A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects by Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate has continued to generate reviews and interviews. In its July issue, the Utne Reader excerpted the book for its online site under the title "Drums: The Rhythme of Life"; the website "Spirituality and Practice" named it one of "The Best Spiritual Books of 2014 (so far),” describing it as “an elegant and illuminating book on the spiritual importance of objects in the religious life.”
Plate discussed the book in an article titled "Blasphemy and Atheist Rituals” in Religion News Service published on June 13. Among other interviews, Plate spoke with Interfaith Radio in a segment titled "Savoring Faith through the Senses" on June 27.
A few essays on various topics in film and culture written by Plate appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books (a review of Religion in Contemporary European Cinema published on Aug. 7) and Religion Dispatches (an essay on the new National September 11 Memorial and Museum on May 24), among others.
Plate also presented on his new book at the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder, Colorado, in June.