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Sometimes a book goes too far. Sometimes is... now. First, there was The Gilgamesh. Then... the Bhagavad-Gita Then... the Torah, the New Testament, the Koran Then... the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, I'm OK You're OK. And now...The Book of the Subgenius (How to Prosper in the Coming Weird Times) Sometimes a book goes too far. Sometimes is... now. First, there was The Gilgamesh. Then... the Bhagavad-Gita Then... the Torah, the New Testament, the Koran Then... the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, I'm OK You're OK. And now...The Book of the Subgenius (How to Prosper in the Coming Weird Times)


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Sometimes a book goes too far. Sometimes is... now. First, there was The Gilgamesh. Then... the Bhagavad-Gita Then... the Torah, the New Testament, the Koran Then... the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, I'm OK You're OK. And now...The Book of the Subgenius (How to Prosper in the Coming Weird Times) Sometimes a book goes too far. Sometimes is... now. First, there was The Gilgamesh. Then... the Bhagavad-Gita Then... the Torah, the New Testament, the Koran Then... the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, I'm OK You're OK. And now...The Book of the Subgenius (How to Prosper in the Coming Weird Times)

2 review for The Book of the SubGenius : The Sacred Teachings of J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clackamas

    I'd totally forgotten about this book. Background: I was a student at a conservative Quaker college in 1998. During mid-semester break in the fall, I went out to Enterprise, Oregon with my friend Chris, a copy of my college’s lifestyle agreement, and a sharpie. The Challenge issued me by Chris was to spend the weekend with old and new friends away from the school just being myself instead of the person I was trying to force myself to be. He, in turn would mark off each lifestyle agreement I viola I'd totally forgotten about this book. Background: I was a student at a conservative Quaker college in 1998. During mid-semester break in the fall, I went out to Enterprise, Oregon with my friend Chris, a copy of my college’s lifestyle agreement, and a sharpie. The Challenge issued me by Chris was to spend the weekend with old and new friends away from the school just being myself instead of the person I was trying to force myself to be. He, in turn would mark off each lifestyle agreement I violated by simply behaving like Clack. First, I met Chris at his Mom’s house. She is a minister of the Church of Inner Light and reads auras. She read mine as a preparation for the trip (violation 1- “no member shall participate in cult or occult activities”). I told her that I thought her “reading” of me was a crock of cr*p (violation 2- “avoid mean-spirited behaviors”). She took it well though because she’s cool like that. So, Chris and I set out. Once in Enterprise we stayed with my former boyfriend (ehem. violation 3- “we believe that only marriage between a man and a woman is God's intention for the joyful fulfillment of sexual intimacy”). However, he and I had split on terms that weren’t the best so we were actually quite angry with each other (still violation 3- “this should always be in the context of mutual compassion, love, and fidelity”. Also violation 4- “avoid abusive or manipulative actions”). Afterward, I got to meet his more recent ex (violation 5- “regard each person with love and respect” and 6- “avoid discrimination”). She was pretty p*ssed off because of course she was trying to get him back. She tried to make sure that I understood just how much better she was for him than I by showing me a tape she’d convinced him to make while they were together (violation 7- “we avoid giving attention to what is obscene and pornographic”). Frankly, I couldn’t see why she thought that’d convince me she was better. The next day we went to Ex’s buddy John’s house where everyone was sitting around creating characters for an epic-level D&D game, drinking, and smoking. I joined in all activities listed (violations 8, 9, &10- “the use of alcohol by traditional undergraduate students is not allowed at any time they are enrolled at the university”, “presence or use of illegal drugs is not tolerated”, and “the use of tobacco is not permitted”). John asked me how things were going and I gave him a few juicy details (violation 11- “avoid gossip”). When Ex asked what we were talking about, I said “nothing”, because I didn’t want him to know what a crotch his other ex had been to me (violation 12- “tell each other the truth”). I’m glad that I talked to John though, because he was a big help to me in creating my character for the game. He let me fudge the numbers to get a more powerful setup (violation 13- “do honest work”). We played in the smoky room until early the