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July 31, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
After listening to “a series of attacks from liberal media outlets” against their religion correspondent Lauren Green for her interview with author Reza Aslan, Fox News invited Brent Bozell , president of the Media Research Center, to discuss the controversy Wednesday. He vigorously defended the Fox News correspondent. Last week, Green seemed to inadvertently paint herself into a rhetorical corner while trying to pin down Aslan on the question of his Muslim faith and his motives in writing his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The subsequent 10-minute video went viral , and helped propel “Zealot” up the bestseller lists.
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April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
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OPINION
August 4, 2013 | By Charlotte Allen
Jesus not only saves; it turns out he also sells. UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan's new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," currently occupies the No. 1 spot on Amazon's bestseller list. The Iranian-born Aslan, who converted from Islam to evangelical Christianity as a teenager, then converted back to Islam, has also received the kind of publicity that every liberal author craves: getting dissed on Fox News. In a July 26 interview, Fox religion correspondent Lauren Green peppered him with questions about why he, a Muslim, had written "a book about the founder of Christianity.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Reza Aslan began 2013 as an academic teaching creative writing at UC Riverside. In the summer, he published the book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" and everything changed. Now Aslan is ending his wild year with a movie deal for "Zealot" as well as writing a pilot for cable TV network FX, running the "transmedia" company Boomgen Studios, working on a novel -- and trying to craft the next episode in his unorthodox life as an Internet-era public intellectual. "Zealot," which portrayed Jesus not as a divine being but as an angry rebel, had already hit bestseller lists before an interview Aslan did with Fox News made him a viral video star.
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July 29, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
A cringe-inducing FoxNews.com interview between religion scholar Reza Aslan and "Spirited Debate" host Lauren Green has gone viral, with Buzzfeed calling it “the most embarrassing interview Fox News has ever done.” Aslan's book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” paints a portrait of Jesus based on the tumultuous era in which he lived and the threat he posed to the stability of the Roman Empire. His version of Jesus doesn't completely jibe with the pacifist figure of the Gospels, which is why some conservatives - or at least other denizens of Fox News - have suggested that Aslan is biased because he is Muslim.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Reza Aslan began 2013 as an academic teaching creative writing at UC Riverside. In the summer, he published the book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" and everything changed. Now Aslan is ending his wild year with a movie deal for "Zealot" as well as writing a pilot for cable TV network FX, running the "transmedia" company Boomgen Studios, working on a novel -- and trying to craft the next episode in his unorthodox life as an Internet-era public intellectual. "Zealot," which portrayed Jesus not as a divine being but as an angry rebel, had already hit bestseller lists before an interview Aslan did with Fox News made him a viral video star.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Near the end of Reza Aslan's strange, 10-minute television exchange with Fox News, the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," gives voice to a thought that's entered the mind of many an author while being interviewed: “I'm afraid it seems like you haven't read my book.” The interview, now circulating widely on social media sites, has helped propel the book to No. 1 on the Amazon bestseller list Monday. Aslan is a Muslim scholar of religion and a one-time Christian convert who's just published a popular book about the life of Jesus.
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July 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
What was Reza Aslan thinking, as his patient explanations to a Fox News reporter about his book on Jesus seemingly fell on deaf ears? “I was embarrassed, more than anything,” Aslan told The Times in a telephone interview Tuesday from Oregon. He'd gone on the cable network to talk about his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” Instead, he found himself making that most unpredictable and volatile of modern media creations: a viral video . In a 10-minute segment on Fox News last Friday, reporter Lauren Green kept on questioning why a U.S. scholar with Muslim roots would want to write a book about Jesus.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Having spoken earlier to author Reza Aslan about his viral video with a certain Fox News reporter, The Times took a few moments Tuesday to talk to the UC Riverside professor about his book and what's in it. "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth " (Random House, $27) is a lucid, intelligent page turner about "the historical Jesus. " It's a portrait of the violent and changing times he lived in and the decades that preceeded the ill-fated rebellion of the Jews against the Roman Empire and the destruction of Jerusalem.  You say early in your book that your study of Jesus' life has made you “a more genuinely committed disciple of Jesus of Nazareth than I ever was of Jesus Christ.” What exactly do you mean by that?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Everyone knows Texas -- pronounced Teh-has in Spanish -- is becoming an increasingly Latino state. (It's 38% Hispanic, according to the Census Bureau). Texas' Hispanic future is a kind of running joke among demographers and political pundits. The other day, New York Times columnist Gail Collins pointed out that the Democratic strategy to take back the reins of government there is “waiting around for all the Hispanic children to grow up and start voting.” Unfortunately, it seems no one pointed that out this year to the organizers of the Texas Book Festival.
