Synopses & Reviews
From the louder, larger half of world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments, revealing one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.
• Hilarious, smart read: Not only can the man rant, he can write. One of the most outspoken and visible atheists in the media today, Penn is brilliantly witty and observant, self-deprecating, and hysterically obscene. This collection of absurdly funny essays transforms his hard-earned and worldly experience, self-taught wisdom, and common sense into a truly heartfelt read.
• A one-man publicity machine and relentless promoter: Apart from the legendary Penn & Teller act, Penn’s solo exposure is enormous. He has appeared on shows ranging from Howard Stern to Glenn Beck, Dancing with the Stars to MTV Cribs, and David Letterman to Top Chef and The View. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! is the longest-running show on Showtime.
• The Penn Commandments: Illuminated by a range of funny, tender, sad, and autobiographical stories, Penn’s self-created Decalogue is conceived and written with a healthy dose of skepticism, extraordinary humor, and unexpected grace. On his own Commandment #4 (Put aside some time to rest and think) he muses, “If you’re religious, that might be the Sabbath; if you’re a Vegas magician, that’ll be the day with the lowest grosses.” Commandment #8 (Don’t steal) draws this gem: “This includes magic tricks and jokes — you know who you are!”
"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 the award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon
"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
"Penn Jillette is a twenty-first-century Lord of Misrule: big, boisterously anarchic, funny, Rabelaisian, impossible and unique. There isn't — couldn't be — better not be — anybody like him." Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of The Greatest Show on Earth and The God Delusion
A scathingly funny illumination of the 10 Commandments from Penn Jillette, the bigger, louder half of world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller.
Not only can the man rant, he can write.
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. In this rollicking yet honest account of a godless existence, Penn takes readers on a roller coaster of exploration and flips conventional religious wisdom on its ear to reveal that doubt, skepticism, and wonder — all signs of a general feeling of disbelief — are to be celebrated and cherished, rather than suppressed. And he tells some pretty damn funny stories along the way. From performing blockbuster shows on the Vegas Strip to the adventures of fatherhood, from an on-going dialogue with proselytizers of the Christian Right to the joys of sex while scuba diving, Jillette's self-created Decalogue invites his reader on a journey of discovery that is equal parts wise and wisecracking.
About the Author
Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award winning magic duo Penn & Teller. His solo exposure is enormous: from Howard Stern to Glenn Beck to the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, MTV Cribs, and Chelsea Lately, and hosted the NBC game show Identity. As part of Penn & Teller, he has appeared more than twenty times on David Letterman, as well as on several other TV shows, from The Simpsons and Friends to Top Chef and The View. He cohosts the controversial series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, which has been nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards. He is currently cohost of the Discovery Channel's Penn & Teller Tell A Lie.