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Killing the Buddha Lives!

I wish all my “spam” was like this:

Friends, enemies, victims of the capitalism:

Forgive me this single spam I’m sending on behalf of some friends bent on surviving the media die-off by foregoing worldly things, and please consider taking a look at the resurrected Killing the Buddha, under new management with an all new design. Peter Manseau, Jeremy Brothers and I founded Killing the Buddha in 2000, and in the years since it spawned books, won awards, prompted a faithless missionary to confront wild boars (apparently, that’s true), and died several deaths.

We thought it was under for good in 2008, but four new editors — Meera Subramanian, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Makar, and Marissa Dennis — pilfered the graveyard for parts and jacked up the stitched-together corpse with a jolt from the brain-dead body of American journalism, and lo, Killing the Buddha walks the earth again.

If you read it before, forget all that — this is better. If you wrote for it before, write something better. If you wrote about it before — well, recycle your work and get paid twice. If anybody’s still paying.

We all know the media is dying. Why waste your time with the necrotic New York Times? Do you really want to watch Washington Post choke on its own vomit? Are you going to tell your kids that you spent the last days of America refreshing Gawker every half hour to see who’s croaked? Of course not. Choose life. Choose Killing the Buddha.

(If you’re one of those huffy know-nothings who writes indignant emails asking KtB’s editors whether they’d call it “Killing Jesus,” the answer is “sure,” and read this.)

The new editors present the latest sacrifices below: “Victory Through Daughters,” an exclusive excerpt from Kathryn Joyce’s new no-bullshit book, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy, a portrait of a movement of women who believe they need to birth as many babies for culture war as possible; Ilana Stanger-Ross on the Orthodox Jewish lingerie underground in “Perfect Breasts”; and editor Meera Subramanian reporting from India on the anti-Hindu fundamentalist pink underwear campaign. And lots more. The loveliest of Killing the Buddha’s four noble truths (1. no money. 2. no paper. 3. no status.) is this: no orthodoxy. That applies to religion, politics, and our contributors — Killing the Buddha cares not for your pedigree.

It’s so much better than when I was an editor! Please read. Better yet, please write. Killing the Buddha needs fresh brains.


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