Anthony Mathenia

Shane Crash: Looking for Love

Shane Crash lies before me in a hos­pi­tal bed, his nat­u­ral­ly lithe frame slight­ly bloat­ed from the steroid injec­tions he has been tak­ing for recent­ly diag­nosed Crohn’s dis­ease.  Despite the intense pain of the inflam­ma­tion and the chem­i­cal stu­por of mor­phine, Shane is in good spir­its.  Just this morn­ing, I awoke to find his most […]

Welcome to Cairo

The city of Cairo sits at the dead end of Illi­nois and on the edge of obliv­ion. In this trav­el­ogue we vis­it a town that has fall­en on hard times and falling apart, but not with­out a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic charm.

Prevented From Entering the Kingdom Hall

This past Tues­day marked the most impor­tant night of the year for Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es as it was the aside for the Memo­r­i­al of Christ’s Death. The annu­al com­mem­o­ra­tion of Jesus’ death is the most wide­ly attend­ed Jehovah’s Wit­ness meet­ing of the year with spe­cial cam­paigns con­duct­ed to invite the pub­lic to join them at local […]

Review — The Coldest Hour (Is Just Before The Dawn) by Akai

A look at the The Cold­est Hour Is Before the Dawn by Akai. It is a dis­ser­ta­tion eval­u­at­ing the music album an artis­tic, reli­gious state­ment of Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es. It exam­ines the views of Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es toward the world around them as well as their own hopes and fears. Com­par­i­son are drawn between this view­point and what is offered by Jesus.

Book Review — I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah’s Witness Upbringing

The extend­ed three day week­end of decid­ed­ly unso­cial, social oblig­a­tions pro­vid­ed me with the lux­u­ry of being able to lounge around and read Kyr­ia Abraham’s humor­ous mem­oir, I’m Per­fect, You’re Doomed: Tales of a Jehovah’s Wit­ness Upbring­ing. When it comes to talk­ing about her life, Kyr­ia is a very good sto­ry teller, par­tic­u­lar­ly adept at […]