Writing is terrible. Just ask the figure in Leonid Pasternak's "Throes of Creation"

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As a small child, I assumed I would grow up to sing on Broadway, preferably starring alongside Gene Kelly, star of some of my favorite musicals: Singing in the Rain, Brigadoon, and An American in Paris. I was not a little heartbroken when I saw That’s Entertainment! at some point and

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Reviewing Damaged Goods and Virgin Nation

I read Damaged Goods quickly when it came out last winter; when I pitched it as a review, now retired editor Richard Kauffman added on the academic study Virgin Nation. I was grateful for it — the latter is an important book.  But I was in the middle of

These people, for example, all live in my memory, and shaped who I am, and will for years to come, though I never slept with any of them.

On memory

Fidelia’s Sisters, the web magazine of The Young Clergy Women Project, published a thoughtful and vulnerable piece earlier this week, in which a divorced priest spoke about the ways in which she has had to revise her sexual ethics over the years. I’m honestly not

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A Review of Sorts: Not a Mistake by Amber Belldene

Now that I am a matronly lady, married for over a decade, I think I can finally admit on the internet that I’ve been known to read a romance novel every now and again. And not, like, Christian romance novels, or “Amish” romance, where everyone is basically

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Read this book!

Anthologies are hard. They’re hard to sell to a publisher, in my very limited experience, and they’re supremely hard to edit. There’s often an unevenness in quality; a hoped for diversity of voices can often become more of a cacophony than a symphony. It’s extremely

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Chastened

I greeted my colleague this morning, and he reported that he read my post from Monday. It’s funny. I just started here this summer, and we did a lot of talking before then about how we would interact as colleagues, and as associate/senior. How we’d

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A change has got to come

Last Thursday, several of my colleagues were in the car, driving to our staff appreciation lunch, talking about the housing market, property values and neighborhoods as one of our number will soon be moving out of state and trying to sell his house. We started

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Vast Rock of Materiality and a Real Angel

It was my great privilege to preach on Easter morning for the congregation at Rockefeller Chapel yesterday.  It’s been a number of years since I actually preached on Easter — and it’s the best and worst pastoral task: it’s the greatest story ever told! How do

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Turning on a Dime

Palm/Passion Sunday As our service opened this morning, we heard proclamations of wonder and joy from the children of the congregation; we waved palms in procession, we sang all glory, laud and honor to our Redeemer King. We journeyed with Jesus into the city; we

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