On Black Friday, a Look Back at What the Church of Stop Shopping Has in the Fridge

Considering that today is essentially national shopping day–hence a nice shot of the queue in front of Best Buy above the fold on the Times–we thought we’d point you to a blast from the past: Gabrielle Langholtz’s 2009 Brooklyn Fridge profile of Bill Talen, also known as “Reverend Billy,” who helms an anti-consumption congregation he calls the Church of Stop Shopping. The Windsor Terrace resident stages “retail interventions” in places like Walmart or the Times Square Disney shop with a full choir and in full character–meaning a preacher’s collar, tall hair and robes. He’s been jailed 50 times, has only one pan, rarely eats out and drinks kombucha (or vinegar) nearly every morning.

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