Gordon Haber

Writer, editor, mediocre guitarist

New Writings on Religion and American Cuture

I’ve been quite busy in 2018 — working on some new fiction about the Korean War and digging up new material for Dutch Kills Press. Below I’ve collected links my most recent nonfiction on religion in my beautiful crazypants country.

  • Here is my piece dissecting evangelical support for Donald Trump. (Spoiler alert: it’s easier to understand if you accept that it’s devoid of logic.)
  • This is my response to the legal scholar who took issue with my piece about the Museum of the Bible. It’s fascinating that so many of the responses to my MOTB piece take issue with arguments that I never made.
  • This is my review of Waco, the Paramount miniseries on the violent demise of David Koresh.

This Is Nice

The nice people at Commaful have selected this very website as one of the Top Author Websites of 2017! A lovely unexpected surprise.

Some Interesting Stuff I Wrote to Read and Enjoy Before the GOP Tax Bill Reduces Us All to Foraging for Food

  1. For Religion & Politics, I interviewed the authors of Bible Nation, a new book about the Green family and their Hobby Lobby shenanigans.
  2. Then for the Forward, I went to D.C. and checked out the Greens’ new Museum of the Bible. (Spoiler alert: they got a lot wrong.)
  3. My story collection UGGS FOR GAZA is for sale here. People tell me it makes a great holiday gift.

Excellent Ways to Spend Your Time and Money This November

Come to a Reading!

Every time you buy one an angel gets his wings


November 7 at 8pm: Belated Book Party at Quimby’s NYC
Wine, cheese and prose at a beautiful independent bookstore.
536 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

November 15th at 7.30pm: Guerrilla Lit Reading Series at Dixon Place
With Mylène Dressler and Victoria Redel.
161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

Buy a New Story!

Even if you hate it (which you won’t) it’s only 99¢


Something is amiss on the sylvan campus of Fortas College, where the faculty is literally and figuratively getting the axe. But this time the “final girl” — Dr. Gwen Alexander, adjunct instructor — takes matters (and weapons) into her own hands. Trigger warning! This short story contains violence, strong language, and college administrators.

Hear Smart People Talking About Books!

Also I highly recommend you check out The Seventh-Day: Israeli Literature Fifty Years After the Six-Day War. The 14th St Y, in collaboration with the Jewish Book Council, has set up a fascinating series that discusses the volatile nature of Israeli society and its literature fifty years after its shortest of many wars. The mastermind behind the series of the brilliant editor Hanan Elstein.  For free tickets register here.

Literary Selfie: Fall 2017

But hey it’s not about the money


Here’s what I am up to this fall:



Shilling my book!

Literary Selfie: Spring 2017 (aka Even a Time of National Crisis Can’t Distract Me from My Careerist Self-Absorption)

LABAlive presents Two : Others ©2017 Basil Rodericks faceitfoto.com

Kids today are so entitled, amirite? [Photo: ©2017 Basil Rodericks]


As usual, I am aware that in these difficult times, so many of you lie awake, staring at the ceiling and asking yourself, “What is Gordon Haber up to?” Rest easy, because here’s your answer:






  • In FORUM: Issues About Part-Time and Contingent Faculty a PhD student wrote an academic critique of this very blog.


New Story Collection Coming Soon!

(Psst: It hasn’t been officially released but it’s available on Amazon)

uggs for gaza_final

Literary Selfie: Fall 2016 (aka The World Is Collapsing But Everybody Pay Attention to Me)

He's in better shape than I am

He’s in better shape than I am


This is a difficult time, and I am sure that many of you are asking, Yes, but what about Gordon’s writing? Here are links to all the interesting stuff I’ve written about this fall:

Also I published a free (or very inexpensive) e-book about taking action in the age of Trump here.

And finally some good news: Audible is producing an audiobook of my latest short story, His Grandmother’s Memory.

Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season. God help us all, everyone.

Trump is a Fascist. Here’s Why.

Remind you of someone?

Remind you of someone?


Trump is not Hitler. He is Mussolini, with the one exception being that Il Duce wrote his own books.

I’m sure people have noticed this before. But after that last night’s horrifying debate I went back to look at Robert O. Paxton’s 2004 book, The Anatomy of Fascism. 

Paxton acknowledges that fascism is tough to define. This difficulty, he says, arises from fascism being driven less by ideology than by what he calls “mobilizing passions”:

  • a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions;
  • the primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether individual or universal, and the subordination of the individual to it;
  • the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment that justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against its enemies, both internal and external;
  • dread of the group’s decline under the corrosive effects of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences;
  • the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary;
  • the need for authority by natural chiefs (always male), culminating in a national chieftain who alone is capable of incarnating the group’s historical destiny;
  • the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason;
  • the beauty of violence and the efficacy of will, when they are devoted to the group’s success;
  • the right of the chosen people to dominate others without restraint from any kind of human or divine law, right being decided by the sole criterion of the group’s prowess within a Darwinian struggle.

So let’s call it what it is: a race between a deeply flawed but experienced candidate and a fascist.

Literary Selfie: Summer 2016


Yes I know this is not a selfie. Nor was it taken this summer. Get off my back, okay?


  • My new short story, His Grandmother’s Memory, is available here as an Amazon Kindle single.
  • I read from my short story Publish and Perish for C-Span.
  • I had a piece about the prosperity gospel in Religion & Politics.
  • I had a piece about the key to understanding Bernie Sanders (hint, he’s an aging Jewish man) in The Forward.
  • I had an infographic on Donald Trump and religion in Religion Dispatches.


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