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Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings Paperback – Bargain Price, May 24, 2005
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- Tom Robbins, author of Another Roadside Attraction, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
"Brilliant! Absorbing! Wildly useful! Rob Brezsny gets my nomination for best prophet in a starring role. He's a script doctor for the soul."
-Marisa Tomei, Academy Award-winning actress
"I am deeply inspired by the illuminated words of Rob Brezsny. He is a word wizard for the soul."
-SARK, bestselling author of Succulent Wild Woman and many other books
"What's amazing is how Brezsny's prose remains invigorating in the transition from weekly astrology to larger scope writing. The prose is still poetic, circular, almost dancing, combining the narrative voices of Anais Nin, Tom Robbins, David Ignatow, and a host of ancient mystics."
"Brezsny holds his own place next to other cultural shamans such as Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, Reverend Ivan Stang, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey."
"Like a mutant love-child of Jack Kerouac and Anais Nin, Rob Brezsny writes with devilish humor, spiritual audacity, and erotic intensity. The Televisionary Oracle is a kick-ass gnostic tale. Prepare to be astonished."
-Jay Kinney, author of Hidden Wisdom
"A book so weird it might drive you stark raving sane."
-Robert Anton Wilson
About the Author
When Utne Reader named Brezsny a "Culture Hero," it observed: "With a blend of spontaneous poetry, feisty politics, and fanciful put-on, Brezsny breathes new life into the tabloid mummy of zodiac advice columns."
In its profile of Brezsny, The New York Times quoted a reader who compared his writing to that of Tom Robbins. The horoscopes "are like little valentines, buoyant and spilling over with mischievousness. They're a soul prognosis."
Before his other book, The Televisionary Oracle, Brezsny's enduring artistic artifacts were music albums, one created as a solo artist and three with the band World Entertainment War, which recorded for MCA. World Entertainment War's albums was nominated for a "Bammie," California's version of the Grammies, and benefited from the promotional wizardry of rock's top impresario, Bill Graham, who managed World Entertainment War until his death.
More About the Author
If you're thinking of buying PRONOIA, please get the revised and expanded version here: http://bit.ly/Pronoia
Don't get the old one, which is here: http://amzn.to/XiwU0l
Because of the quirks of what Amazon is doing, I don't get any of the revenues from the sale of the old book.
What's the difference between the old edition and the new version of PRONOIA?
The revised and expanded version has over 63,500 new words and 73 new illustrations -- 55% additional material beyond what the first edition had. Basically, there's a whole extra new book crammed into it.
There are 2 extra chapters, 18 completely new pieces, plus 14 new Sacred Advertisements. Many of the original pieces of the book were revised and expanded, as well.
A central piece in the book, "Glory in the Highest," is nine times longer than it was in the original.
Here's more on the differences between the two editions of PRONOIA:
The ISBN-10 of the revised and expanded edition is 1556438184. It's 400 pages, and was published in September 2009.
The ISBN-10 of the old edition is 1583941231. It's 312 pages and was published May 2005.
Here's my bio:
Rob Brezsny is an aspiring master of curiosity and founder of the Beauty and Truth Lab. He writes "Free Will Astrology," a syndicated column that appears in 115 publications around the world and on the Web. He periodically performs a pagan revival show called the Sacred Uproar.
Brezsny's latest book is the revised and expanded edition of "Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings." Novelist Tom Robbins had this to say about it: "I've seen the future of American literature and its name is Rob Brezsny." According to Popmatters.com, "Brezsny holds his own place next to cultural shamans like Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey."
As much a storyteller and social observer as astrologer, Brezsny brings a literate, myth-savvy perspective to his astrological writing. When Utne Reader named Brezsny a "Culture Hero," it observed: "With a blend of spontaneous poetry, feisty politics, and fanciful put-on, Brezsny breathes new life into the tabloid mummy of zodiac advice columns."
In addition to his books and column, Brezsny has created five music albums. Three were with the band World Entertainment War, which recorded on MCA Records and was nominated for a "Bammie," California's version of the Grammies. WEW benefited from the promotional wizardry of one of rock's top impresarios, Bill Graham, who managed the band until his death. The story of Brezsny's life in music is recounted in his book "The Televisionary Oracle."
