September 18, 2005

My Book Now Available for Pre-Ordering at (click here)

I'm very excited to say that my book, A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America, is now available for pre-ordering at Search: A Good War is Hard to Find. The above image is a prototype of the cover designed by Brett Yasko ( Brett's design has already been named one of the Top 50 book designs by the AIGA, the National Professional Organization of Graphic Design. I hope this is an omen of things to come.

Soft Skull Press is publishing the book ( They are the most fearless indy press in the country. Based in Brooklyn, NYC, they have had huge successes as of late, most recently with David Rees' Get Your War On, a comic strip lampooning attitudes toward the War on Terror and. The release date is set for early February '06.

My book will be the first book published by Soft Skull dealing with political and cultural issues from a Christian position. Richard Nash, the head of Soft Skull, told me that in order for the press to stay true to its indy spirit that they must publish the most challenging and fresh points of view out there. For this, I am grateful. (Check out their site for their latest project: publishing fiction by inner-city New Orleans youth.)

More on the book: The first chapter of my book was published at last June under the title, "A Good War is Hard to Find: Flannery O'Connor, Abu Ghraib and the Problem of American Innocence."

Another of the chapters, "Prime Directive," is out this month is the new issue of Greg Wolfe's fabulous literary magazine, IMAGE: A Journal of Religion and the Arts ( ). Look for it.

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