next morning and then stumbled back to Ex’s place. I tripped on the way and hurt my leg. When we got back, he gave me some Percocet that he had left over from an old car accident (violation 14- illegitimate use of prescription drugs is not tolerated). It helped but I was dragging when it was time to get up. Fortunately for me, Ex was ADHD and had some stuff to perk me up too (violation 14 again). We just sat around that day playing cards (violation 15- “we avoid gambling”). When Ex and I parted, we promised to keep in touch more, try to get together more often, etc. (violations 16 & 17- “honor each person” and “keep our promises”). All in all, it was a fun, albeit personally instructive, weekend. Oh yeah, about the book that I’m reviewing… Ex’s buddy John was ordained a minister of the Church of Subgenius and sent me home with a copy of the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    emily cress

    "Bob" wrote "The Book of the Subgenius" as a series of pamphlets during the '50's and '60's, exposing what he'd learned about the conspiracy "from the inside". He was a former high-level gov't intelligence and enforcement agent. After leaving this nefarious profession, he travelled extensively and learned many things from Native American elders and Oriental monks and Fundamental Baptists in Georgia. BOB exposes many things which could have gotten him hung for treason in this no-holds barred tell "Bob" wrote "The Book of the Subgenius" as a series of pamphlets during the '50's and '60's, exposing what he'd learned about the conspiracy "from the inside". He was a former high-level gov't intelligence and enforcement agent. After leaving this nefarious profession, he travelled extensively and learned many things from Native American elders and Oriental monks and Fundamental Baptists in Georgia. BOB exposes many things which could have gotten him hung for treason in this no-holds barred tell-all. So, in order to get away with doing what he does for as long as he can possible do it he employes heavy sarcasm and effectively disguises his writings as the {rantings of a lunatic. In order to read it you have to know how to break the code, otherwise you could come to some very wild conclusions. I cant tell you the code because that would disappoint Bob. But I can reveal some clues:1. The UFO cult that he appears to proseletyse for is a bigsatirical model of the "Lie" or "Con" (conspiracy). All of his urgings to prepare for salvation via abduction by the "X-ists" are actually irony-coded warnings not to cooperate with any attempts by the Lie to assimilate us into submission. 2. His posturing as a "Big Daddy" who aloneknows everything is actually a tirade against those who make this claim in earnest. He is making fun of those people. 3. "Bob" is not only the pseudonym of the author, but also(depending on the context) a sort of catchall codeword for certain metaphysical concepts relating to energy and consciousness.Some notes on specific chapters -- "The UFO made me do it" is by far the clearest section in the book. An earlychapter detailing "Bob"'s background provides information helpful to breaking the code. A list of prophecies contains bogus events interspersed with real ones, and the distinction is made by a difference in typeface. Also in this list, all events are off by one year. With all this in mind, get your fists around a copy of "The Book of the Subgenius". You'll most likely find it to be the best exposition around of not only What's What but also Why and How the What's What became a TOP SECRET. Keep it in your chamber of excremeditation and study it as if your life depended on it! You might as well.Dont Quote Me-Emily flag 8 likes · Like  · see review Jun 12, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: philosophy, liberty, sci-fi, heresy, weird-fiction, awful-books, comics, science, history, humor "pull the wool over your own eyes" p.5Woah. So this is a huge, modernized zen koan with surreal pictures and organized like a propagandistic religious pamphlet mixed with a snake oil catalogue. It isn't all a joke though. As the Church claims its "a joke you can believe in".In its more "serious" moments it espouses a sort of discordian daoism. The main goal of a SubGenius is to acquire Slack. Slack is pretty much Dao, amended for a chaotic universe and pathologically lazy, oppositional, or uncoo "pull the wool over your own eyes" p.5Woah. So this is a huge, modernized zen koan with surreal pictures and organized like a propagandistic religious pamphlet mixed with a snake oil catalogue. It isn't all a joke though. As the Church claims its "a joke you can believe in".In its more "serious" moments it espouses a sort of discordian daoism. The main goal of a SubGenius is to acquire Slack. Slack is pretty much Dao, amended for a chaotic universe and pathologically lazy, oppositional, or uncooperative people. Wikipedia accurately