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!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Founding Fathers Were Not Deists! They Were Heretics.

Steven Waldman, editor of, has just written a book called Founding Faith, where he has gone through every conceivable writing of the founding fathers to try to decipher what they actually believed. What a fascinating, long-overdue idea! His conclusion: The founding fathers mostly thought of themselves as Christians, not Deists. But they also almost uniformly denied the divinity of Jesus. Kevin Drum's Washington Monthly has the scoop here--along with links to the original materials Waldman used to come to his conclusion. I have got to get this book!

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Blogger Chad E Burns said...

Terri Gross interviewed him on Tuesday's Fresh Air--it is VERY good. check it out at

It is also very balanced and as you suggest disputes that they were secularists as well.

He also underscores the role the Evangelicals of the 18th century played in GUARANTEEING seperation of church and state and how opposed they would be to their "ideological heirs" today. Can't wait to read it as well!

3/13/2008 9:01 AM  

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