Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between
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About the Author
Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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The book belongs to the tradition of long-form, narrative journalism best exemplified by writers such as Joan Didion, John McPhee, Norman Mailer and Sharlet's contemporary David Samuels. Sharlet deserves a place alongside such masters, for he has emerged as a master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion's underexplored realms.--Michael Washburn
For Sharlet, the story of American religion is not a polarized one of fundamentalists vs. secularists. It's a vast landscape, and each essay in his remarkable new collection of literary journalism explores a different crag or cranny of it.... There's no better guide to this 'country in between.'--Brook Wilensky-Lanford
Superb... Compelling... Stunning... A fine book, by a deeply thoughtful writer.--Steve Yarbrough
A Must-Read.... Brilliant portraits of the religious fringe...fleshed out in lush three-dimensional detail--a lifetime in a dozen pages, a biography distilled to its purest elements.... Sharlet impresses with his ability to mine the common humanity that lingers in even the most radically minded thinkers.