Marginalia Madness: Three New Interviews (And We're On iTunes!)

Art Remillard

Molly Worthen's "Billy Graham and the fracture of American evangelicalism" was the "most-read" post in 2013 for Ed Blum's "Then and Now" blog on Christian Century. This distinction indicates to me that when Professor Worthen is part of a conversation, many, many people pay attention. I just checked the hit count for D. G. Hart's RiAH review Worthen's new book, Apostles of Reason. It's a runaway winner of the "Post of the Month" award (if, in fact, there was such an award). I suspect that Fred Clark's response to Hart's review over at Patheos resulted in a similar spike in page views

So it comes as no surprise that my interview with Molly Worthen for the Marginalia Review of Books has brought some heavy traffic to the site. It didn't hurt that John Fea helped spread the word, as did NCR blogger, Michael Sean Winters. So join the party if you haven't already, and determine for yourself what makes Worthen such a compelling historian. For a longer interview, check out Ray Haberski's chat with Molly at New Books in Intellectual History. Or for a slightly shorter one, listen to her on North Carolina NPR.

After that, tune in to hear from another important author who has been getting some positive RiAH coverage of late. Earlier this year, I talked with Carolyn Dupont about her book Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975. This is a fitting compliment to another interview I did with Stephen Haynes on The Last Segregated Hour. Taken together, these books provide fresh insights into the religious debates of the civil rights era.  

Finally, I had the pleasure of talking with Samantha Baskind about her new book, Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America. During our discussion, she offered an overview of the religious art of Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj.

Baskind is an art historian who has a particular skill in telling her stories with clarity and careful thought. Put another way, she writes for a broad audience. And I expect that many American religious historians will want to read this book. Additionally, Penn State University Press did an outstanding job of illustrating the text with artwork. This alone makes the book worth every penny.

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