Birds and Buddhists in NYC

I wrote a piece for the great website Religion Dispatches about a ceremony involving bird rehabilitators and Buddhist monks in Central Park.  You can read it here.

Updates and Action Pics: New Yorker, New York Times, Klosterman, ABA Journal…

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...

Praise for The Odd Clauses in Slate

Calling it “freakishly prescient” (maybe the nicest thing anyone’s ever said about one of my books) and “a vital guide to . . . formerly ignored constitutional nooks and crannies.”  Full piece...

Some Great New Publicity for When God Isn’t Green

My new book, When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practices and Environmentalism Collide, was released last Tuesday, March 15th, and it has gotten some really nice publicity so far.  Here’s a sampling: The Daily Beast ran an excerpt from the chapter on palm forests in Guatemala and Mexico for Palm Sunday. A nice review from MacLean’s Magazine in Canada. Another great review from Foreword. I did this show with Uprising Radio in Los Angeles, which was really fun (more radio is also on the...