summarizes Slack: "Slack is about finding satisfaction with what you have and who you are, as opposed for searching for satisfaction in accomplishment." This is the most valuable actual philosophical point in the book imo. In general the philosophy is very paradoxical. Glorifies truth and falsehood, life and death. Sometimes I feel like this is to poke fun at what religions do, and other times I feel like its trying to make a Postmodern point. If you asked one they'd probably say something trite to the effect of "its both and its neither hurr durr". But as awful as these noodly bastards are, they are sort of awfully correct if you just read what they *aren't quite* saying. Gah now I'm doing it goddamnit. It somehow simultaneously satirizes abrahamic beliefs, conspiracy theories, new age beliefs, and itself. Postmodern junkies will enjoy this. Super kitschy, campy, and ironic. That, the DEVO references, and the pop-scientistic imagery makes it harken back to the days of New Wave. Politically the Church favors free enterprise and what I'd dub hyper-anarcho-anarchism. More generally they favor any fanaticism or radicalism which opposes The Conspiracy.liked the references to the Lovecraft mythos. Also note: this book claims to make you go insane if you really dig into it.Eventually after reading I got bored with the repetitive absurdist mythology. The thing is also, if you read enough of it it starts to make sense and loses the full absurd flavor. Thats my review. flag 8 likes · Like  · see review View 1 comment Dec 22, 2011 Barney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition One of the most important books ever written. It's up there with Hobbes' Leviathan, Joyce's Ulysses, The Phantom Tollbooth and See Spot Run. It is even more important and timely than the latest book from the latest Republican or Democrat flavor of the month. Pull the wool over your own eyes and learn to pay to know what you really think and read this book. Find the glorious power of "Bob" and become your hero and hers as well. One of the most important books ever written. It's up there with Hobbes' Leviathan, Joyce's Ulysses, The Phantom Tollbooth and See Spot Run. It is even more important and timely than the latest book from the latest Republican or Democrat flavor of the month. Pull the wool over your own eyes and learn to pay to know what you really think and read this book. Find the glorious power of "Bob" and become your hero and hers as well. flag 5 likes · Like  · see review Apr 25, 2016 Stuart Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Do you want to be left behind when the Sex Goddesses from Planet X come to collect the Overmen? Of course you don't! The teachings of J.R."Bob" Dobbs collected here for your enlightenment. See you on X-Day, July 5. Do you want to be left behind when the Sex Goddesses from Planet X come to collect the Overmen? Of course you don't! The teachings of J.R."Bob" Dobbs collected here for your enlightenment. See you on X-Day, July 5. flag 5 likes · Like  · see review View 1 comment May 06, 2018 Ike Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Your mind needs an enema, and this book is the nozzle! Reprogram yourself with BULLDADA while there's still time! Your mind needs an enema, and this book is the nozzle! Reprogram yourself with BULLDADA while there's still time! flag 5 likes · Like  · see review Jul 14, 2016 Jonathan Roper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition This is a twisted work of satire and subterfuge. It has planted some memes deep within my psyche. read it many many moons ago as a young skate-punk, was big in the Zeitgeist at the time. Must revisit. flag 4 likes · Like  · see review Apr 22, 2009 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: humor What if the funniest people you know decided to start a religion that cynically but hilariously embraced the idea of an omnipotent huckster preaching the virtues of goofing off? And what if they developed a whole mythology and backstory for it, copiously illustrated with mutated advertising art from the 50s? Then you'd have this book.Okay, so this book isn't the uniquely bizarre and entertaining breath of fresh air it was when I first picked it up 15 years ago when "zines" still were cutting edg What if the funniest people you know decided to start a religion that cynically but hilariously embraced the idea of an omnipotent huckster preaching the virtues of goofing off? And what if they developed a whole mythology and backstory for it, copiously illustrated with mutated advertising art from the 50s? Then you'd have this book.Okay, so this book isn't the uniquely bizarre and entertaining breath of fresh air it was when I first picked it up 15 years ago when "zines" still were cutting edge. But it's still a wonderfully clever read and, taken in context, a real creative landmark. