Sing a New Song
by Kurt Baumeister
Once upon a time, in the 1980’s, in America…
“The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.”
― Jerry Falwell
There was Mayor Randolph on the television saying how the American Dream was freedom of religion and this right couldn’t be denied, nor would it be a safe America or a safe world or a safe anything until any, any, religion was allowed a place to congregate and hold services and the like, said safe place to be furnished solely at the taxpayer’s expense. And it was okay when the Catholics showed up, even the Shintoists and the Buddhists, they were alright; but when the Third Church of Satan moved in next door, that was when all the trouble started.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Matt Bell and Rachel Cusk, new writing by Salman Rushdie, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Federico Falco and Elon Green, writers on football, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kristen Millares Young’s new novel, an interview with Adam Wilson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Meredith Talusan and Ilana Masad, new nonfiction from Justin Taylor, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new nonfiction by Jami Attenberg, a review of Amber Sparks’s new collection, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Lucy Ellmann, reviews of books by Leland Cheuk and T Fleischmann, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Hanne Ørstavik and Touré, Constance Squires and Kurt Baumeister in conversation, and more.