Episode 18 - Mark Russell

Mark Russell is hilarious. Mark Russell is irreverent. Mark Russell believes that GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU. So much so that he wrote a book about it with the same title. He is also the author of the very popular DC reboot of the comic Prez which is about a teenage girl who becomes the President of the United States. Mark uses humor in ways that bring us closer to the things he is satirizing. His books about religion, including the upcoming Apocryphal Now, explore the complexity of religious faith in ways that both celebrate the deep wisdom and transformative power of the biblical text AND criticize the ways this very text has been used to justify diminishing other people's dignity and common humanity. 

Here we discuss how he uses humor to simultaneously support and undercut religious faith, the surprisingly worst character in the book of Job and how he views his recent success without losing perspective.