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review May 17, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition An incredibly juvenile parody of Scientology that nevertheless contains occasional nuggets of real wisdom and a few moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity. Graphically noisy, the pre-digital cut-and-paste chaos of each page adds to the mesmerizing ugliness of the book as a whole. The central emphasis on Slack as a religious doctrine will remain important long after the target of the book's satire is forgotten. An incredibly juvenile parody of Scientology that nevertheless contains occasional nuggets of real wisdom and a few moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity. Graphically noisy, the pre-digital cut-and-paste chaos of each page adds to the mesmerizing ugliness of the book as a whole. The central emphasis on Slack as a religious doctrine will remain important long after the target of the book's satire is forgotten. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Feb 25, 2007 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Every now and then, when I get to feeling low I pull out my dog-eared copy of Dobbs and run through it again. It's a masterful book that does a brilliant job of disguising wisdom as bullshit -- tells us not to take ourselves so damned seriously. Every now and then, when I get to feeling low I pull out my dog-eared copy of Dobbs and run through it again. It's a masterful book that does a brilliant job of disguising wisdom as bullshit -- tells us not to take ourselves so damned seriously. flag 3 likes · Like  · see review Jul 22, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: children Nice mid-20th-century line drawings of 'generic' handsome males smoking pipes collaged with Apocalyptic religious iconography. Contains references to many, if not most all, popular Conspiracy themes and alleged masterminds/shadowy groups. The authors seemed to have quite deftly absorbed and synthesized the consciousness of "Kookdom" to produce a 'bible' which cannot be comedy or farce because everything written in it is true. Strangely, terribly, true; yet all the while proclaiming it to be jus Nice mid-20th-century line drawings of 'generic' handsome males smoking pipes collaged with Apocalyptic religious iconography. Contains references to many, if not most all, popular Conspiracy themes and alleged masterminds/shadowy groups. The authors seemed to have quite deftly absorbed and synthesized the consciousness of "Kookdom" to produce a 'bible' which cannot be comedy or farce because everything written in it is true. Strangely, terribly, true; yet all the while proclaiming it to be just a "joke". Practice yoga by reading this book and forcing yourself to laugh loudly followed by deeply inhaling and calmly exhailing for half and hour. This should help to detoxify your deep muscles and muscules. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Sep 03, 2012 Justin Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition A fun faux religious text that will keep you laughing as it lampoons religion, conspiracy theory, hive-mind cult thinking, UFO cults -- arranged as a collection of random pamphlets supposedly circulated. I imagine that some or all of this may have been circulated that way at some time. It has a cool "zine" hand made photocopied feel that I enjoy.This reminds me a lot of Principia Discordia, the Discordian texts. Not sure which one came first, but if you dig this, you'll like that or vice-versa. A fun faux religious text that will keep you laughing as it lampoons religion, conspiracy theory, hive-mind cult thinking, UFO cults -- arranged as a collection of random pamphlets supposedly circulated. I imagine that some or all of this may have been circulated that way at some time. It has a cool "zine" hand made photocopied feel that I enjoy.This reminds me a lot of Principia Discordia, the Discordian texts. Not sure which one came first, but if you dig this, you'll like that or vice-versa. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Mar 25, 2019 Still rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Great high-adventure, two-fisted comedic inspirational writing!Saved my life a time or two.I always carry a copy of this in the glove compartment of my jimmy in case I pick up a hitchhiking stranger on the road to Galilee.Praise Bob, po'bucker. Put that crowbar away and put your faith in Bob. Great high-adventure, two-fisted comedic inspirational writing!Saved my life a time or two.I always carry a copy of this in the glove compartment of my jimmy in case I pick up a hitchhiking stranger on the road to Galilee.Praise Bob, po'bucker. Put that crowbar away and put your faith in Bob. