I’ve been delinquent in updating, so here is a sort of omni-post with updates since the last time I got around to updating:
The New Yorker wrote a nice paragraph about When God Isn’t Green in connection with my book talk at the NYU Bookstore:
We presume that the Garden of Eden was well tended to, that Buddhist monks are inseparable from the lush landscapes they inhabit, and that fasting during Ramadan must help conserve some resources. The author and professor Jay Wexler disassociates the tangentially conflated schools of religion and environmentalism in “When God Isn’t Green,” a nonfiction book that examines a widespread array of religious practices that happen to cause more harm to the environment than good. It’s a counterintuitive but fascinating prospect—Wexler visits Singapore, Guatemala, India, Alaska, and other locales, imagining how different societies might practice their faith with a closer consideration for the planet on which they worship.
I was quoted in a New York Times piece about Justice Scalia’s ability to get [laughs] during oral argument:
“Scalia was in a whole other league when it came to getting laughs at oral argument,” said Jay D. Wexler, a law professor at Boston University and a leading authority on Supreme Court humor. “If the court were a high school baseball program, Scalia was the ace of the varsity pitching staff, and everyone else played third-string utility infield for the J.V. squad.”
Chuck Klosterman, one of my favorite authors, whose road-trip book about dead rock stars was one of the inspirations for Holy Hullabaloos, interviewed me for his great new book But What if We’re Wrong? on the question of whether we might look back in 100 or 200 years and blame the Constitution for the collapse of the Republic. You can read my comments on pages 208-211 of the book. I’m particularly excited to follow George Washington and Orson Welles in the index! My favorite quote from the book is on page 208, where he writes: “[Wexler is] fascinated by ideas like the separation of powers . . . He will directly exclaim, ‘I love the separation of powers!” which is a weird thing to exclaim.”
The ABA Journal lists Tuttle in the Balance as one of ten Supreme Court novels to get your mind off of the nomination battle.
Library Journal reviewed When God Isn’t Green, recommending it for “anyone seeking a comprehensive account of environmental ethics, environmental law, and the role of religion.”
Finally, here are some action shots from my readings over the past year, wooo hoo!
Rochester Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State: