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!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bush's Religion: Another Book Recommendation

Since this is apparently turning into Books-On-Religion-And-Politics Day, don't miss this series of excerpts from The Bush Tragedy, a rather partisanly-titled book whose author, Jacob Weisberg, does to George W. Bush what the author of Founding Fathers does to the original George W.: goes back into the publicly-available record to see what his religious beliefs actually are. The answers are fascinating, as Weisberg makes a pretty strong case that George Bush, Jr.'s Christianity is deeply and personally held, and at the same time almost completely devoid of content. (Interestingly, he explains how evangelicalism has made Bush more humble, not more arrogant.) I found the third excerpt particularly fascinating, as Weisberg uncovers tapes of Bush practicing how to speak to religious groups, and making decisions about how to pitch himself. Weisberg has, I think, a tendency to overpsychoanalyze Bush--every decision seems to come back to resolving some deep father-son conflict, in Weisberg's eyes--but it's really interesting to see Bush's religious statements sort of pureed together and to see, in consequence, what form of Jesus titrates out. It's not so much a Jesus of the Bible study (Bush never actually goes to church) as it is the vaguer Jesus of AA. Intriguing to know!

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Blogger Abandoned By Wolves said...

"...deeply and personally held, and at the same time almost completely devoid of content".

That would explain a lot, wouldn't it?

3/16/2008 6:48 PM  

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