

posted by Jana Riess

Tomorrow, I am burying my father’s ashes in a little cemetery in southern Illinois, where he can be laid to rest near his parents. It’s an odd kind of closure. Some of you know that my father crashed back into […]

Please Read: In the Garden of Beasts

posted by Jana Riess

Over the weekend I finished Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, which still ranks in Amazon’s top twenty after almost three months in release. I predict a long (and well-deserved) […]

Have You Hugged a Proverb Today?

posted by Jana Riess

This morning I tweeted the last chapter of the Book of Proverbs: #Twible Prov 31: Dawn to-do list: Buy estate. Make winter coats. Weave cloth 1st. Make family look good. Be strong. Get Michelle Obama arms. As I worked my […]

If the World’s Getting Better, Why Do Americans Need Xanax?: Bradley Wright Falls Short with “Upside”

posted by Jana Riess

With riots in London, a nosedive in the stock market, and Michelle Bachmann dominating the airwaves, it’s hard to believe that the world is actually getting better. In fact, declension seems all but assured. Yet continuous improvement is the thesis […]

Ask a Mormon: FAQ

posted by Jana Riess

Today on Rachel Held Evans’s blog, I attempt to answer her readers’ top questions about Mormonism. You can also check out prior interviews in her “Ask” series, in which she’s talked to an atheist, a Catholic, and an Orthodox Jew. […]

Mormon Testimonies, Religious Kitsch, and Chieko Okazaki

posted by Jana Riess

I’m traveling this week, so there’s not much time to blog today. At the FAIR conference, I caught the second half of a fascinating presentation this morning on the LDS Church and immigration policy. At the Sunstone Symposium I’ve had […]

Print Books Aren’t Worth Fighting For

posted by Jana Riess

In this morning’s Chicago Tribune, guest writer Aaron Gilbreath, a bookseller at the esteemed indy stalwart Powell’s Books in Oregon, tells publishers that we should “fight dirty” to save our industry from the onslaught of ebooks. “Why hasn’t America’s publishing […]

Alabama Churches Fight New Anti-Immigration Law

posted by Jana Riess

Yesterday in Alabama, leaders from the Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, and Methodist denominations filed suit to halt enforcement of the state’s harsh new immigration law. (Apparently they’re in good company:  late yesterday, the justice department of the federal government also sued […]

Ask a Mormon . . . But Which Mormon?

posted by Jana Riess

Last night at dinner, a visiting 7-year old was trying to explain to me that duck-billed platypuses (platypi?) are actually mammals, even though they lay eggs. “But doesn’t the fact that they lay eggs automatically disqualify them from being mammals?” […]

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NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
"First Mitt won Iowa, then he lost Iowa? That's a classic Romney flip-flop." --Stephen Colbert     Working with the theory that there hasn't been nearly enough attention to Mormonism and politics this year, what with it being ...

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Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, ...

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Fun with the Book of Lamentations
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