August 20, 2011
WaPo compares Jeff Sharlet to Didion, McPhee, Mailer
There are three (previously) new books sitting on my desk that are awaiting a post on this blog. I always like getting review copies, but I’m miserable about cracking them open and then offering some commentary within a relevant time period. (Note to book publishers.) So when Jeff Sharlet told me about his new book last week, I decided that, for once, I wouldn’t take a review copy.
I’m regretting that unusual act of discipline. I’ve written about Sharlet’s previous books and mentioned him more than a few times on this blog. He’s long been a great religion writer. And his latest book, “Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness and the Country in Between,” appears to be nothing new. At least for Sharlet.
Here’s a review from The Washington Post that gushes:
What Sharlet has done best since his days founding Killing The Buddha with Peter Manseau is get to the heart of why people believe what they believe, regardless of whether its a faith in religion or anti-religion, and to capture real portraits of real people, not just the caricatures who get obsessed over by so much of the mainstream media.