Andy Whitman at Image:
In the past few years, authors as controversial and varied as Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, and Dr. Cornel West have spoken at Calvin, and the concert offerings have featured Muslim hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, atheist singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, barstool poets The Hold Steady, and transgendered singer/songwriter Baby Dee.
By comparison, The New Pornographers, with their bright pop music and innocuous lyrics, are relatively tame.
But there’s that pesky name again. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s that pesky name, of all the trite things in the complex and gritty and death-dealing universe, that has gotten Calvin College in trouble.
David Sessions is the founding editor of Patrol. He covers religion for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and is a graduate student in the Draper Program for Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. He can be reached at hdavidsessions at gmail dot com.
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