I've been immersed in reading Rene Girard for a while now, in preparation for my talk at Theology and Peace in Baltimore at the end of this month. (You're invited to the conference, by the way ....) I've been reading about Girard for several years - his work has influenced a number of friends of mine, and his ideas are widely quoted. But I hadn't actually dug in to read his own texts. Girard's influence will resonate significantly in my next book which has to do with religious identity, violence, and peace.
If you're unfamiliar with Girard, here's an introduction -
and via short video: