In the past year, you may have seen this profile of Stpehen Burt, “poetry’s cross-dressing kingmaker,” and this lengthy review of the new collection from Janet Malcolm. A recent piece that I am proud of is my long profile of anti-gay-rights activist Maggie Gallagher, which ran in early 2012 in Salon. I have written many pieces for The New York Times Magazine, including articles about my street, Scientology, New Age diva Louise Hay, an evangelical Christian college’s first dance, and the renunciation of atheism by the philosopher Antony Flew. I also write for Slate, The Nation, and Mother Jones. I am the biweekly religion columnist for The New York Times, and you can find an archive of those columns here. Some favorite columns include this profile of the man who tracks what’s kosher at Starbucks, this piece on retired birth-control opponents, and this look at a lesbian anti-gay-marriage activist.
My latest book, Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate, was published in 2010. You can buy it here. I am also the author of two other books, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture and Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America.
I think I am the only living writer to have contributed to both The Christian Century and Playboy.