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O Me of Little Faith

The Oddities of Expert-dom

One of the fun and interesting things about publishing books like Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse and Pocket Guide to the Bible is that, once you write a book on a certain subject, people think you’re an expert on that subject. So am I an expert on the End Times? Or, to cite my upcoming books: on sainthood? Or the afterlife?


Well, I’m more informed than most people on the subject, I guess. But it’s more likely that I’m an expert at doing research into a topic and then writing about it, explaining it, and turning it into a small, entertaining book with the word “pocket” in the title. (My field of expertise, then, is actually pretty narrow.)

Anyway, today I’m experiencing one of the weird perks of expert-hood or expertishness or whatever you want to call it. I’m in LA this morning being interviewed for a documentary. (Yes, I’ve done this before. And yes, I brought my sunglasses and tight jeans.)


This time it’s a bit new, though. My other stuff has been for cable documentaries about religion. But this time it’s for a DVD film release. Warner Bros. is re-releasing the 1970s Mel Gibson film Mad Max on DVD, and accompanying it will be a documentary feature about some of the apocalyptic themes in the movie. Me being an Apocalypse Expert (TM) — that’s what my belt buckle says, after all — I get to provide some witty insightful commentary. Or possibly just some regular commentary.

So I flew in last night, I’ll be pontificating apocalyptically in front of a green screen this morning, and I’ll return to Amarillo almost immediately afterward. Back home for bedtime tonight.

Tomorrow, of course, you’ll hear all about it.

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posted May 21, 2009 at 11:15 am

Wow. This is incredibly cool. Dr. DeVoe would be beside himself with creepy avuncular pride.

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posted May 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm

So, my parents stopped by to visit me today (yes I know, so far this comment from a stranger is RIVETING and you’re all anxious for more) and they informed me that a Christian had won American Idol. I don’t watch American Idol, but I assured them that a Christian didn’t win, because if the winner was a Christian, Jason Boyett would have blogged about it and then I’d have an appropriate opinion on the latest celebrity Christian. (sidenote – they think Jason Boyett is the “nice red-haired boy from high school that was in the play” with me. I told them he was the author of the wildly popular Christian pocket guides and they were impressed that Jason, “the boy who did the Scottish accent so well” had become an author. I didn’t bother to correct them.) But my parents were right about American Idol. I just googled it and Kris Allen won and he’s a worship leader from a Christian church in Arkansas. And so now, I await for your opinion… or not. It’s your blog. Write whatever you want. Who am I to tell you what to do? Oh and another sidenote (from what has now become the world’s longest blog comment that has nothing to do with the blog post) – I am not THAT anonymous; the one who gets in comment fights with you (though I must say that I am wildly entertained by the comments that he – I am assuming it’s a he – leaves on this blog and your replies. Don’t know if that’s his goal – to wildly entertain me – but whatever.)

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posted May 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Dear Other, Nicer Anonymous:Thanks for your riveting comment. I have to say it WAS enjoyable. Here’s my big cultural secret: I have never watched an episode of American Idol. Never. Being culturally astute, I knew Kris Allen won (though maybe that mascara guy should have won?) but I only found out Allen was a worship leader today. Anyway, I’m sorry for not blogging about it, or for having much of an opinion about it, except for this one: Kris Allen looks a whole lot more like a worship leader than the other guy.Other comments:1. “Wildly popular Christian pocket guides” is one of my favorite phrases ever.2. I can only speak convincingly in two foreign accents: Irish and Scottish. So maybe your parents are right.

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posted May 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Pretty sad that we had to look up to see that KA was a worship leader, Guess that means he’s a christian too…damn.

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posted May 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm

As a self-proclaimed history nerd, I have to say I got WAY TOO EXCITED when I saw you on the history channel a year or so ago.

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