The intertubes home of author Robert Lanham

Robert Lanham is the Margaret Mead of the North American Weirdo - Neal Pollack

    == BOOKS ==

• the hipster handbook

• food court druids,
cherohonkees and other
creatures unique to the republic

• the sinner's guide to the
evangelical right


• cassette from my ex

• rock & roll cagematch

• bookmark now

• the subway chronicles


• Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview

• The random beauty of "25 Random Things"

• Palin Holds Press Conference to Explain Last Press Conference

• Chocolate & Cheese and Striped Bass

• The Ten Most Dubious Films included in the Criterion Collection

• Obama's Silence on "Bruno" Outrages Activists

• Pat Buchanan: 'Lesbian Coalition of America Discriminates Against White Males'

• Giving the Recession the Finger

• Look at This Fucking Hipster Basher
The Morning News

• Obama Dislocates Shoulder Reaching Across the Aisle

• Maxim's Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse

• 33 Stupid Sex Tips
Street Carnage

• Rick Warren's Non-Negotiable Worldview

• The Gotcha Effect of Civil Unions

• Macho Ma'am

• Generation Slap

• America's religious right: God's own country
The Independent

• Wearing Nothing but Attitude
New York Times

• Why Sonic Youth and Frappuccinos don't mix

• Kafka on the Shore Review

    == PRESS ==

• Press Quotes

• Your Life: Highly Classified, By Robert Lanham
  Washington Post profile of Robert Lanham

• Book Breaks Down Evangelical Right for 'Sinners'
Ethics Daily Profile

• Brand Name Bloggers
New York Magazine

    == WEBSITES ==


    == FRIENDS ==

• lanesisland
• cakehead
• rumproast
• andiamnotlying

    == THE MAN ==

• about robert lanham
• wikipedia page
• myspace
• facebook
• tumblr
• twitter
• hypemachine
• contact me


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Christopher Owens and the Children of God

I've got a new piece over at The Awl about Girls lead singer Christopher Owens and the Children of God cult. It's pretty disturbing, but hopefully worth a read for fans of the band and/or people obsessed with bizarre cults.

Given the passion expressed for girl music on this site, I suppose it’s not too much an affront to my masculinity to confess my obsession with the admittedly unmanly band Girls. Their debut record "Album" is forty minutes of melancholy bliss, late night break-up songs that will make you feel like a teenager suffering from a his first encounter with heartbreak. My introduction to the band’s back-story came through Pitchfork (shut up!) whose review featured a little biographical information on the band’s leader, Christopher Owens: “Christopher Owens grew up in the Children of God. His older brother died as a baby because the cult didn't believe in medical attention. His dad left. He and his mother lived around the world, and the cult sometimes forced his mother to prostitute herself.”
Read it all at The Awl. (It's kinda NSFW.)