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!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Savage on Romney: Who's Religiously Intolerant?

Here's an intriguing post by Dan Savage where he points to an article claiming that Romney's campaign was shipwrecked by "religious intolerance." Dan points out, quite rightly, that the religious intolerance of Mormonism came, not from the blue-state left (since Romney won Massachusetts more than once), but from the very red-state religious people who are the ones most likely to complain about religious intolerance. Which helps prove something I said in an earlier post: the liberals in various religious traditions--including, I guess, atheistic secularism--have more in common with each other than religious conservatives have with other religious conservatives. QED.

I should add, however, that the article Dan links to to make this point is written by someone who's pretty clearly not what I'd call a mainstream evangelical, and so what's wrong with Joel is not exemplary of anything wrong with Christians as a whole. I'd hate for anyone to think I was letting this yahoo be anyone's spokesperson.

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