Posts tagged "jo piazza"

The End of Our Affair with Gossip Girl?

Jo Piazza: After five seasons of defying everything good and holy, capitalizing on debaucherous underage sex and drug abuse, using a ménage a trois in a national ad campaign and generally creating some of the more deviant characters on primetime television, Gossip Girl has found god—the Catholic version no less. And they have done it by appropriating the...

Daily Links

Our very own Jo Piazza writes for the Wall Street Journal this week about how one New York synagogue is using the tactics of a political campaign adviser to increase its congregation size. "The best declaration of conservative principles since the Sharon Statement signed at Bill Buckley's home in 1960."  Americans for a...

Blessed Boards

Jo Piazza writes at the WSJ's Metropolis that Montauk's the place to go to get your stick blessed.  Reverend Michael Rieder will bless your surfboard, snowboard or boogie board. Perhaps he can also put a good word in with god for a killer set.
Members of the assembled crowd whispered Sunday that Jimmy Buffet, a...

Hollywood Gets God (and Tolerance) in Aruba

Jo Piazza: Film festivals are typically places where film executives schmooze amidst the selling of both movies and stars. They are not places where one goes to hear much about god or religion. The G and R words are anathema to Hollywood anyway. The town’s only use for them is in commercially viable blockbusters about exorcisms...

Oprah’s God

On Wednesday, May 25th, Oprah ended her daytime television show after 25 years.  No gifts nor guests graced her final broadcast.  God and Jo Piazza were watching. by Jo Piazza For an hour last Wednesday afternoon Oprah Winfrey stood center stage in her Chicago studio, no guests, no surprises, no free cars—just Oprah. If you've ever doubted that Oprah...

L’Hubbard

Revealer contributor Jo Piazza reports from Cannes:
This center has a crew that speaks five languages, consisting of Scientologists flown to Cannes from around the world. They mainly seem to spend their days hollering on the sidewalk, asking passersby if they can "show them something" inside the center, which is festooned with a sign boldly...

The Cult of Gaga

Jo Piazza: If you have any doubt that Lady Gaga has cultivated both an aura of the sacred and a near cult-like following you weren’t inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan last week when the pop star famous for making it perfectly acceptable to dress in raw meat performed for the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual Gala.

Celebrity Reaction to Osama’s Death, And Its Dangers

I am embarassed to admit this (really quite embarrassed) but I learned about Osama Bin laden's assasination from Paris Hilton. I fell asleep at 10 pm on Sunday night and when I woke up in the morning I rolled over and opened my Twitter feed. There it was: @ParisHilton: Just landed back in LA, so happy...

Marketing Philosophical Theology
as Romantic Thriller

by Jo Piazza Fedoras have made a comeback as of late. Their recent prominence in fashion is underscored by their function in the recent Matt Damon thriller “The Adjustment Bureau” where the hats imbue their wearers with mystical powers allowing them to circumnavigate from the West Side to the East Side of Manhattan by crossing through a...

The Only Female Catholic Priest in New York

Read Revealer Jo Piazza's latest on Gabriella Velardi Ward, a 63 year-old self-described Roman Catholic Woman Priest and her home church, Praxedis, at WSJ's Metropolis

79: The Class of 2010 Women Religious

Jo Piazza: This was a bad week to be a small survey on women religious, what with prime news real estate being filled with Egyptian unrest, Hollywood rehab and a snowpocalypse of epic proportions blanketing the Midwest. But a small survey on women religious was indeed released this week, on Groundhog Day (better known...

The F-Word: Speaking with Krista Tippett

by Jo Piazza It’s been four months since the Peabody-winning public radio program formerly known as “Speaking of Faith” changed its title to the more universal and spacious, “On Being.” The number of listeners writing into the show to tell host Krista Tippett they mourn the loss of the word “faith” has tapered to one a...