God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
Not only can the man rant, he can write. From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist's experience in the world. In... show more
Not only can the man rant, he can write. From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist's experience in the world. In this rollicking yet honest account of a godless existence, Penn takes readers on a roller coaster of exploration and flips conventional religious wisdom on its ear to reveal that doubt, skepticism, and wonder -- all signs of a general feeling of disbelief -- are to be celebrated and cherished, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way. From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an on-going dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Jillette's self-created Decalogue invites his reader on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking.Praise for God, No!"People who say that libertarians have no heart or atheists have no soul need to read this book. Because Penn Jillette has a lot of both." -- MATT STONE and TREY PARKER, creators of South Park and the award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon"There are few people in the country who question more boldly, brashly, and bravely than my friend Penn Jillette. This book is funny, provocative, and profane. But is it right? God, no!" --GLENN BECK"This planet has yielded exactly one mutual friend for Glenn Beck and me and that friend has written a brilliant book called God, No! Penn reveals 'the big secret of magic,' tells you why tattoos are perfect expressions of atheism and exactly what to eat when you know you're going to vomit later." --LAWRENCE O'DONNELL"Penn Jillette is a twenty-first-century Lord of Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible and unique. There isn't--couldn't be--better not be--anybody like him." --RICHARD DAWKINS, bestselling author of The Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion
Publish date: August 16th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 231
Edition language: English
I've always enjoyed Penn and Teller's shows, and I am a fan of their "Bullshit!" program on Showtime, so I expected to be entertained by Penn Jillette, a self-described atheist. As I got into the book I realized that atheism was just a loosely tied thread through the essays, but the book was more of...
Audio book, performed by the author, who is a really funny guy. He makes a case for atheism by outlining the ten atheist suggestions (in place of the ten commandments) and a collection of anecdotes. The latter don't always correspond to the former, but most have a connection to the case for atheism....
I can't decide whether the level of obscenities adds to or detracts from this generally interesting and amusing collection of loosely associated stories and rants. An excess of swearing typically strikes me as linguistically lazy, but Jillette's frothy audio delivery is enhanced at times by the shee...
I enjoyed this book. I pretty much knew that I would as soon as I picked this one up. I’ve been a Penn Jillette fan for almost ten years thanks to P&T: Bullsh*t! Like other reviewers have stated before, this book isn’t totally about atheism. It’s mentioned throughout, but it isn’t what the title wou...
I now know more about Penn Jillette's sex life than I am comfortable knowing. Penn is like a human South Park episode, occasionally brilliant, frequently incoherent, and obsessed with scatological humor on a level that most people get over by the age of 17.