"When you talk to God it's prayer, but when God talks to you it's schizophrenia. . . . God may have his reasons, but he sure seems to employ a lot of psychotics to carry out his job orders."
—"Agent Mulder" in a 1998 X-Files episode
(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
DIFFERENT, n. The same. As in, "Trust me. Things will be different this time."
(Our Definition of the Week is taken from our brand spanking new revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic's Dictionary. A sample of the book's nearly 700 definitions and 60 illustrations is available here.)
Anarchist and Atheist Pamphlet Sale
We're currently having a 65%% to 70% off sale on our Anarchist and Atheist pamphlets. All 12 of our Anarchist pamphlets (29.50 cover price) are now just $10.00; all 21 of our Atheist pamphlets ($50.35 cover price) are now just $15.00; and all 32 anarchist and atheist pamphlets ($79.85 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."
There is currently a Goodreads giveaway of ten signed copies.
For an advance look (the first four chapters) in pdf form, click here.
The American Heretic's Dictionary (Revised & Expanded), by Chaz Bufe, 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." —Mensa Bulletin
"The quirky cartoons by J.R. Swanson nicely complement Bufe's cruel wit. Recommended." —Free Inquiry
"Sick and offensive." —Small Press
For a look at a sample of the definitions and illustrations in pdf form, click here.
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 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 e-book, May the Farce be with You: A Lighthearted Look at why God does not exist, covers such topics as prayer (if god is omniscient, why bother?), the egocentricity of believers, evolution vs. creation "science," 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.
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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