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The Book of the SubGenius : The Sacred Teachings of J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs Paperback – May 15, 1987
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He is defiling the hearts, eyes, ears, and intestines of our nations' children! His insidious "slack orgies" and "suicide competitions" can turn your normal child into a deranged, slackjawed robot who pursues nothing but the teachings of this lunatic pornographer! If your children are acting "abnormal", are physically "ugly", or have been recently diagnosed with "ADD" or "HERPES" chances are they may have joined Mr. Dobbs' fraudulent sex-death-cult!
Buy this book so you can learn to protect your family from the teachings of this devilish and dapper man! THEN BURN IT!!!
If you don't know what the Church of the Subgenius is already, don't grab this book trying to find out. You'll get a much better introduction from a general internet search and existing wikis. The Book is intentionally made in a very provocative manner, meaning you either "get it" or you don't. Odds are that if you aren't already ordained, or if you haven't at least talked to a friend in the Church, you're only going to be confused by the work. The probability that you won't understand the book is even outlined in the opening pages, and you'll probably put the book down right where it tells you to.
The Book of the Subgenius has to be viewed as more than just a comedy book now, both due to its age and content. It serves as the cornerstone of the literature of the Church of the Subgenius (the "prescriptures"), and sure, it's spawned a couple of sequels that have done well for itself, but it does is best job doubling as a reference work. It opens up with a visually modified version of "Pamphlet #1" aka "The world ends tomorrow and you may die!" and contains several other rants and raves and prescriptures that have appeared elsewhere over the years, alongside some fairly unique material and some really excellent visual work with all the remixed pictures and classic use of clipart.Read more ›
The notion that the figureheads pushing and representing any ideology even those as contrasting as communism and capitalism have your best interest in mind has never been revealed so plainly and humorously as fallacious. Our post 9-11 society has not only failed to diminish the teachings of The Book of the SubGenius it has in fact reinvigorated them with a renewed sense of relevancy.
If you buy into the idea of language as a virus then The Book of the SubGenius is a computer virus for the human brain. It fits comfortably between your old collection of "Mad Magazine" and your well worn copies of "Brave New World" and "!(*$" better known as "1984". If it fails to reprogram or even mildly impress you, you can at least gawk at the funny pictures before returning to the comfort of the illusory environment that has been fabricated for both the benefit of your sanity as well as your unwitting cooperation in the continuation of the Con.
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It simply is not entertaining. What more can I say. I kept reading and reading and looking for the amusing/entertaining bits. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kevin Kleinfelter
got it to show my friends not familiar with the SubGenius.Published 10 months ago by Bergen franklin
This book has changed my life; the Pipe that came with it looks super cool when I take it to clubs, parties, even work! Read morePublished 11 months ago by KEVIN M RODDY
If there is only one book you purchase in this lifetime which is entirely devoted to the principles of Slack, MAKE IT THIS ONE! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Larry Dickman
I bought it, I read it, now the cats are levitating and my teevee has become a portal to an alien dimension.
Totally worth the money!
I had a copy of this ages ago, but never it got it back after being lent out. It's not for everyone, but I found it humorous and delightfully weird.Published 14 months ago by Elsie