JSB Morse

Race is Fake

  There is a long, dubious history of people separating humanity into groups based on appearance but it has consistently been arbitrary and illogical. Mostly racial groups are based on phenotypic characteristics (skin, hair, and eye color and head size and shape). The application of this simple classification is pretty obvious, especially when mapped out where we’re to believe that… Read more →

A Transplant’s Guide to Louisiana King Cake

Each year, while the rest of the country goes into a post-Christmas frozen-ass depression, Louisiana is partying. From the Epiphany to Lent, it’s Mardi Gras season, complete with parades, really tacky purple, yellow, and gold decorations, and—the best part—delicious king cake! I’ve often said that it took me over 30 years to move to New Orleans, but I’m pretty sure… Read more →

Rootless: A Wondrous and Thought-Provoking YA Adventure

Like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis before him, Taylor Brown mixes fantastical characters in a magical setting with profound underlying Christian themes for a wonderfully vivid experience. But unlike those classic authors, Brown incorporates a much more intriguing plot and the reader is invested in the plight of a talking tree-like creature among others, more so than with Hobbits or… Read more →

What Does it Mean to be Free? Review of The Free State of Jones

Netwon Knight decided at one point during the South’s secession from the United States, that he didn’t want to fight their war. Mississippi had seceded primarily over the issue of slavery and Knight didn’t own any slaves. He saw the conflict as poor people fighting for wealthy people and after losing his nephew, decided he’d had enough. So, he left.… Read more →