Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
By Penn Jillette
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451610376, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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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. From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an ongoing dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Penn Jillette’s self-created Decalogue invites his reader on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking. God, No! is a roller coaster of exploration as Penn shows that doubt, skepticism, and wonder—all signs of a general feeling of disbelief—are to be celebrated, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way.
Penn Jillette has published numerous articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel Sock and the comedic How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker (coauthored by Teller). He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Penn Jillette frames his new book, God, No!, as the atheist's Ten Commandments. He joins NPR's Neal Conan to discuss the humility of atheists and his respect for believers. More at NPR.org
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“Penn Jillette is a 21st-century Lordof Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible—andunique. There isn't—couldn't be—better not be—anybody like him.” —Richard Dawkins, bestselling author ofThe Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion
“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
"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 award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon
"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