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Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

Whether he's contemplating the possibility of life after death, deconstructing popular Christmas carols, or just calling bullsh*t on Donald Trump's apprentice training, Jillette does not fail to shock and delight his fans. And as ever, underneath these rollicking rants lie a deeply personal philosophy and a generous spirit, which find joy and meaning in family, and peace in the simple beauty of the everyday.

Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! is a hysterical affirmation of life's magic from one of the most distinctly perceptive and provocative humorists writing today.

©2012 Penn Jillette (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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more of a mini bio, but interesting

What did you love best about Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!?

I love that he is taking a word [atheist] that was meant to be derogative and embracing it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!?

"come on baby, you can take all of me" [in a sleazy spanish accent]

But what I can't get out of my mind is the standoff between Penn and Hitchens. Hitch was spot on with his assessment of Penn's "religious" views on alcohol.

==HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!== Disney

Have you listened to any of Penn Jillette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

consistent

If you could give Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! a new subtitle, what would it be?

"Family" or "my heart to heart with Clay Akin"

Any additional comments?

It's a book filled with digressions that to an extent are not needed to support the thesis of the book and yet are at times entertaining. Penn, and every other libertarian need to stop making the embarrassingly ignorant catchphrase "at gunpoint". They are and he is referencing taxes of course and the ultimate use of force but fail to realize that their proposed alternative system also requires force "at gunpoint".

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  • John
  • Skaneateles, NY, United States
  • 03-15-13

Some good stuff but a lot of rambling

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I have mixed feelings about this book. Some of it was good while other parts not so much.

I liked the sections of the book where Penn talks religion and atheism. Humor is a great means of communication and he uses it to effectively examine the many hypocrisies and fallacies of religious belief. He is not afraid to lay it all out there in his unique irreverent way. Those who are very religious will likely be offended by these passages but then they are unlikely to be reading this in the first place.

I also enjoyed some of the insight into his performances but there should have been more of this with some secrets revealed. I know he can't give away his whole act but a few juicy tidbits of revealed magic would have been nice.

Now the bad. To much rambling steam of consciousness stuff about uninteresting events. Why is it parents who have kids late in life feel the need to wax on and on about them? Nobody cares. It may be fascinating to you but it is boring to everybody else.

Too much about what music Penn is into. Again, interesting to him but nobody else. We want to know more about what makes Penn unique, not his love of Bob Dylan and NRBQ.

He is a little too into his own genitalia. Everybody has those parts. Again, not interesting.

I could have easily fast forwarded half of this book and it would have been a lot better.

I only paid $5 for it. Would not have been worth more.

Sorry Penn. Still like you though.

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fantastic read and you don't have to be an atheist to enjoy but it helps

fantastic read and you don't have to be an atheist to enjoy but it helps. And always a treat to hear this man's voice

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good insight

Penn is a great narrator and approaches his subject in a different manner than many.

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Another great book of stories of Pen's adventures

What made the experience of listening to Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! the most enjoyable?

Penn is a very good speaker, he is funny and does very well, especially reading his own words.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Penn, of course.

What does Penn Jillette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads it as he wrote it, so there isn't any question of what parts are meant to be read sarcastically.

If you could give Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! a new subtitle, what would it be?

Tales of the Magical Atheist. ;)

Any additional comments?

A great book all around. Be aware there is a lot of foul language, as that is how Penn talks. If you have no idea about his style of talking or what this book is like, i recommend checking out his podcast, it's essentially the same thing but with different topics and in shorter form. So if you like "Penn's Sunday School" then you'll love this!

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Love penn jillette.

if there's one celebrity that I could sit down with and have a meal and just shoot the shit it would be him.

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Fantastic!

I had Penn's previous book "God, No" and this was basically a continuation. Engaging stories, wildly entertaining and all around great.

not preachy, not blow-hardy, just straight up from Penn's mind to your ears.

GREAT book. Loved loved loved it

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Not For the Faint of Heart, Heart Warming Anecdote

Often dirty, often touching, but always interesting anecdotes from Penn's life. If you love Penn Jillette, if you love Atheist philosophy or stories about the interesting life of a humble, honest, but still flawed human being this book is for you. If you're easily offended by inappropriate actions or thinking stay far, far away. The only writer on the subject of Atheism I enjoy more than Penn is Christopher Hitchens himself, and like Mr. Hitchens' God is Not Great, Penn narrates this work himself lending the emotion and cadence that he intended while penning the novel.

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shut up and take my money 😊

an intelligent interesting man talking about hugely important things.... and dick jokes... what else do you need

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Wow

Loved it.

Funny, entertaining and informative :)... Almost as good as God, No. Penn is the man

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