Jennifer Michael Hecht

Jennifer Michael Hecht is an intellectual historian, poet, and commentator. She is the author of seven books including Doubt: A History (HarperOne), and Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It with (Yale). Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology (Columbia) won Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “For scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Hecht holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science and European Cultural History from Columbia University. She is finishing a book on poetry and nonreligious ritual for FSG.



Do you taboo? On the silence of nonreligion

Reading Time: 6 minutes I interviewed Barney Frank for Politico in 2013, on why it seemed to be harder to come out as an atheist than as gay. I’m a historian and a poet, not a journalist, but my writing on atheism leads editors to send me on such missions when something newsworthy happens on the theme.  This subject came up because of what happened on Bill Maher’s show. Frank was on the comedy-news-talk-show…

Bad election

Reading Time: < 1 minute They were the worst until much worse came.To get high they smoked girls fed fury for days.Things repeat, but they are not the same. Blood was bad, here comes boiling rain.He sculpts his hair with the ribs of boys.They were the worst until much worse came. They butchered days, then this thief came,gilding his excrement and lying about rain.Thug. It repeats. It’s the ever in never again. Now old vile…

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