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Mormonism’s other glam rock star

March 9, 2007 | 17 comments
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Mormonism’s other glam rock star

By now, everyone knows about Arthur Killer Kane, the bassist of the New York Dolls who converted to Mormonism. But there is another significant Mormon connection to the 1970s glam rock scene. Read more »

DT Demo

February 16, 2007 | 27 comments
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I’m a sentimental guy, but really. I received the following email today from the BYU alumni association: Read more »

Did Brigham hate your 501′s?

September 28, 2006 | 38 comments
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Here’s the lead from an article in today’s New York Times: “IN the 1830’s, when men’s pants were first tailored with buttons visible down the front of the fly, the Mormon leader Brigham Young discouraged the population from wearing them, calling them ‘fornication pants.’” Read more »

The horror

September 19, 2006 | 34 comments
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I found this post today on a Craigslist San Francisco real estate forum: Read more »

MySpace Mormons

August 31, 2006 | 53 comments
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MySpace recently overtook Yahoo as the most-visited website in the US. Read more »

“There is nobody against this—nobody, nobody, nobody, but a bunch of mothers!”

April 25, 2006 | 85 comments
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Jane Jacobs passed away today in Toronto. She was 89 years old. Read more »

Mormonsploitation!!

December 9, 2005 | 57 comments
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That is the name of a film series currently going on at the Pioneer Theater in Manhattan’s East Village. Read more »

RSR reviews collected

December 8, 2005 | 17 comments
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With four excellent reviews here on T&S, as well as other discussions around the bloggernacle, you may think you’re covered as far as initial responses to Rough Stone Rolling. Read more »

Supplementing Angels

October 11, 2005 | 57 comments
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A not-so-hypothetical from a reader: Your daughter’s AP English class is using Tony Kushner’s Angels in America as a central part of a semester’s curriculum. You are friends with the teacher and would feel comfortable suggesting that she supplement the Angels module with another book or short story dealing with Mormonism from a different, hopefully “insider,” perspective. What work of Mormon literature would you suggest? Read more »

Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Bob Dylan

June 6, 2005 | 13 comments
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Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, published last year, is not so much a memoir or autobiography, but rather a series of snapshots, each drenched in cultural references, that together create a approximation of Mr. Zimmerman’s character. One of those snapshots gives us Dylan living in an apartment in Greenwich Village owned by a mysterious autodidact named Ray. It’s 1960, Dylan is new to New York, and unknown to the burgeoning folk scene in New York. He hasn’t yet written his first song, but he knows about Joseph Smith and the Adam-God theory. Read more »

12 (or so) Questions for Kathleen Flake

April 27, 2005 | 12 comments
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Back in November, we solicited questions for Kathleen Flake, author of the terrific book The Politics of American Religious Identity (2004). We are now pleased to present her responses. Thanks Professor Flake! 1. How have you negotiated the tension between focusing on Mormon studies versus the broader issues within your discipline? How have your faith and your interest in Mormon studies affected your career at Vanderbilt, if at all? My focus has not been on Mormonism as an end in itself. Rather, I have experimented with using Mormonism as a tool to understand the “broader issues.” Read more »

“Let us walk through the door”

March 27, 2005 | 7 comments
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In honor of this holy day, I offer a favorite poem: “Seven Stanzas for Easter.” John Updike wrote it in 1960 as a university student, as I understand, and published it in a periodical called The Lutheran. ___ Make no mistake: if He rose at all it was as His body; if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the Church will fall. Read more »

Dealing with Abuse in the Church

February 2, 2005 | 84 comments
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Over the last few years, there has been a barrage of accusations, civil suits, and settlements involving child sex abuse that have crippled Catholic dioceses all over the country, both financially and spiritually. Our Church has experienced the same types of issues, but, so far, on a much smaller scale. Read more »

A Memory of Professor Farnsworth

February 1, 2005 | 14 comments
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Yesterday I received an email announcing that my Contracts professor, E. Allan Farnsworth, had passed away. He was a genuinely kind person and a prolific scholar, and a generation of lawyers has relied on his treatise to get through consideration, the parol evidence rule, and the statute of frauds. I’ll always remember him, though, for scaring the heck out of me as a first year. Read more »

Do Mormons Care About Modern Architecture?

January 10, 2005 | 69 comments
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Do Mormons Care About Modern Architecture?

Last month’s issue of Dwell, a shelter/design magazine, featured a cover story about a gorgeous modernist home in Salt Lake City’s Emigration Canyon (pictured below). I hadn’t heard much about modernism in Utah, so I was excited to see how the writer would frame the story and contextualize her account of the home. She took the easy way out, for the most part. Read more »

A Quick Introduction to Blogspeak

December 31, 2004 | 16 comments
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You know the feeling. You’re visiting a blog, you like the post, and you want to add something in the comments. You want to come across as hip and well-read, but also down-to-earth and folksy. What to do? Read more »

Flake on the Crisis of 1905 and the Re-Orientation of Mormonism

December 8, 2004 | 25 comments
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We are soon approaching the year when we’ll celebrate the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth. As we do so, we should also reflect back on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and the legacy of that extraordinarily chaotic period. In The Politics of American Religious Identity, Kathleen Flake vividly illustrates that in 1904 and 1905, the Church was in the midst of deep and grave crisis. Read more »

12 Questions for Kathleen Flake

November 21, 2004 | 20 comments
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12 Questions for Kathleen Flake

We are pleased to announce that Kathleen Flake is the next participant in our 12 Questions series. Read more »

Can a Good Mormon be a Meritocrat?

November 4, 2004 | 41 comments
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I’m not a big fan of much of David Brooks’s writings, as he is often too Manichean to be useful (here’s a good parody). But in the opening pages of Bobos in Paradise, Brooks does a nice job of describing the shift in American culture from a class structure based on lineage or money to one based on education and achievement. Read more »

The King James Bible has competition

November 3, 2004 | 6 comments
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This is off-topic, but I thought I’d put in a word for the 9/11 Commission Report. Read more »

Utah presidential politics

November 2, 2004 | 20 comments
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Not that anyone needs any more suspense tonight, but I’ll be keeping a curious eye on Utah’s election results. Read more »

Sunday with Prophet Bob

October 18, 2004 | 15 comments
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Last night, after helping get the kids to bed, I went to a Bob Dylan concert. I’ve never been to a rock concert on a Sunday before, but I made an exception for Dylan. I’ve had to pass up seeing him on several other prior occasions because of finals, work, or because the show was on a Sunday. But I just couldn’t bring myself to miss him again. I don’t regret it. Read more »

Stanford Regrets Adding Insult to Injury

September 15, 2004 | 18 comments
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I don’t know how I missed this, but apparently during halftime of last week’s Stanford-BYU game, the legenday Stanford Band’s halftime act included five dancers wearing wedding veils — a not-so-subtle dig at the opposing school’s founder. Not to worry, though, the Stanford athletic director issued an apology Monday. Read more »

Brigham Young, Frontiersman

September 8, 2004 | 2 comments
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Brigham Young, Frontiersman

In 1940, 20th Century Fox released Brigham Young, an extravagant epic starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, a 29-year-old Vincent Price (as Joseph Smith), and Dean Jagger as the title character. The film’s world premiere was in Salt Lake City, and the studio spared no expense in promoting the film. The stars were flown into Salt Lake, took part in a parade down Main Street, and dined with President Heber J. Grant in the Lion House. The film premiered simultaneously in seven theatres in Salt Lake — unheard of at the time — and each was filled to capacity. When... Read more »

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