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Preacher's Daughter: Gillian Welch's "Dark Turn of Mind"

Americana artist Gillian Welch has always included southern Christian imagery in her work. Though not native to the South, her music is at its most comfortable when it explores the tragedy and violence of working-class survival in the region. Welch and partner David Rawlings write and record sparse... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Q&A with Lesbian Christian Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Knapp

In May, Religion Dispatches published my first interview with former... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Mourning and Spirituality in Steve Reich's Response to 9/11

Responses to September 11 have been fraught from the start. As I thought through the problem of grief over the weekend, I was gratified that... Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Leftovers

What if the Rapture happened, but it wasn’t like anyone had expected? In fact, what if “Rapture” might... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Class Consciousness in Mavis Staples' "You Are not Alone"

Mavis Staples—gospel singer, soul artist and Civil Rights activist—is nothing short of a living legend. She started singing gospel with her family in the 1950s and had a successful Stax career as front woman for the Staple Singers. Though the family specialized in gospel, Staples’ raw vocals and... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: St. Vincent's "Cruel" Take on Labor

Over the weekend, St. Vincent’s upcoming album, Strange Mercy, started streaming on NPR. The woman behind the band,... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: An Introduction

My name is Kristin Rawls, and, yes, I am a preacher’s daughter. I’m in my early 30s, and I was raised in an unusual blend of Protestant traditions. The preacher (my dad) grew up in the Southern Baptist church, got “saved” during the Pentecostal-influenced “Jesus movement” of the 1970s... Read more »

Dark of the Matin

Despite the obvious social critiques in the books, I never consciously drew parallels between the wizarding world and my world. I wanted Harry Potter to exist in a vacuum. But as the books went on, the back stories grew more complex, the danger became more insidious and intimidating, and the... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: About the US Killing

So, hopefully I’ve sold you on Sarah Lund and the Danish TV series Forbrydelsen now. But what about that US remake, The Killing? Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Barbara MacEwen & the Haters of New York

Still thrilled about New York’s victory for marriage equality? Yep, me too. I wish I could have finished off Pride month in the Big Apple amongst millions of ecstatic fellow QUILTBAGs. You know who’s not as happy, though? Douchebaggery all-stars like... Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »