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Teller: I presume your new book is all about me, right?
Penn Jillette: We've done three magic books together and I wrote two novels without you. I wanted to put something out there that was all me, my ideas and beliefs and take on things that would be thought-provoking and funny. I do a lot of op-ed stuff and TV pundit stuff. I'm always the nut on those panels that they go to for a joke, but end up being the guy the host says "Hey, Penn’s a whack job, but he’s right." Oh, and I guess I talk about you, too.
Teller: I'm going to pretend to ask you about the book, as if I haven't read it yet. So Penn, what's your book about?
Penn: It's a pretty funny look my life and all the goofy things that are important to me: skepticism, truth, atheism, our show, my family and friends, libertarianism. I share funny stories about those things and talk about my beliefs and even tell one about the skin falling of my scrotum. Oh, and I guess I talk about you, too.
Teller: I love the Siegfried & Roy story in the book.
Penn: I think it's my favorite and it really captures the essence of the book. It's funny, nutty and from my heart.
Teller: Do you have to be an atheist to read this book?
Penn: God No! (get it?). I’m very respectful of Christians in the book. And it's not all about being an atheist. It's a funny, humorous book about a lot of stuff that goes on in the life and head of a nutty Vegas magician. There are lots of heavy books out there about religion and Atheism. But this one might be the feel good one. Too bad Oprah’s Book Club has shut down.
Teller: Why should I buy this book if you’ve already given me a free copy?
Penn: Well, you owe me $24.99.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Oh. Hell. (Which doesn't exist!) Yes.
I picked up this audiobook in conjunction with Penn's second book on atheism, "Every Day is an Atheist Holiday," the second... Read more
Coming from a religious background, I have had a difficult time letting go of what I thought was important to me. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Wesley Anderson
The only thing that really stood out to me in this book is when he said that anyone who takes an aspirin is an atheist. Read morePublished 19 days ago by K. Foley
A wonderful book. Not a polemic, more the story of how Penn's thinking evolved as thought about the issue. The best book I have read in quite a while.Published 1 month ago by BETTER RECORDS Consignment
One of our best social critics, yet possessive of a very compassionate and thoughtful intellect, Penn in a national treasure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ProfessorB
Funny stuff. Penn is an excellent spokesman for the largest minority in the USA.Published 2 months ago by J. Chandler