"This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it."
—Al Capone (attributed)
(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
SOLIPSISM, n. An easily tested philosophy involving walking, a speeding truck, and a solipsist.
(Our Definition of the Week is taken from the upcoming revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic's Dictionary scheduled for June 2016. Additional definitions are available here.)
Anarchist and Atheist Pamphlet Sale
We're currently having a 70% to 75% off sale on our Anarchist and Atheist pamphlets. All 13 of our Anarchist pamphlets ($32.50 cover price) are now just $10.00; all 21 of our Atheist pamphlets ($50.35 cover price) are now just $15.00; and all 35 anarchist and atheist pamphlets ($82.85 cover price) are now just $20.00.
- Sleep State Interrupt, by T.C. Weber (September 2016) will be the fourth original science fiction novel we've published. The back cover copy reads: "Waylee Freid, an unemployed journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, and her countercultural friends, bust a notorious teenage hacker out of jail. Hunted by Homeland Security, they plan to sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser to record inciminating admissions. But to broadcast those damning admissions, they'll have to break into one of the most secure facilities ever built."
- The American Heretic's Dictionary (Revised & Expanded), by Chaz Bufe, (June 2016) is the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. This revised and expanded edition contains over twice as many definitions as the original edition (670+ vs. 320), over twice as many illustrations by J.R. Swanson (60 vs. 25), and an appendix containing the best 200+ definitions by Bierce.
Some comments on the original edition:
"Such bitterness, such negativity, such unbridled humor, wit and sarcasm."
"The quirky cartoons by J.R. Swanson nicely complement Bufe's cruel wit. Recommended." —Free Inquiry
"Sick and offensive." —Small Press
- The Anarchist Cookbook, by Keith McHenry with Chaz Bufe, with an introduction by Chris Hedges. Anarchists have talked for decades about producing an anarchist cookbook, a book whose contents accurately reflect its title. A book written by anarchists that delivers recipes for social change, recipes for tasty food, and accurate information about anarchism. There have been several false starts on such a book, but no one has ever published one. Until now. Bon appetit!
Popmatters recently ran a nice review of the Cookbook. The review reads in part:
"Newly published, prefaced by a typically charged introduction by Chris Hedges, the 2015 publication of The Anarchist Cookbook features a lively tone and inspiring argument. . . . [It's an] affordable and handsomely produced compendium."
The full review is on the Popmatters site.
Keith McHenry has been on the road doing author readings at bookstores and other venues. Keith's next scheduled appearance is at:
- The e-book edition of 20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity, by Chaz Bufe, is now available. It's a slightly updated version of the popular pamphlet of the same title, and it covers Christianity's cruelty, authoritarianism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-intellectualism, and 15 other reasons to abandon it.
20 Reasons is now available for $1.99 from all major e-book sellers.
The original uncorrected version is available free in html format here.
- Pamela Sutter's pointed and funny May the Farce be with You: A Lighthearted Look at why God does not exist is our first e-book-only title. It covers such topics as prayer (if god is omniscient, why bother?), the egocentricity of "believers," evolution vs. creationism, the anthropic principle, and much more. It also contains nearly two dozen cartoons, many of which are very funny, and which The Moral Atheist touts as "hilarious."
May the Farce be with You is now available for $1.99 from the usual outlets.
Here's one of the book's more than 20 illustrations.
We've put up several of the other illustrations from May the Farce be with You on our blog You can find them in the Humor and Religion categories.
- The Watcher, by Nicholas P. Oakley is 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.
Here's a portion of the Publishers Weekly review of The Watcher:
"[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."
The full review is on our Reviews page.
- Bible Tales for Ages 18 and Up, by G. Richard Bozarth, consists of excerpts from the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 in Israel by Dr. Sebaceous Piafraus in the same month as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls became internationally famous, but the Terminally Ill Sea Scrolls were consigned to obscurity, along with their discoverer, who endured too many years of ego-bruising neglect. Finally, decades later, Dr. Piafraus provides us with translations of his scrolls, which he insists provide the most authentic versions of many Old Testament stories, because the Jewish end-times 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.
- 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, and much more.
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