Tuttle in the Balance

A Novel

For a painless lesson in constitutional theory for the layman, underscoring the “lay,” you’ve got to read this book.
—Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School


Coming December 2015

When God Isn't Green

A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide

Coming March 2016


Latest Updates

Mini Tuttle Tour Set

As the pub date for Tuttle in the Balance approaches, I’ve set up a few events in the northeast to read and discuss the book and celebrate its entrance into the world and sign copies.  Here are the details. (1) Boston. Tuesday Dec. 8 at 7 pm at the Harvard Bookstore. (2) New York. Thursday Dec. 10 at Cardozo Law, Room 303, at 7:00, in conversation with special guest awesome and funny federal district court judge Paul Oetken, sponsored by the American Constitution Society. (3) Washington DC. Monday, Dec 14 at 6 at Teaism Penn Quarter, sponsored by the American Constitution Society. (4) Philadelphia. Tuesday Dec. 15, at the Ethical Society building in Rittenhouse Square, at 7, with special guest comedian, writer, and all around funny guy Brian Foley Please come out–I love to meet readers, and I always draw a picture when I sign a book, and the picture is usually of a talking piece of...

New Book Contract with Stanford University Press!

I am delighted to announce that I will be writing a new book for Stanford University Press.  It will be my first book with an academic press, and having graduated from Stanford Law and being a huge fan of the Stanford Tree (who plays an important role in my debut novel, by the way) I couldn’t be happier that it will be with Stanford U. Press.  The book is very tentatively titled, “Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Wiccans, Satanists, and Other Non-Christians are Demanding Their Rightful Place in American Public Life,” and if things all go well, it should be published sometime in 2018.  Here is a little summary of the book that I wrote up when I tried to sell it: OUR NON-CHRISTIAN NATION: HOW ATHEISTS, WICCANS, SATANISTS AND OTHER NON-CHRISTIANS ARE DEMANDING THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE A Wiccan family convinces the US government to allow a pentagram on their loved one’s grave in Arlington Cemetery. The Senate invites a Hindu to give the opening prayer before a session, but abortion protestors shout the priest down. In Utah, a religious group that believes in mummification goes to the Supreme Court seeking the right to put up their “Seven Aphorisms” monument next to a town’s Ten Commandments monument, but loses. An Islamic school causes an uproar in Louisiana when it seeks to participate in the state’s voucher program to receive public funds. And in Orange County, Florida, the school district suspends its policy allowing religious groups to distribute reading material when a Satanist group starts handing out a coloring book as an alternative to the materials...

My Book About Religious Practices and the Environment Available for Pre-order

In case you’re starting your Easter shopping early this year, you can pre-order my forthcoming book When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide now on Amazon.  It won’t be released until March of 2016, but you have a lot of things to do that month and it might slip your mind so you might as well order it now. ...

Teaching a Humor Writing Workshop at the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference

For those who are not familiar with it, the Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference, held every year for the past decade in November on the gorgeous and weird-bird-filled island of Sanibel off the western coast of Florida, is a fantastic four-day get-together of writers, songwriters, and aspiring writers and songwriters.  I’ve been part of a lot of conferences in my days, but the two times I’ve taught at the SIWC have been the most fun of all of them by far.  I’m part of the faculty again this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from coming, because the presenters who are running workshops are otherwise unbelievable.  The workshop I’m “teaching” is called “Humor Outside the Humor Piece,” and it’s about adding humor to longer pieces of both fiction and non-fiction (the premise is that you don’t have to be funny in the humor piece or SNL skit way to be funny–personally I come up with a good idea for a humor piece about once a year).  The dates this year are November 5-8.  I hope that if you’re anywhere near the area (or even if you aren’t) you’ll consider coming down and saying hello.  Registration is now...

The Pope Raises Profile of “When God Isn’t Green”

Playing directly into our counter-narrative marketing strategy, the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment has, according to Publisher’s Weekly, raised the profile of my forthcoming book on religious practices that harm the environment, When God Isn’t Green: A Worldwide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (coming in March 2016, available for pre (really really pre!) order now).  After listing a number of books about religion and the environment that have just been published or will soon be published, PW notes that my book takes “a different tack”: Taking a different tack is When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (Beacon, Mar. 2016). Instead of arguing how faith can positively influence Earth-care, law professor Jay Wexler describes religious practices around the world that harm the natural world. Publisher Beacon cites examples: “Hindus in Mumbai carrying twenty-five foot plaster idols of Ganesh into the sea or Taoists in Hong Kong creating poisonous fumes by burning bushels of ‘ghost money’ or American Palm Sunday celebrants contributing to the deforestation of Central American palm forests.” Wexler weighs the complicated social and religious issues and seeks ways to resolve them. I always knew I liked this...

“When Religion Pollutes” Presentation at Harvard

It was an honor to present my paper, “When Religion Pollutes,” which is an offshoot of my book on religious practices that harm the environment (out in Spring of 2016 from Beacon Press) at the recent Petrie-Flom Center’s conference on religion, law, and public health.  The Harvard Crimson was nice enough to write a small piece on it (there’s even a nice picture, one of the last where I have my beard).  I may have never made it on the Harvard Lampoon, but at least I’ve finally made the...

“Tuttle in the Balance” available for pre-order

My debut novel “Tuttle in the Balance,” which will be published on December 7th, can be pre-ordered here.  Because it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Weird that Amazon says the book will weigh 1.7 pounds when it doesn’t exist yet.  How do they know? Maybe we will use special heavy...