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review May 04, 2019 John Montgomery rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition This book was completely ridiculous - absolutely ridiculous. I absolutely loved it except when I was feeling embarrassed for reading something that so stupidly silly. I've enjoyed it more than my 3 star rating would indicate - but I have to uphold some kind of intellectual standard. This book was completely ridiculous - absolutely ridiculous. I absolutely loved it except when I was feeling embarrassed for reading something that so stupidly silly. I've enjoyed it more than my 3 star rating would indicate - but I have to uphold some kind of intellectual standard. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Mar 24, 2007 Erin Betts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: MONGOLOIDS A REAL LAFF RIOT flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Oct 04, 2017 Pete Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition BOB and Rev. Stang were the spiritual counterparts to the politically-oriented street theater gang I organized in Minneapolis in 1981. The Subgenius originators were sending us their earliest writings and graphics and we were publishing them in our satirical bimonthly tabloid, "Minne HA! HA! -- The Twin Cities' Sorely Needed Humor Magazine." So we were among the first to publish any of the stuff that is included in this book, for our 40,000 readers here in the Twin Cities.Our own group, the 1985 BOB and Rev. Stang were the spiritual counterparts to the politically-oriented street theater gang I organized in Minneapolis in 1981. The Subgenius originators were sending us their earliest writings and graphics and we were publishing them in our satirical bimonthly tabloid, "Minne HA! HA! -- The Twin Cities' Sorely Needed Humor Magazine." So we were among the first to publish any of the stuff that is included in this book, for our 40,000 readers here in the Twin Cities.Our own group, the 1985 Brain Trust, which was mainly into guerrilla theater, was like the political counterpart to the Church of the Subgenius. Our book, Buy This TooBUY THIS TOO by me, Pete Wagner, is somewhat similar to this book but more grounded in its focus because political satire leaves you almost no choice if you want it to be effective. Our attacks on the New Right were more head-on, where BOB's were more roundabout.BUY THIS TOO, like Book of the SubGenius, came out in 1987. By the time I was writing it, Bob had pretty much faded back from the limelight (always loved that his countenance was partly peeking through in the backdrop of Letterman's "Late Night" on CBS for a few years) and the SubGenius stuff we had run in our paper was funny and fit right into our whole scene but about the only thing that was enduring by then was a faded stencil spray painting of BOB on a small concrete wall along the Mississippi River near our house. We had done more blatant things, like a bunch of stencil spray paintings on trash cans at the University of Minnesota that read "BIBLE DISPOSAL BINS" and had a big cross with a circle and slash through...The satire here is much more obtuse but we always appreciated it and the ten dollars Rev Stang sent along with his first submission to our magazine. (btw if you want to look at these, they are up at facebook/minnehahamag - I scanned as many copies as I could find a few years ago, and I'm sure there are at least some of the ones with the SubGenius material in...some of which may not be in this book)Cheers,Wag flag 1 like · Like  · see review View 1 comment Jun 26, 2008 Ned rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who remembers what slack was Recommended to Ned by: the crazy man at the soupkitchen One of the best catch-all self-help panaceas I could find at the time it came out I guess. Now I type while my left hand tries to pick off the aliens sucking on my VERY FLESH!!!!!Looking back now this article of faith seems rather prescient. Only operate this vehicle under extreme care and without the aid of trendy chemical amusements of any kind. Inoperable harm may result. If only there could return a time of say 15% oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, us puny humans may have a chance to survive and One of the best catch-all self-help panaceas I could find at the time it came out I guess. Now I type while my left hand tries to pick off the aliens sucking on my VERY FLESH!!!!!Looking back now this article of faith seems rather prescient. Only operate this vehicle under extreme care and without the aid of trendy chemical amusements of any kind. Inoperable harm may result. If only there could return a time of say 15% oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, us puny humans may have a chance to survive and escape earth's terminal velocity. But not these days despite disney and turner and nato and Sprint/AOL/myspace/FoxNews/ etc ad infinitum who ridicule our intelligence with placating unending promises of anime bliss and moral outrage on trivialities instead of the sweet rantings of someone like dear departed Rev Ivan Stang.