Track-by-Track: “Sweet Chocolate Jesus”

I was a little worried that some listeners might find this track offensive, much as fans found John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" comment offensive in 1966. Fortunately for me, my fan base isn't quite as large as that of the Beatles, so the backlash against this song, should there be any, won't be that…Read more Track-by-Track: “Sweet Chocolate Jesus”

Is Nothing Sacred?

My short essay on religion and postmodernism, titled "Is Nothing Sacred?," is now up at The First Day. Here's an excerpt: Because we live in a world where so many different cultures live side-by-side, we’ve been forced to realize that we all use different stories, for lack of a better word, to make sense of…Read more Is Nothing Sacred?

Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?

A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?