"Every Day is an Atheist Holiday" - Please Take My Money November 13, 2012 22:38 1 Comment
I didn't think one could top the cover of "God, No!," with his big smirking punum, but they did it, goddamn it! (Source: bookword.com.au)
Penn Jillette's New Book Drops ... Yesterday!
Hot on the heels of his bestseller "God, No! - Signs You Already May Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales" comes another book of taller tales from the taller magical member of the duo Penn and Teller. And I mean hot - that last book only came out a year ago! In the midst of what I'm sure is a very busy schedule, Penn Jillette has sat down with The Washington Times' Kevin Kelly for an interview on his new book, the election, libertarianism, and more.
Not much to this blog entry, really. Just a heads up to go out and grab this book - I sure will be. "God, No!" was an amazing read - often hilarious, but just as often poignant to the point of stirring tears. And all it was was a collection of goofball stories from one of the world's biggest. I've had the pleasure of hearing him tell a few tales in person, and trust me - he's a big cuddly weaver of words. I'm sure "Atheist Holiday" will be just as pleasing. The best part? He's finally allowed to talk about his time on Celebrity Apprentice. Trust me - some of the stories I've already heard, if they made it into this book, make it a MUST BUY.
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Christopher Hitchens' final writings for Vanity Fair Posthumously Published
Anyone who has found this blog or reads it regularly has other, better things to read, and more often than not, the author of those words will be Christopher Hitchens. Whether detailing the majesty and necessity of Orwell, decrying the hypocrisies of figures like Henry Kissinger and Mother Teresa, or giving all of us the immaculate prose to enunciate our own logical non-beliefs better than all of us could combined, The Hitch had a way with words few could emulate and many adore. His final published essays for Vanity Fair have been compiled in a volume entitled "Mortality," and a touching review can be found here, by The Guardian's Alexander Linklater. As much as I want to read it, I've only just started digesting The Hitch, and it wouldn't feel right to start with his terminal works. Even in that short review, I'm struck dumb by the fear of disease taking away MY ability to write. If I imagine I had even an iota of Hitchens' skill with language, what a true terror that slow decomposition would be. But then, I also don't have Hitchens' notorious verve and vigor. I say "don't" rather than "didn't" because it just doesn't seem right to talk about The Hitch in the third person; at least, not when we he lives on in every word he's ever written.
You can pick up Mortality on Amazon.com.