256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.1 in
February 6, 2014
Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 145161036X
ISBN - 13: 9781451610369
About the Book
A scathingly funny illumination of the 10 Commandments from Penn Jillette, the bigger, louder half of world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller.
Read from the Book
• INTRODUCTION •The Humility of Loudmouth Know-it-all Asshole Atheists You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know.” I remember sitting in a room full of skeptics when I first heard Christopher Hitchens say, “Atheists don’t have saints and we don’t have martyrs.” I’m a little afraid to put that in quotes, because no matter how brilliantly I remember any Hitchens phrase, when I go back and check, what he said was better than I remember. He is better at speaking off the top of his head after a couple of drinks than I am at remembering his brilliance later while referencing notes. I know nothing about drinking, but I know that Hitchens did drink, and when he made that comment he was sitting next to me on the dais with a drink in front of him. But the drink was irrelevant—I could never see that it made any difference to his abilities. My doctor’s brother (how’s that for a source?) said there is such a thing as state-dependent learning. This explains the brilliance of all the jazz cats on heroin and how Keith Richards could play even a specially tuned guitar while as fucked-up as . . . well, Keith Richards. They’re performing in the same state in which they practiced. Hank Williams was so fucked-up we don’t even know which of the United States he died in. Hank’s driver drove him across many state lines all night in his long white Cadillac and when they got to Oak Hill, West Virginia, Hank wa
From the Publisher
A scathingly funny reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments from the larger, louder half of world-famous magic duo Penn and Teller reveals an atheist's experience in the world: from performing on the Vegas strip with Siegfried and Roy to children and fatherhood to his ongoing dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right and the joys of sex while scuba-diving, Penn has an outrageous sense of humor and a brilliantly entertaining opinion on, well, anything you care to think of.
About the Author
Penn Jillette is a magician, comedian, illusionist, juggler, and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is an advocate of atheism, libertarian philosophy, free-market economics, and scientific skepticism. His books include Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends, Penn and Teller's How to Play In Traffic, How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker: The Wisdom of Dickie Richard, and God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.
"Jillette has made a career as a provocateur, and it is tempting to dismiss this book as another piece of carny shtick, but there is a forceful intelligence at work here that demands to be taken seriously. He has shaped his argument with care." —Daniel Stashower, Washington Post Book World