Category Archives: books

WEIT joins Oxford’s “Landmark Science” series

I haven’t rewritten WEIT, and, sadly, didn’t have time to write a new foreword to the book, but it’s just joined the Oxford University Press’s “Landmark Science” Series, acquiring a spiffy new cover (the design of all the covers is similar): Here’s a complete list: Daniel Nettle: Personality Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene Dawkins: The Extended Phenotype […]

Faith Versus Fact paperback out soon

The paperback edition of Faith Versus Fact will be available on May 17, and it will have a fancy gold band on the cover instead of the drabbish band (which was supposed to be shiny gold) that was on the hardcover. It’s about fifteen bucks in the U.S., and you can preorder it from Amazon, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, […]

Freedom of speech: Salman Rushdie on American students, and the latest list of “banned” books

The columnist Clarence Page had a chat with Salman Rushdie, who taught at Emory University, about freedom of speech. (Remember that it was Emory students who got so upset when they saw pro-Trump slogans written in chalk on their campus.) Rushdie was in Washington D.C. to discuss the question, “Should or must art be politically correct?”, […]

Houston this weekend

The Lone Star College Book Fair starts tomorrow in Houston, Texas, and if you live there, drop by and say hi. I’m speaking (or rather discussing) on Saturday at 12:30; it will be a conversation with Dan Barker, who’s discussing his own new book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, at 3:15 the same […]

Lone Star Book Festival, Houston, et moi

Just one more notice that I’ll be appearing at the Lone Star Book Festival in Houston on April 9; the time and venue (John Pickelman Student Conference Center; SCC) are below, and you can get more information here.  I’ll be having a conversation about Faith Versus Fact with Dan Barker, who has his own new book, and we’ll […]

Parade Magazine publishes uncritical article about (goddy) miracle cures

Reader Leon alerted me to a Parade Magazine article in the online Denver Post, “Do you believe in miracles?” (The answer, by the way, is “You SHOULD!”) Parade is the nation’s most widely-circulated magazine (32 million), as it appears each Sunday in over 700 U.S. newspapers. Because of its reach, Carl Sagan used to write for Parade, and […]

Book talk: Houston, April

I love going to Texas. What’s not to like about good BBQ, good scenery, friendly people (I avoid the Republicans), and cowboy boots as an everyday item of clothing? I’ll be in Houston April 9-10 as a “keynote speaker” at the Lone Star Book Fair (see more here), discussing Faith versus Fact with Dan Barker, who’s supposed to […]

French Google commemorates a void and its writer

by Matthew Cobb Click on the image above to refresh it and see the disappearing “e”.  Today’s Google Doodle – in France anyway – marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Georges Perec (1936-1982). Here he is with a lovely cat. Perec was a well-known French author who wrote in a very playful style […]

Time Magazine thought Evelyn Waugh was a woman

This kerfuffle is a sign of the times—or rather of Time Magazine. In a post on February 25, Time gave a list of 100 female authors—their phrase; don’t go after me for not saying “women authors”—read most often in U.S. colleges. (Time‘s list was apparently culled from the list of the Open Syllabus Project.) Kate Turabian and Diana Hacker, who […]

Big kerfuffle on Amazon over the Book of Mormon

Talk about bimodality of opinion! I thought I had it for Faith versus Fact, but if you go over to Amazon and look at the reviews for the Book of Mormon edition published in 1981, you see this: That’s right: 631 reviews, with 96% being either five-star or 1-star—the lowest possible ranking. Clearly something strange is going on […]

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