Here's some further evidence:
Rob's website: http://FreeWillAstrology.com
Facebook page: http://bit.ly/BrezFB
Rob's weekly horoscopes are at http://FreeWillAstrology.com/horoscopes
Rob's book The Televisionary Oracle: http://bit.ly/Televisionary
Rob's music page: http://bit.ly/RealWEW
Rob's CD: http://bit.ly/WEWmusic
Top Customer Reviews
I don't think I've ever come across a book anything like Pronoia before. It is large, chock full of information of the positive sort (as opposed to of the negative sort). This is because "pronoia" is the opposite of "paranoid" (when you think everyone is out to get you)---you think every is out to shower you with blessings! The book is written to celebrate pronoia is a variety of ways, all of which make you feel good.
The author, Rob Brezskny, writes in a lyrical, irreverant, wildly unconventional and beautiful style. I've never seen anyone else write like that---he is unique. The book sort of reminds me in a way of Ram Dass' "Be Here Now", a cult classic, and an amazing consciousness book of the time that is still in print today. I think that Pronoia will be as popular as that classic book.
Pronoia is an experience, not just a book. And you can GET the experience from just reading the book! It can be read linearly, or bit by bit from time to time, with equally good results. There are many interactive sections, provocative questions, exercises to try, ideas for journalling, etc. throughout the book. These interactive things aren't traditional exercises you'd find in a "normal" book, though. They are wild, wacky, and wonderful---just like the book!
The book is quite irreverent, yet it beautifully captures the God I worship in its pages---not the God of any one religion, but of all of us. He thinks up interesting new names for this supreme being like "the Divine Wow"...and you experience the love of this higher power throughout the book, not in ways you'd expect. There is much humor throughout too---it is a laugh-out loud kind of book.Read more ›
This is not your college Philosophy 101 class's philosophy book. It's structured rather freewheelingly, part creative workbook (including spaces for you to write your own thoughts and even your own chapter), part essay collection, part word art (noting the inclusion of "homeopathic medicine wheels" that cram negative information in a circular paragraph enclosed by healing symbols and words), part exuberant poetry slam, part instruction manual for the inner development of "rowdy bliss". Big and packed full of interesting information and musings, illustrated lavishly with quirky graphics and nifty fonts, it is the kind of book that you can either read straight through or flip around, seeing where the pages fall in a somewhat bibliomantic attempt to receive an eccentric oracle. One thing's for sure, one reading is not enough to completely absorb everything this book contains, but it will be a pleasure to go back and re-read many times in the future.
No doubt the less whimsically inclined would regard this book with a raised eyebrow and no little incredulity; Breszny's a holy fool, a sacred clown, and he can be downright outrageous and goofy even when he's at his most heartfelt and profound. Cynics may find his relentless optimism over the top.Read more ›
Rob Brezsny slays the cult of doom and replaces fear with joy.
There should be more books like "PRONOIA" published today, but so far there aren't: this is the only one.
You don't need The Church, A Savior, A Guru, Ayahuasca, DMT or Psilocybin Mushrooms to "break on through to the other side." Brezsny takes you there in the pages of "PRONOIA."
It's one of those books that you don't even have to read lineary at all: flip it open to any page and know that the Universe has directed you to this specific thought!
Bravo, Brezsny! You created something exceptional here.
"PRONOIA" is the best book I've read in the 21st Century!
News-Talk 550 KTSA
San Antonio, Texas
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I need an inspirational pick-me-up to get my wheels spinning in motion, I pick up this book and read a few pages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sprinterlife
my favorite part about this book is that most of it has large margins where you are encouraged to write your own experiences and comments. Read morePublished 4 months ago by femmefatale11
Such a great book. I love Brezsny's writing style....he makes you feel so passionate about living and fully experiencing every day life. There is no book like this!Published 4 months ago by Kacey M
Amazing book, Rob Brezsny has a beautiful take on living life to the fullest. I quote from him on a regular basis, both to remind myself and to offer joy to my friends and family!Published 4 months ago by Karen Popp
Life changing book. I would recommend this book to everyone on the planet.Published 4 months ago by Paige R.