Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Friday, February 22, 2008

A Clearer Take On Atheism For Those Joining Recently

I'm setting out today (any moment now!) to finish the Atheism chapter--and I hope, in the process, to substantially improve it. However, in reading the comments on my last post (which I'm still not crazy about and I'm very thankful to everyone who's written in), I realized that one of the problems for first-time readers is that they may not realize that this post is not the first time I've attempted to describe atheism. So the distinction between those who are born atheistic (i.e., without a theistic or conventionally religious drive) and those who later become atheists, the unfair way in which atheists are automatically characterized as "angry," the rather hypersensitive nature of atheism's religious critics, are all addressed in this post from some time ago. I didn't want to repeat myself, so I didn't directly reference it. I see now that I should have.

I'll be away for much of the day. But if you want to read more of what I say about atheism--and something that makes, to my mind, a good deal more sense than yesterday's rough draft--I invite you to go and read it. Thanks!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samuel Skinner
Simple- there are a wide variety of beliefs we have never heard, or cared, about. People who are atheists by default are like you with regard to... liverology. People who are atheists by reason are like the people at the skeptics association. "Thats nice-prove it". It is laughably simple- making it into a chapter is tricky.

2/22/2008 1:03 PM  
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2/25/2008 7:47 PM  

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