Happy Birthday, Leo Tolstoy! Sincerely, Gandhi

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEO TOLSTOY! Any of the tens of millions of Internet users who headed over to Google yesterday noticed a special Google Doodle marking the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. Normally we associate the literary Count with epic tomes like War and Peace and Anna Karenina. We think of glimmering ballrooms with […]

Christian Right Weekly Round-Up: Leo Tolstoy & the R-Rated Wild, Wild West

Pastor Pillow here! Our morning service opens with a Kierkegaardean Either/Or “Choose Your Own Adventure” worship program. Either embrace the light and open your hymnals to No. 829. Or raise your right arm stiffly and bellow the “Horst Wessel” at No. 109. Yeah, the former song’s a bit schlocky, and might even require that you […]

To Uncle Sam, in Lieu of Flowers, for Your Son Trayvon

What to give our Beloved Uncle Sam in belated celebration of his 49th Anniversary to his yearning bride, the Civil Rights Act? Fifty years of marital bliss is gold, but we’re not quite there. Etiquette lists inform me that for 49 years it is appropriate to give our white-bearded, svelte emperor “LUXURIES, ANY KIND.” And […]

Gandhi vs. Wolverine: The Adamantium of Peace

It is a first conversation that fathers the world over have eagerly anticipated dating back to the days of ancient Uruk: “Father, tell us about the time that Gilgamesh and Enkidu defeated the evil giant Humbaba.” “Oh, all right. Hop up on my lap. One day, not long after Gilgamesh and his hairy friend Enkidu […]