“The Right To Be Different”

In a blog post summarizing his review of The Book Of Matt, Freddie DeBoer argues that rethinking the popular narrative of Shepard’s death could be good for the gay rights movement: This will to make Shepard a martyr is part of a broad change in the philosophy of the gay rights movement of the past several decades, which has retreated … Continue reading “The Right To Be Different”

Missing Matthew Shepard

Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard (out today), describes what Matthew’s complex story means to him: An excerpt from the new book is now available at the Daily Beast. Below is a long video that details some of the evidence and sources that back up some of Jimenez’s more provocative … Continue reading Missing Matthew Shepard

Were Matthew Shepard’s Murderers Equally Culpable?

In today’s video from Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, he shares his thoughts on what role Russell Henderson played in the murder of Shepard and why he thinks Russell might have gotten a different sentence than Aaron McKinney if Henderson had not been pressured to … Continue reading Were Matthew Shepard’s Murderers Equally Culpable?

The “Wildfire” After Matthew Shepard’s Murder

In today’s video from Book Of Matt author Stephen Jimenez, he details how the hate-crime narrative of Shepard’s murder took hold as fast as it did, noting the easy symbolism, frequently inaccurate media reports and how at that moment in 1998, both the gay community and president Clinton were under siege: Responding via our Facebook … Continue reading The “Wildfire” After Matthew Shepard’s Murder

Challenging The Myth Of Matthew Shepard

In today’s video, Stephen Jimenez explains how his personal experience as a gay man and survivor of the AIDS epidemic informed his approach to The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, as well as why he thinks the gay community should be ready to embrace the complexity of Shepard’s life and death: In … Continue reading Challenging The Myth Of Matthew Shepard

Was Matthew Shepard’s Murder A Hate Crime?

In today’s video, Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, considers the role that homophobic hatred played in Matthew Shepard’s murder and whether the brutality of the crime is consistent with other cases of meth-related violence: A reader counters a previous one: The gratuitous brutality of the … Continue reading Was Matthew Shepard’s Murder A Hate Crime?

The Role Of Meth In Matthew Shepard’s Murder

In our second video from Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, he explains what he discovered regarding Shepard’s involvement with crystal meth and the drug trade: A reader comments on the previous video: Maybe I’ll read Jimenez’s book; maybe I won’t. But neither Mr. Shepard’s involvement with … Continue reading The Role Of Meth In Matthew Shepard’s Murder

Reexamining The Murder Of Matthew Shepard

Stephen Jimenez’s upcoming book, The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, is the result of more than a decade of research into the truth behind Shepard’s brutal 1998 murder in Laramie, Wyoming. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Steve and discuss his book. In our first video, … Continue reading Reexamining The Murder Of Matthew Shepard

Ask Anything Archive

Here are all the guests that have been featured in our Ask Anything interview series. They first appear alphabetically below, then reverse chronologically after that. Andrew’s Ask Anything answers are here. Guests: [one_half]Spencer Ackerman Reza Aslan Josh Barro Bruce Bartlett Shane Bauer Peter Beinart Jesse Bering Kate Bolick Mark Bowden Steven Brill Tina Brown Charles … Continue reading Ask Anything Archive