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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591027577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This little book, conceived and edited by my longtime friend and collaborator Joan Konner will surprise you with absolutely Nothing. Read it and -- Nothing happens. Nothing is the joy of it." --Bill Moyers' Best Books of 2009

"This is a book about Nothing. It is full of Nothing and I have learned more about Nothing from this book than I could have imagined--or could not have." --Edward Albee, playwright

"Travel in mid-air, discover naught! Joan Konner brings us delightful little nothings packed in a vacuum: we now have the world's nothingness at our feet." --Philippe Petit, high wire artist

"A choice selection from language's higher vineyards, that almost makes you comfortable with the unthinkable." -- --Robert Kaplan, author of The Nothing That Is, and co-founder, with his wife Ellen, of The Math Circle.

"This is a book about Nothing. It is full of Nothing and I have learned more about Nothing from this book than I could have imagined--or could not have." --Edward Albee, playwright

"Travel in mid-air, discover naught! Joan Konner brings us delightful little nothings packed in a vacuum: we now have the world's nothingness at our feet." --Philippe Petit, high wire artist

"A choice selection from language's higher vineyards, that almost makes you comfortable with the unthinkable." -- --Robert Kaplan, author of The Nothing That Is, and co-founder, with his wife Ellen, of The Math Circle.

"This is a book about Nothing. It is full of Nothing and I have learned more about Nothing from this book than I could have imagined--or could not have." --Edward Albee, playwright

"Travel in mid-air, discover naught! Joan Konner brings us delightful little nothings packed in a vacuum: we now have the world's nothingness at our feet." --Philippe Petit, high wire artist

"A choice selection from language's higher vineyards, that almost makes you comfortable with the unthinkable." ----Robert Kaplan, author of The Nothing That Is, and co-founder, with his wife Ellen, of The Math Circle.

About the Author

Joan Konner conceived and edited The Atheist’s Bible, which became a national bestseller in 2007. She is Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, as well as the former publisher and currently an honorary co-chair of the Columbia Journalism Review. This is her second book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Cha on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Joan Konner has curated an enlightening and often entertaining collection of quotes on the idea of Nothing. From Samuel Beckett to physicist Richard Feynman, You Don't Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing offers various perspectives on the idea of nothing, voids, and absence. The book, which can be read as a whole or in snippets, offers a refreshing take on the world, when we are normally focused on Something.

Here is one of the quote I really enjoyed:

In a certain way, "thought" means nothing.

-- Jacques Derrida
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Johnson on September 9, 2012
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The personal journey and well-selected euphemisms lead to thought and to non-thought. Just perfect to enjoy and share with those that will read and smile or those that have lived too much in their head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nothing is more than nothingness. "You Don't Have to be Buddhist to Know Nothing: An Illustrious Collection of Thoughts on Naught" is a discussion of the concept of nothing, tracing the history of nothing, as many minds come together and discuss nothing. As these assorted individuals come into a collection compiled by Joan Konner expertly, "You Don't Have to Buddhist to Know Nothing" is nothing more than utterly fascinating, and highly recommended.
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