So What is this “Zero-Budget Christmas” Anyway?

As I’ve mentioned previously (repeatedly and loudly), I wrote a little book called Zero-Budget Christmas: The Almost Entirely True Story of Our Quest to Do Our Christmas Shopping Without Spending Any Money. Recently, I’ve been asked more than a few times, “Hey, what’s that book thing all about?” While I tried to cover it in that ridiculously long title, the More …

Book! Book! Book! Book! Book! Book! Book! Book!

From all the changes to the blog and the sparse posting lately, you may have suspected that something was up. And you you would be right! I’ve written a book called Zero-Budget Christmas: The Almost Entirely True Story of Our Quest to Do Our Christmas Shopping Without Spending Any Money¬†and self-published it on Amazon’s Kindle ebook store. If you didn’t More …

Besmirching the Name "Aslan"

Justin Taylor has a round-up of reviews for Zealot, that book about Jesus that’s causing such a stir, written by Reza Aslan. (I’m sorry, I know Aslan. I’ve read about Aslan. And you, sir, are no Aslan.) If you’re looking for pointed criticisms about the book, you’ll find them here, including stuff like this: Aslan repeatedly presents highly unlikely interpretations More …

Chaos!

I’m a big fan of chaos myself. It brings us all kinds of entertaining things, like Jesse Ventura’s term as governor of Minnesota, and Gangham Style. Nassim Nicholas Taleb appears to agree with me, and he’s written a book that I’m going to have to check out: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder. From the review in the Daily Beast: More …

Calling the Atheists’ Bluff

Well here’s an interesting-looking book: A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists. I think you’ll find the promo video as interesting as I did. Actually, I think the Tyson quote is, “Everybody’s got a plan until you get punched in the mouth” (said in hilarious but terrifying squeaky voice), but More …

Book Review: The Selfless Gene, Or God Really Wants Us All to Be Filthy Hippies

I recently had the opportunity (courtesy of the good folks at Booksneeze and their complementary reviewer’s copy) to read The Selfless Gene, Charles Foster’s retort to Darwinist absolutists and other atheists like Richard Dawkins who have been having such a literary field day lately.¬† The short version of my review is: He had me, then he lost me. The extended More …