Synopses & Reviews
In the beginning there was the Holy Bible
2 Which was a very good book indeed, but so many things happened since the beginning,
3 That Maybe it was time for another bible,
4 So a punk from Philadelphia wrote a new one,
5 And so it is called The Boomer Bible,
6 So there.
7 And Its Past Testament tells the history of the world, including the Book of Greeks, Book of Brits, Book of Yanks, Book of Russkies, and all the other self-proclaimed Chosen Nations,
8 And people sticking each other with pointed sticks, and acting up, which is called civilization,
9 And also about religion and art and movies and literature, and TV, and so forth, which is why there are also the Books of Pnowlege,
10 Including Psongs, Psayings, and Psomethings,
11 Written just like the other Bible but without any big unpronounceable words,
12 So that you and I might truly understand it,
13 For a change.
14 And Its Present Testament tells about the coming of Harry, and The Way of Harry,
15 Who may be the messiah everybody has been waiting for,
16 Unless he really isn't,
17 Which is hard to say,
18 So there.
19 And there is also The Book of Harrier Brayer together with the Harrier Hymnal,
20 And another Testament too,
21 And Concordance, and a lenticular hand on the cover.
22 And It is not for the faint of heart,
23 Or the easily offended,
24 Or the priggish or the prudish,
25 But who cares,
26 Because neither was Candide, or Swift's A Modest Proposal, or Rabelais, or Lenny Bruce
28 Or all the other satires and satirists who felt the need to warn us when we have gone astray,
29 Which we have,
29 Which you'll know all about,
31 If you read your Boomer Bible,
32 Or there.
Over 87,000 copies in print.
"One of the oddest, funniest, darkest, smartest, and most innovative books to come along in years". -- San Francisco Chronicle.
For everyone born in the second half of the 20th century--the first new bible to be published in the English language since the King James version in 1611. The Past Testament tells the history of the world, including the Book of Greeks, Brits, Yanks, and all the other self-proclaimed Chosen Nations. Includes Present Testament and the Book of Harrier Brayer.
A sprawling, wickedly funny modern rewriting of the Bible that's meant to sum up a generation. -The Wall Street Journal
Only once in ten years, if we're very lucky, does a book like THE BOOMER BIBLE come along. It's the kind of book that makes you laugh, makes you angry, makes you question, makes you cringe, makes you think and shout yes! in agreement. It's the kind of book that thoroughly defines its times.
Without heresy or sacrilege, R.F. Laird has appropriated the most popular format in the history of Western letters to examine the beliefs and values we live by, and everything that went into forming them-from literature to psychoanalysis, from religion to relativity to TV. He captures the conflict of the Boomer era-growing up with the Ten Commandments, the Four Gospels, and the Golden Rule, and coming of age in the era of sex, drugs, and gimme gimme gimme. And he tells lots of great jokes-the kinds of jokes Lenny Bruce might have told, or Mark Twain, or Jonathan Smith, or Rabelais or Aristophanes.
THE BOOMER BIBLE is a dazzling invention, a darkly comic and devastating mirror of our age. Look into it, and see how far we've come-and gone astray.
About the Author
R. F. Laird graduated cum laude from Harvard at the age of 19, and went on to become a founding partner in the management consultant corporate public relations firm of Laird, Long, and Sylvester. The Boomer Bible, his first book, took him ten years to write.