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Product Details

  • Paperback: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583940006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583940006
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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, author/artist Succulent Wild Woman

"A book so weird it just might drive you stark raving sane."—Robert Anton Wilson

“I’ve seen the future of American literature and its name is Rob Brezsny.”—novelist Tom Robbins
 
“Brezsny holds his own place next to cultural shamans like Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, William Burroughs, and Ken Kesey.”—Popmatters.com
 
“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 Guide to the Western Inner Traditions
 
The Televisionary Oracle’s heroine, Rapunzel, is one of recent literature’s sexiest female protagonists.”—Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque
 
“Millions of people already live their lives in accordance with Rob Brezsny’s ‘Free Will Astrology’ prophecies. But the time has come for a deeper dose of Brezsny’s brain. Enter this temple if you dare!”—David Ulansey, author of The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries
 
“Rob Brezsny is contemporary literature’s Sage Against the Machine.”—Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA
 
“The prose is poetic, circular, dancing, combining the narrative voices of Anais Nin, Tom Robbins, and David Ignatow.”—Rain Taxi
 
“What Rob Brezsny does with words is grammarye, the Old English term for magic. With his strange brew of macho feminism and poetic rationalism, Brezsny weaves a yarn crazy enough to be true and real enough to subvert the literalist virus of cynicism now immobilizing the collective mindscape.”—Antero Alli, author of Astrologik, Angel Tech, and The Vertical Oracle
 
“Smart and insane, The Televisionary Oracle takes you on a wild inner journey that makes you ask the question, have I done any good in the world? It also makes you wonder, how does a man know so much about the psyche of a woman? A marvelous book. A must read.”—Grainne Rhuad

About the Author

Rob Brezsny writes "Free Will Astrology," a syndicated weekly column that reaches nine million readers in over 100 publications, including the Village Voice, where it has appeared every week since January 1999. It is also published on his website, at www.freewillastrology.com, and is distributed through a weekly email newsletter with 26,500+ subscribers.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 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. One of World Entertainment War's albums was nominated for a "Bammy," 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.Brezsny's latest book, Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, can be seen here.

More About the Author

I'm sorry to report that Amazon is still selling copies of the old edition of my book "PRONOIA Is the Antidote for Paranoia." It's out-of-print, and was superseded by the substantially revised and expanded version.

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.

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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.

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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
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FreeWillAstro
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

Customer Reviews

For anyone who is a seeker of truth and beauty.
Robert Rabinowitz
If you like your Goddess to be smart and deep but also silly and irreverent, Breszney might just speak to you.
R. McLendon
Appreciating this book is also greatly abetted by an appreciation of spiritual experiences.
Mark Baum

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By valerie reiss on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was getting ready for my stop in the NYC subway which meant closing the Televisionary Oracle and putting it back in my bag. Before I did this however, I impulsively kissed the book's cover, causing the woman sitting next to me to say, "Must be a good book." I said "You know when you read something you've been waiting SO long to hear?" She bravely jotted down the name of the book and I nightly continue to bathe in its satisfying, delirious, sacred waters. "I laughed, I cried, it's better than Cats." Thank you Rob, you crazy, beautiful man (and honorary woman), for having the courage and chutzpah and foresight to write this sexy romance, spiritual treatise and instruction book for live living.
Read this book. Pace yourself; It's like very rich fudge, or an amazing amazon adventure. I feel like writing Rob and requesting an "I survived the Televisionary Oracle" t-shirt. Then perhaps the perfect passing beauty and truth fan will reverently, respectfully kiss ME underground.
Goddess Bless all B&T fans past, present and beyond.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. McLendon on August 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you yearn for a spiritual connection to the universe, but find Zen meditation deathly-dull, check out Breszney's version of enlightenment. He believes that holiness can -- and should -- be sexy and fun. If you like your Goddess to be smart and deep but also silly and irreverent, Breszney might just speak to you. If you feel hostility toward things that violate your expectations, then this isn't the book for you.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sonja on September 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. While entertaining me, it taught me multitudes of lessons that I am still trying to assimilate. One of these lessons is that I must kill the apocalypse by loving it. I am in awe of this concept. While internalizing this dogma, I have learned that the alchemical process of taking in the bad stuff and melting it down to its purest, non-harmful form is truly a means to reach enlightenment. Everything that is perceived as negative has its uses and the energy therein must be harnessed to move forward. This book will change your life. Use it in everyday life, even if it's just to keep the kitchen table from tottering around, and you will notice a difference in your life.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Gill on June 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Robert Anton Wilson talks about how what we really need on this planet are six billion different religions: six billion names for God. Likewise, I think every author should have the right to his or her own unique genre. Stephen King and Philip Roth and Jack Kerouac and Rob Brezsny shouldn't all be forced to share the title of "novelist."

It's true that "The Televisionary Oracle" has storylines that resemble the kind of plots found in what are typically called "novels." But the book is really more of a memoir, or rather a double memoir narrated by a hero and heroine who take turns unveiling their improbable yet engaging life stories.

The book is also stuffed with a host of other genres: oracles that manage to be both dead serious and wryly wacky; lucid dreams that purport to cast spells on world political leaders; spiritually correct porn; philosophical treatises that are utterly lunatic and crisply logical; and prophecies allegedly delivered by a descendant of Nostradamus' cook. It counsels the reader on how to avoid being victimized by the genocide of the imagination, offers an enthusiastic endorsement of St. Paul's creed, "I die daily," and outlines techniques by which you can "kill the apocalypse." There's even a covert guidebook called "A Feminist Man's Guide to Picking Up Women."

The book definitely isn't for everyone. There's not a single murder, violent act, rape, crashed car, attempted suicide, outbreak of drug abuse, terminal illness, arson, or crime. That alone will make it taboo to more than half the population. But I'm insane enough to think that beauty, truth, justice, liberation, pleasure, and demented acts of benevolent trouble can be interesting, which is why I loved "The Televisionary Oracle."
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am surprised to see the "Horror" genre attached to Rob's joyous, chunky, sexually affirmative novel of the future. The only horrifying thing about it is that it ends. A retelling of the Rapunzel myth, a direct and pungent insight into the life of a rockstar, and a weirdly beautiful exhortation to action, The Televisionary Oracle took me on a wild ride inside Rob's head, through his heart, and out through his sole(s). What impressed me most in this Tom Robbins-like romp were its deep philosophical underpinnings. Rob seems to be telling us -- amid mind- and gender-bending antics, sexual romps, and fairytale interludes -- that beauty and truth as just as compelling as nihilism and death. Nice idea for a new millennium.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2000
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That's the message Rob wrote in my copy, and I was delighted to see it. The book is fulfilling on so many levels, and I am going to have to read it at least 5 more times before I will feel I have the full impact. Yet reading it is not a chore, but a delight. Small doses suited me best, as each section left me with something new to think about. It also left me smiling. I am telling everyone I know! Special note to fans of Robert Anton Wilson: this is your sorta thing!
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