Admittedly digressive, tangential collection of random thoughts and observations about life from the perspective of a wise-cracking atheist.
Critically acclaimed magician and comedian Jillette (The Bible of Unspeakable Truths, 2010, etc.) organizes his latest into chapters that replace each of the Ten Commandments with an atheistic suggestion on how to live life. As such, the author creates his own atheist-libertarian manifesto aimed to disgust and enrage any God-loving churchgoer who dares to peruse even a few pages. Many of his stories, however, do not directly preach atheism or criticize organized religion but instead illustrate “how one goofy atheist lives his life in turn-of-the-century America.” Jillette delivers provocative commentary on a variety of controversial topics, such as global warming, 9/11 and airline security. These thoughts are interspersed with personal anecdotes about his outrageous adventures and escapades before and after becoming a celebrity, including sex while scuba-diving, relationships with strippers and a mishap involving a hair dryer and scorched genitals. While Jillette writes with a witty finesse that certainly adds humor to his stories, it is usually masked underneath layers of unbridled profanity and vulgarity. Favoring shock value, the author gives the impression that he would be extremely disappointed if his audience did not find him offensive.
Fans of Jillette’s outspoken sarcasm and indecency will not be disappointed.