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Song of Solomon

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

Sex in the Urban City

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 11.25.2012 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

I headed over to The Triad for the Saturday night show but had immediate misgivings when the lean, manicured cocktail waiter had so much sass and attitude I wondered if he were an S&M pre-show element (which he may well have been).

God And Gender: Missing The Divine For The Sign

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

The bottom line is that the language of gender is no different than the language of emotions or consciousness. These are descriptions of the human experience of the divine.

The Song Of Songs: Passover's Poetic Wonder

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

One of my favorite Passover rituals is the reading in synagogue of the biblical book the Song of Songs. Its images evoke spring and are perfect for this season of rebirth.

Portraits Of Authors In Their Own Words

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books

People say that the lines in your face are representative of the life you’ve led – as in, love your laugh lines because clearly you’ve had a goo...

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison: Remembering The Author On Her Special Day

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today is Toni Morrison's 80th birthday. Born in Ohio, educated at Howard University and Cornell, Morrison's writing career started in earnest with her...

'Harry Potter,' 'The Giver,' 'Lolita,' 'Howl'

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Wilbur

"Lolita," for instance, is now "Likable Rapists." It makes you think that perhaps these new titles are what censors out there really see.

The Bible As Porn?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Recently, atheist students at a Texas university offered porn in exchange for Bibles arguing, "same diff." Inflammatory, to be sure, but are they right?