Category Archive: Music

Dec 21 2011

A Very Special Christmas Song — No, Really

queen bohemian rhapsody

Is this the Yuletide? It’s such a mystery Will I be denied Or will there be gifts for me? Come down the stairs Look under the tree and see… And it’s time, once again, for my annual plug for my candidate for the Best Christmas Song Parody Evar: Christmas Rhapsody, Pledge Drive’s Christmas-themed parody of …

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Nov 03 2011


I am correcting a terrible, terrible mistake. I posted a piece the other day, Letting the World Surprise You: Secular Transcendence and, Once Again, Morris Dancing. In it, I said this: And since I now think that this life is the only one I’m ever going to have, I feel much more driven to experience …

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Sep 16 2011

I have my archives!

I have my archives from my old blog! They’re here! With comments and everything! They’re even in the right categories! Images and videos didn’t make it over, and there are a handful of posts that didn’t make it and that I’ll have to put in by hand. (For some reason, it didn’t like my posts …

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Sep 14 2011

Bad Religion to Play at Reason Rally!


Big news! The band Bad Religion will be playing at the Reason Rally for a one-hour performance immediately before the closing remarks! The Reason Rally, for those of you who aren’t yet familiar, is the upcoming atheist/ humanist/ skeptic/ secular March on Washington, scheduled for March 24, 2012. It’s expected to be the largest gathering …

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Jul 01 2011

“Evolved This Way”: My Atheist Evolution-Themed Lady Gaga “Born This Way” Song Parody

Carl Sagan told me when I was young We are all made of stars And Darwin said all life’s descended from Ancient common ancestors… * Don’t get me wrong. I like Lady Gaga. I respect Lady Gaga. I’m even reasonably fond of “Born This Way” (although I do think it’s awfully goddamn close to “Express …

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Dec 24 2010

10 Christmas Carols Even An Atheist Could Love

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Update: I have removed “Here Comes Santa Claus” from my Honorable Mentions list, since it was pointed out that the the last two verses do mention God, in a freakish mix of the Jesus and Santa mythologies. Thanks for the correction! What do you do if you’re an …

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Dec 13 2010

10 Best Christmas Songs for Atheists

What do you do if you’re an atheist who likes Christmas carols? It’s widely assumed that atheists, by definition, hate Christmas. And it’s an assumption I’m baffled by. I like Christmas. Lots of atheists I know like Christmas. Heck, even Richard Dawkins likes Christmas. Plenty of atheists recognize the need for rituals that strengthen social …

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Dec 07 2010

A Very Special Christmas Song — No, Really

Is this the Yuletide? It’s such a mystery Will I be denied Or will there be gifts for me? Come down the stairs Look under the tree and see… It’s December now, which means it’s officially okay for me to start talking about Christmas. (A holiday that I actually do enjoy.) So here is my …

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Sep 24 2010

Don’t Feed the Stars!: Celebrity Bodies and Gossip’s New Schizophrenia

“It’s sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach… and some seeds.” “I swear by almost nothing for breakfast. Mugs of hot water!” “The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry.” “I hate dieting… I’m hungry all the time.” These quotes aren’t from a medical journal. They’re …

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Aug 31 2010

Lady Gaga: Music Videos As Porn

This piece was originally published on CarnalNation. I realize that I’m late to the Lady Gaga party. (Hey, I’m 48 years old. Cut me some slack.) But I gotta say — I’m impressed. If I just listened to her music, I’d only be moderately interested. I think her music is perfectly fun, well- above- average …

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