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Jon's last few articles in America:

June 2, 2017

Telling Lives: The confusing business of biography

"We all have books we enjoy and authors we enjoy, and the two are not always in tandem. A novel may enthrall me, but the interview I hear with its author may dampen my enthusiasm. Samuel Johnson once said, “Those whom the appearance of virtue, or the evidence of genius, have tempted to a nearer knowledge of the writer in whose performances they may be found, have indeed had frequent reason to repent their curiosity.” I’ve had that experience..."

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February 16, 2017

From the academy, books that think (and a few that sell)

"Each year, 9,000 professors of religion and biblical studies attend the joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is a major opportunity for book publishers to meet with potential authors and to market what is new to one of their core audiences. That is why I was there..."

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October 27, 2016

Why we need Catholics telling stories in every possible way

"I was in the archives at the University of Notre Dame looking through boxes of correspondence when I came across the following letter, dated Sept. 4, 1968, from a 40-year-old priest named Andrew Greeley to Philip Scharper, the editorial director at Sheed & Ward..."

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The article Jon write about Phyllis Tickle, after her death, for National Catholic Reporter:

October 5, 2015

Poet, prophet, portable pastor: remembering Phyllis Tickle

"On a beautiful fall evening in November 2007, Phyllis Tickle, 73, was standing at a podium, a familiar posture for her. She wouldn't remain behind it for long; she never did. She moved around the dais, taking it as her responsibility to make the most of the moment she'd been given. She learned from her father that a lecture was an opportunity never to be squandered, an occasion to influence minds and hearts. She was dressed in a worn, dark, wool skirt, a plain blouse, and a floppy gray wool jacket. Back in the early 1990s at Publishers Weekly..."

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Jon at The Huffington Post:

May 22, 2014

Hell Is a Myth — Actually, a Bunch of Myths

"If I had the opportunity to meet Paul of Tarsus in the flesh, I’d take it in a heartbeat. I’d meet him on a sunny afternoon in June at one of those lovely places along the Via del Colosseo in Rome. I’d ask him questions about his pre-conversion life. Did you ever attend a gladiator match in the Forum over there? Did Russell Crowe portray it well? Did you ever personally stone a Christian to death, or did you just watch it happen?..."

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