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The World According to Jillette
on March 15, 2015
I saw Penn Jillette speak at the Mobile Beat show and downloaded this to my kindle during his talk. I was just as entertained reading his opinions on things as I was hearing them from the stage. Jillette has a lifetime of great stories and he shares many of them in this book. There's no real theme that runs through it so he has the platform to opine about performing ("The Penn who lives with his family doesn’t always feel like doing those tricks onstage every night in Vegas at nine p.m. But the Penn who works at the Rio wants to put his suit on and walk onstage every night at the same time, in the same mood, and perform those same miracles.") America ("One of the things I love about the USA is that it’s built on an idea. Other countries were built on everyone having the same heritage, the same ancestry, but this country was built by neophiles who wanted to get away. Wanted to live an idea. No matter how long you live in Italy, you’re not really Italian, but once you become a U.S. citizen, you’re an American.") and of course religion, ("Only atheists can be moral. If you’re doing it for reward or to avoid punishment, it’s not morality.”). If you like The Penn Jillette you've see on talk shows or from Celebrity Apprentice, I'd recommend this book. You'll get more of his outspoken, straightforward, unfiltered opinions. But if you already don't like him or think he's a pompous jerk don't bother with this. It'll only annoy you more.