Academic Writing

  • Breaking the Consumerist Trance: The Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. Jane Hindley. Capitalism Nature Socialism [Read paper in full]
  • Theater in a Crowded Fire. Lee Gilmore. UC Northridge.
  • The Downtown Gospel According to Reverend Billy. Theater Magazine. Edited by Erika Monk, article by Jonathan Kalb [Read paper in full]
  • Reverend Billy. Preaching, Protest, and Postindustrial Flanerie.Theater Drama Review. Ed. by Richard Schechner, article by Jill Lane [Click to download PDF]
  • What Would Jesus Buy?: Rev. Billy and his "Church of Stop Shopping" preach the gospel of love, anti-consumerism, and radical neighborliness. Sojourners Magazine, feature story by Dr. Walter Brueggemann [Read paper in full]
  • Reverend Billy's Unholy War. New York Theater Magazine, feature story by Jonathan Dee [Read paper in full]
  • Activism Based in Embarrassment: The Anti-Consumption Spirituality of Reverend Billy. Liminalities. Article by Carmen L. McClish. [Click to download PDF]   
  • Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy. Stephen Duncombe. NYU Press.
  • Learning to survive the 'Shopocalypse': Reverend Billy's anti-consumption 'pedagogy of the unknown.' Jennifer A. Sandlin. Critical Studies in Education. [Click to download PDF]
  • “Mixing Pop (Culture) and Politics”: Cultural Resistance, Culture Jamming, and Anti-Consumption Activism as Critical Public Pedagogy. Jennifer A. Sandlin & Jennifer L. Milam. [Click to download PDF]
  • The Revolujah! Will Be Performed: Reverend Billy’s Reality Joke. Nathan Schneider. Religion Dispatches
  • TO LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet Chapter: "Reverend Billy Talen: Stop Shopping Gospel." Linda Weintraub. University of California Press, 2012.
  • ECOcentric Topices: Pioneering Themes for Eco-Art Chapter: "Desire: Reverend Billy Talen." Linda Weintraub. Artnowpublications, 2006.

Papers in Full:

Noviembre 22, 2010   |   Capitalism Nature Socialism
The Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
Noviembre 11, 2007   |   Sojourners Magazine
Rev. Billy and his "Church of Stop Shopping" preach the gospel of love, anti-consumerism, and radical neighborliness.
Agosto 22, 2006   |   New York Times Magazine
 A performance artist in a cleric's collar is on a crusade against shopping
Febrero 27, 2006   |   Theater Magazine
 "We are drowning in a sea of identical details. . . . Mickey Mouse is the Antichrist. . . . Times Square has been blown up by 10,000 smiling stuffed animals. . . . Don't shop, children, save your souls!" --Reverend Billy