"Nothing is more amusing than to hear a clergyman denounce worldliness—ask his hearers what it will profit them to build railways and palaces and lose their own sould—inquire of the common folks before him why they waste their precious years in following trades and professions, in gathering treasures that moths corrupt and rust devours, giving their days to the vulgar business of making money—and then see him take up a collection."
—Robert Ingersoll, "Spirituality"
(Our Quote of the Week is taken from The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, Charles Bufe, ed. When we're in the mood, we change our Quotation of the Week between 15:00 and 21:00 GMT on Mondays; ditto for our Definition of the Week.)
Definition of the Week
PERJURY n. A common leisure time activity of policemen.
Our Definition of the Week is usually taken from
The Devil's Dictionaries (Second Edition, revised & expanded): The Best of The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Biercee, and
The American Heretic's Dictionary, by Chaz Bufe. This definition does not appear in The Devil’s Dictionaries, but will appear in Bufe’s upcoming collection, Provocations: Don’t Call Them Libertarians, AA Lies, and other incitements. (Oct. 2014)
- Sam Mbah, the author of African Anarchism: The History of a Movement, is in ill health and in need of a life-saving heart operation. Jura Books, the venerable Australian anarchist bookstore that has been around since the 1970s, is holding a fundraising campaign for Sam. Please take a moment to read through their message about Sam and the campaign.
- Our next book, Bible Tales for Ages 18 and Up, by G. Richard Bozarth, has just gone to the printer. It will be in bookstores and available online by September 1. We're releasing the e-book simultaneously with the physical book, for those who prefer reading in that form.
Bible Tales consists of excerpts from the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 in Israel by Dr. Sebaceous Piafraus in the same month the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The Dead Sea Scrolls became internationally famous, but the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls were consigned to obscurity, along with their discoverer, who endured decades of ego-bruising neglect. Finally, in Bible Tales for Ages 18 and Up, Dr. Piafraus provides us with translations of his scrolls, translations of well known Old Testament stories which he insists are the most authentic versions of the stories because the Jewish eschatological cult that created the Scrolls claimed that they were. These stories are more fully developed than in the Old Testament and are humorous, though some parts are appalling, because Bible stories often are appalling.
We're serializing our entire recent science fiction novel, Zeke Teflon's darkly humorous Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia, on our Sharp and Pointed blog. We'll be putting up a chapter a day starting on August 17, and leaving up all of the chapters for at least a month after we put up the final one.
Here's what the reviewers are saying about Free Radicals:
"[S]olidly entertaining . . . reminiscent of early Mick Farren." —Publishers Weekly Online
"[T]he plot holds the reader's interest and should appeal to a fairly broad audience."
"Among the best future-shock reads in years . . . If we lived in the ’60s and ’70s when audience-rattling paperbacks like Naked Lunch were cheap, plentiful and available on pharmacy spinner-racks, critics would hail Free Radicals as a masterpiece." —Tucson Weekly
Special Online Offer
Order a copy of the revised and expanded second edition of The Bassist's Bible: How to Play Every Bass Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco (cover price $39.95), and we'll include a copy of the original edition (cover price $32.95) for free. You pay only what you'd pay for the second edition alone: $24.95 plus $3.50 S/H.
recently reviewed our newest science fiction novel, The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley. It's a fine coming-of-age tale with well drawn characters in a far-future setting, brimming with social and political questions on technology, primitivism, ecology, and the uses and misuses of consensus process.
- Publishers Weekly
The full Publishers Weekly review is on our Reviews page. Here's a portion of it:
"[The author] provides a degree of complexity in what could very easily have been a one-sided didactic novel. This ambivalent examination of an idealist society and its less than ideal behavior offers the hope that Oakley will grow into a significant SF novelist."
Our other new release, The Youngest Bishop in England: Beneath the Surface of Mormonism, by Robert Bridgstock, is back from the printer. It's a powerful memoir of life in the Mormon Church and a jaw-dropping exposé of that church. The exposé is all the more astonishing because Bridgstock relies heavily upon official Mormon sources for documentation, revealing truths about Mormon doctrine and history that the church hierarchy wishes to conceal from ordinary church members.
- Culture Wars: The Threat to Your Family and Your Freedom, by Marie Alena Castle. Boldly stated and passionately argued, this wide-ranging book analyzes the impact religion has on culture and daily life in the United States. Culture Wars delves into the theology of intrusive religions, and goes on to shows that many of our laws are based in religious belief and have harmful effects on individuals and society.
"In this hard-hitting book, longtime Minnesota activist Castle exhaustively catalogues the myriad threats to religious freedom and church-state separation posed by clericalists, fundamentalists, and their political allies and enablers." —Free Inquiry
- The Best of Social Anarchism, Howard Ehrlich and a.h.s. boy editors. Social Anarchism is one of the longest-running and most respected anarchist journals in the United States. Since its appearance in 1980, the journal has published hundreds upon hundreds of articles by writers such as Janet Biehl, Brian Martin, Brian Morris, and Colin Ward.
At over 400 pages, this massive collection contains an introduction by Jeff Shantz, Howard Ehrlich's highly amusing history of the journal, and Social Anarchism's 30 best articles divided into five major categories: 1) Theory; 2) Practice; 3) Education; 4) Notable historic figures; 5) Contemporary voices.
Sharp and Pointed features new writing by many of our authors—opinion pieces on politics and religion, science fiction reviews, cartoons, quotations, tips on writing, dark humor, and much more.
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