>> transcript edited by management] flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jul 24, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Eternal Salvation or Triple Your Money Back! Yes, that is an offer these folks make, and though most of the book is bizarre enough that you're convinced it's a joke, something about it makes you aware that they're Completely Serious . . . and YOU need to be a part of it. If you're a superior creature, that is. With loads of philosophy on how the norms have shunned us and how we should now embrace Slack and buy our salvation, this book is full of brain-blistering rants, odd characters and creatur Eternal Salvation or Triple Your Money Back! Yes, that is an offer these folks make, and though most of the book is bizarre enough that you're convinced it's a joke, something about it makes you aware that they're Completely Serious . . . and YOU need to be a part of it. If you're a superior creature, that is. With loads of philosophy on how the norms have shunned us and how we should now embrace Slack and buy our salvation, this book is full of brain-blistering rants, odd characters and creatures, unholy messages, and nonsense that is 100% pure distilled truth. (And there are some cool frightening messages you can copy, cut out, and spread around! But "Bob" says you shouldn't do that either. So you should. But don't tell anyone I sent you.)I've been an ordained SubGenius minister since 1995, and it was this book that did it. flag 2 likes · Like  · see review Jan 17, 2016 James Beach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Shelves: fantastic-worlds The "Church of the Subgenius" is an organization that *appears* to be mostly the output of writer Ivan Stang and quite a few collaborators. It is either a religion disguised as a joke, or a joke disguised as a religion.Early on in this book, the Church describes it's flavor of experience as "irritainment." I would say that's quite accurate. It's also very strange, extremely funny, and at times very insightful. Also every single page has so much going on, verbally conceptually and artistically, t The "Church of the Subgenius" is an organization that *appears* to be mostly the output of writer Ivan Stang and quite a few collaborators. It is either a religion disguised as a joke, or a joke disguised as a religion.Early on in this book, the Church describes it's flavor of experience as "irritainment." I would say that's quite accurate. It's also very strange, extremely funny, and at times very insightful. Also every single page has so much going on, verbally conceptually and artistically, that you could stare at it for a day.This other review on the back of the book itself says it best:"A rare knack for masking genuine wisdom in the guise of utter bullshit." flag 1 like · Like  · see review Jan 24, 2008 Patch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone with cash. Recommended to Patch by: Gawd Bow young bucks! Before the wicked wisdom widening weeping eyes! Pay props to "Bob" and know ye to be saved from the reptile underlords of the uber realm! Give us your money! Fight along side The mighty Gee-whiz, Connie, Philo, "Bob" and Grandmaster flash in hot pusuit of the Ham Sandwich of Gawd! Give me liberty, or give me slack, or kill me!Hours of fun AND education. Mountains of cocaine. Tons of cocaine! Find your soul mate, or at least get laid by paying for it! What more could you ask for? Bow young bucks! Before the wicked wisdom widening weeping eyes! Pay props to "Bob" and know ye to be saved from the reptile underlords of the uber realm! Give us your money! Fight along side The mighty Gee-whiz, Connie, Philo, "Bob" and Grandmaster flash in hot pusuit of the Ham Sandwich of Gawd! Give me liberty, or give me slack, or kill me!Hours of fun AND education. Mountains of cocaine. Tons of cocaine! Find your soul mate, or at least get laid by paying for it! What more could you ask for? Ask, then do it yourself. Make the most of your time on the toilet. flag 1 like · Like  · see review Mar 19, 2009 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition Shelves: religion-spirituality, humor Funny for the first few chapters. Became a tedious read after a while. Repetitive jokes and massive amounts of irrelevant words, not a good thing considering that this is a book. flag 1 like · Like  · see review Dec 24, 2017 Malcolm Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition One of the most formative books of my life. I would strongly recommend it to any middle schooler struggling with religion. It is funny, fun, and subversive. flag 1 like · Like  · see review Dec 06, 2019 Phil Morngore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Control the media and control the minds.The book, which began as a couple of post-Hippie era pamphlets, has helped spread the face of "Bob" everywhere. It's Dada religion, filled with absurd conspiracy theories since