Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Place Where Kindness Goes to Die

I’m skeptical of a Facebook post’s ability to enact real change in the world. Like, I don’t care how perfectly that Daily Beast article or that Jezebel article captures exactly what is wrong with the world (and, in rare cases, what should be done to fix it)—chances are anything that’s truly wrong with the world […]

Bits of badness

[The overwrought photo-metaphor: which way to turn?] I’ve (for no apparent reason) been keeping a mental tally, in the past couple weeks, of Times When I Know I’m Sort Of Being Horrible But Can’t Help It. (The capital letters are probably overdramatic, but I’m going to press on.) Here’s a sampling (past events, present tense): […]

“My religion is better than your religion.” “Nuh-uh.”

It didn’t take long for me to start judging the man who was giving the sermon. Has anyone ever said to you, “Call yourself a Christian?” after you do something bad? he said. It’s happened to me many times. But I’ve never heard anyone say, “Call yourself a Muslim?” or Buddhist, or Hindu. I have. […]