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December 24, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The raging controversy over comments made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson in GQ magazine and A&E's decision to suspend him from the remaining episodes of the upcoming fifth season arrive at the end of a year that has no shortage of culture war dust-ups. Every week, it seemed, brought another polarizing media moment, from Baldwin to black Santa and from Piers to Paula. Here's a chronological look back at a year in television that offered Americans no shortage of things to fight about.  1. Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan In January, CNN's Piers Morgan welcomed radio host and prominent conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his show for what was supposed to be a conversation about gun control but quickly went off the rails.  Asked about the gun murder rate in England, Jones responded with a tirade about everything from the danger of “mass murder pills” like Prozac to the New World Order. Morgan, not usually one for keeping quiet, sat back and let Jones do the shouting.
NEWS
December 14, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
After Slate's Aisha Harris argued that it was time to give Santa a makeover from a white man to an icon all kids can embrace, Fox News host Megyn Kelly took to the airwaves to rebut Harris, insisting that Santa Claus and Jesus are white. Harris  wrote : “Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Santa is one of the first iconic figures foisted upon you: He exists as an incredibly powerful image in the imaginations of children across the country (and beyond, of course). That this genial, jolly man can only be seen as white - and consequently, that a Santa of any other hue is merely a  ' joke ' or a chance to  trudge out racist stereotypes - helps perpetuate the whole ' white-as-default ' notion endemic to American culture (and, of course, not just American culture)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Everyone knows Texas -- pronounced Teh-has in Spanish -- is becoming an increasingly Latino state. (It's 38% Hispanic, according to the Census Bureau). Texas' Hispanic future is a kind of running joke among demographers and political pundits. The other day, New York Times columnist Gail Collins pointed out that the Democratic strategy to take back the reins of government there is “waiting around for all the Hispanic children to grow up and start voting.” Unfortunately, it seems no one pointed that out this year to the organizers of the Texas Book Festival.
OPINION
August 4, 2013 | By Charlotte Allen
Jesus not only saves; it turns out he also sells. UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan's new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," currently occupies the No. 1 spot on Amazon's bestseller list. The Iranian-born Aslan, who converted from Islam to evangelical Christianity as a teenager, then converted back to Islam, has also received the kind of publicity that every liberal author craves: getting dissed on Fox News. In a July 26 interview, Fox religion correspondent Lauren Green peppered him with questions about why he, a Muslim, had written "a book about the founder of Christianity.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Amazon announced Thursday that users of its new fan-fiction platform, Kindle Worlds, will be free to run wild with the characters from Kurt Vonnegut's books, including "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," starting this month. Kindle Worlds launched this spring as a fan-fiction hub for writers to self-publish stories online based on existing works and characters. The idea is that authors of the fan fiction will get up to 35% of net revenue for the books, available in the Kindle Store, while the other 65% will go to Amazon and the original copyright owner.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
After listening to “a series of attacks from liberal media outlets” against their religion correspondent Lauren Green for her interview with author Reza Aslan, Fox News invited Brent Bozell , president of the Media Research Center, to discuss the controversy Wednesday. He vigorously defended the Fox News correspondent. Last week, Green seemed to inadvertently paint herself into a rhetorical corner while trying to pin down Aslan on the question of his Muslim faith and his motives in writing his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The subsequent 10-minute video went viral , and helped propel “Zealot” up the bestseller lists.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Amazon announced Thursday that users of its new fan-fiction platform, Kindle Worlds, will be free to run wild with the characters from Kurt Vonnegut's books, including "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," starting this month. Kindle Worlds launched this spring as a fan-fiction hub for writers to self-publish stories online based on existing works and characters. The idea is that authors of the fan fiction will get up to 35% of net revenue for the books, available in the Kindle Store, while the other 65% will go to Amazon and the original copyright owner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
What was Reza Aslan thinking, as his patient explanations to a Fox News reporter about his book on Jesus seemingly fell on deaf ears? “I was embarrassed, more than anything,” Aslan told The Times in a telephone interview Tuesday from Oregon. He'd gone on the cable network to talk about his book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” Instead, he found himself making that most unpredictable and volatile of modern media creations: a viral video . In a 10-minute segment on Fox News last Friday, reporter Lauren Green kept on questioning why a U.S. scholar with Muslim roots would want to write a book about Jesus.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Having spoken earlier to author Reza Aslan about his viral video with a certain Fox News reporter, The Times took a few moments Tuesday to talk to the UC Riverside professor about his book and what's in it. "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth " (Random House, $27) is a lucid, intelligent page turner about "the historical Jesus. " It's a portrait of the violent and changing times he lived in and the decades that preceeded the ill-fated rebellion of the Jews against the Roman Empire and the destruction of Jerusalem.  You say early in your book that your study of Jesus' life has made you “a more genuinely committed disciple of Jesus of Nazareth than I ever was of Jesus Christ.” What exactly do you mean by that?
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