before they became all the rage.A post and parallel Discordian tract, while "Principia Discordia" is love through hate, this is hate through love. This book collects and mixes and crams in and smashes the "we're better than you" nonsense of religious fanatics and rants it all togeth Control the media and control the minds.The book, which began as a couple of post-Hippie era pamphlets, has helped spread the face of "Bob" everywhere. It's Dada religion, filled with absurd conspiracy theories since before they became all the rage.A post and parallel Discordian tract, while "Principia Discordia" is love through hate, this is hate through love. This book collects and mixes and crams in and smashes the "we're better than you" nonsense of religious fanatics and rants it all together. We're right, the Pinks are wrong, and if you don't agree with US it's because you're being fooled by the CONspiracy.Ironically, some SubGenii take this creatively colorful crap seriously. You can fool some of the people.... flag Like  · see review Jan 12, 2021 Einzige rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition Shelves: religion This book relies heavily on edgy/culture jamming humour, which of course made it fun for its time but it also means its aged like milk. We just don’t live in a society of stifling lukewarm Christianity where everyone is kind of expected to go to church and think well of it but no one really strongly believes in it – the kind of society where the Simpsons is out there. Without that you are just left with some nice clip art drawings. Similarly its worth bearing in mind that if your idea of mocking This book relies heavily on edgy/culture jamming humour, which of course made it fun for its time but it also means its aged like milk. We just don’t live in a society of stifling lukewarm Christianity where everyone is kind of expected to go to church and think well of it but no one really strongly believes in it – the kind of society where the Simpsons is out there. Without that you are just left with some nice clip art drawings. Similarly its worth bearing in mind that if your idea of mocking bad writing is to write badly your book will still be badly written.Everything it does well the Principia Discordia does better.DNF flag Like  · see review Jun 10, 2020 Stephen Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition Before self publishing was easy, street preachers and lovers of obscure bands, hand typed or mimeographed margin-less, diatribes in microscopic fonts featuring randomly capitalized phrases, blurry photos, invented vocabulary and questionable spelling and gave it away in head shops and frightening looking churches. If reading 200 pages of that sounds fun, you'll love this book. I did. I would be easier to read electronically. Before self publishing was easy, street preachers and lovers of obscure bands, hand typed or mimeographed margin-less, diatribes in microscopic fonts featuring randomly capitalized phrases, blurry photos, invented vocabulary and questionable spelling and gave it away in head shops and frightening looking churches. If reading 200 pages of that sounds fun, you'll love this book. I did. I would be easier to read electronically. flag Like  · see review Jul 29, 2020 Michael Heitmanek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition Want to join a cult? Sure we all do. I feel this would have been more prolific in the early 1980’s because in 2020 it falls short. My main issue is the type is really small, it becomes a struggle to read and the random clip art doesn’t help. Also the content is to lose to hold my interest. It’s a joke, I get it but it’s not a very funny joke. flag Like  · see review Jul 07, 2021 Mark Surya added it  ·  review of another edition Audre Lorde reminded "us" of the necessity of killing the dead white fathers in our minds. This is often very difficult for Americans. So why not just get a better one? "Bob"---the dead white father for the rest of us. Audre Lorde reminded "us" of the necessity of killing the dead white fathers in our minds. This is often very difficult for Americans. So why not just get a better one? "Bob"---the dead white father for the rest of us. flag Like  · see review Aug 17, 2018 Peter Crispin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition I love this book. It's a very amusing read if you don't take it seriously, and a very thoughtful (and challenging) read if you do. I love this book. It's a very amusing read if you don't take it seriously, and a very thoughtful (and challenging) read if you do. flag Like  · see review Mar 02, 2019 No Prablem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition X day, someday... flag Like  · see review Apr 29, 2019 Raja Guttula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Hi Bob. Big fan. flag Like  · see review « previous 1 2 3 next »

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