The Mutual Exclusivity of Scalia’s Brilliance and Goodness

There’s an old rhetorical exercise that asks how God can be both all-powerful and all-loving when pain and tragedy exist in the world. Christians have some bullshit workaround for this logical impossibility that I don’t remember (one of the benefits of being an atheist is you don’t have to carry that shit around in your head […]

Epitaph; Or, What Do You Want In Your Tombstone Story?

Epitaph; Or, What Do You Want In Your Tombstone Story?

I have mixed feelings about Mary Doria Russell’s Epitaph. It’s prequel, Doc, was a charming, gripping, and heartfelt story, not shy of difficult subjects or characters. This is something I tremendously value in Russell’s writing, and made me eager to keep reading.  But Epitaph was different than Doc. Harder, darker. What would have been, in […]