Top 20 Most Popular

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Of the 400+ articles and recordings by Valerie Tarico collected here, these  20 are among the most popular. The articles in this short list have appeared at a variety of online news and opinion sites, together receiving over 2 million views and tens of thousands of … Continue reading

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Political Narrative II: Why Some Progressives Are Tearing Each Other Apart

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Progressives are telling two different stories about the world we live in and the future we are trying to create. In important ways, they clash. Human beings are story tellers. Stories help us make meaning of events around us and … Continue reading

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Political Narrative I: This Simple Idea is the Reactor at the Heart of Humanity’s Death Star

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  Many conservative priorities flow from an ancient narrative built around one planet-busting idea—and progressives sometimes fuel it. This article is the first in a series about political and cultural narrative.   Human beings are story tellers. We make sense … Continue reading

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Satanic Temple “Taking Equality Too Far”

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If you have a society that grants religious privilege and exemption and you’re willing to give privilege and exemption to certain groups, then it’s unacceptable to give that only to people who believe in the supernatural.” – Lucien Greaves, cofounder … Continue reading

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The Broom

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When my book of folktales, Deas and Other Imaginings, was published, a few stories didn’t make it in, either because they seemed different from the rest or were written right after it went to press.  They have been sitting in … Continue reading

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The Princess Sisters

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  When my book of folktales, Deas and Other Imaginings, was published, a few stories didn’t make it in, either because they seemed different from the rest or were written right after it went to press.  They have been sitting … Continue reading

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Twitterati Go Nuts over Suggestion that Bible is Badly Written

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God forbid we should talk about the fact that the Bible, despite some wise and lyrical passages, is mostly a boring tangled mess. After a storm of protest on Twitter and in comment threads, Salon retracted and removed my recent … Continue reading

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Why is the Bible So Badly Written?

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Many passages in the Bible would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor, kicked back with a lot of red ink—often, in fact, more red than black. Continue reading

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