Man! What a week. Things have been busy here in Austin Town. First, most of us spent days early in the week doing our individual photo shoots and interviews with Chris Johnson for his book project A Better Life. Some of you will remember, back in the spring, my promoting the Kickstarter fund drive for this little project. Well, it worked out for him, becoming the second-highest-funded publishing project in Kickstarter history. And now Chris is in the midst of his busy nationwide tour photographing 100 atheists for the enhancement of heathen coffee tables everywhere. Below the jump, you can see some clips from the interviews he did with us.
Then yesterday and today, ACA played host to Teresa MacBain of American Atheists and The Clergy Project, which is designed to help ministers and pastors who have figured out it’s all a steaming pile with their transition to atheism. Teresa is herself a former fundamentalist Methodist minister who only finally faced up to her nonbelief about a year ago. The story of her deconversion is a brave and sad one, contrasting the welcoming sense of fellowship (to borrow a favorite word of Christians) she’s received from the godless community with the utter loathing, anger, and shunning she’s experienced from her former friends and church members. We were proud to have her participate in a special 2-hour show today, which also featured a lovely little moment of videobombing by Aron Ra.
Our annual Bat Cruise was yesterday. This is where we rent a big boat for the privilege of being pooped on by the several million bats who famously live under Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge, the largest urban bat population in America. This year was one of the most fun cruises yet, and next year is already set up. So mark your calendars for September 28, 2013, and get your asses to Austin!
Anyway, some pics from the cruise are up on the AXP Facebook page, and the aforementioned vids are after the jump. Me for some sleep.
Studio photo above from Facebook courtesy Graemme Grim Glam Gilman.