"It's too bad stupidity isn't painful."
—Frank Zappa (attributed)
(Our Quote of the Week is usually—but not this week—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
OBJECTIVISM, n. 1) A cult ideology combining sociopathy with worship of one of Danielle Steele's literary inferiors (yes, they exist); 2) The most grandiose excuse imaginable for failure to pay child support.
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. Today's definition is by Bufe.
- Bible Tales for Ages 18 and Up, by G. Richard Bozarth, is now in bookstores and is available online. The e-book versions will be available form the usual e-book retailers the week of October 6.
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.
- Provocations: Don't Call Them Libertarians, AA Lies, and Other Incitements, by Chaz Bufe, is back from the printer and will be available in bookstores and online the week of October 6. The e-book versions will be available by the end of October.
Provocations is a collection of the authors essays and short pieces from the last three decades. Contents include: "Don't Call Them Libertarians" (on the appropriation of the term "libertarian" by <1>laissez-faire capitalists; "AA Lies" (on the ineffectiveness and religiosity of Alcoholics Anonymous); "Anarchism: What It Is and What It Isn't" and "20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity."
- We have several ongoing special offers on our books page.
- Publishers Weekly reviewed our recent 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.
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."
- The Youngest Bishop in England: Beneath the Surface of Mormonism, by Robert Bridgstock, is 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, and much more.
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