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Principia Discordia Paperback – January 1, 1980
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2. Very yellow cover. Almost like a golden apple.
3. 53 pages. It has a 5 in it. This is good.
4. My pineal glad tingled as soon as I opened the box.
5. They fnord will be very unhappy to know I have this. But given what a good and useful book this is, I'm ok with Them fnord watching me even more closely now.
First off, "W" day has nothing whatsoever to do with either the 41st or the 43rd President of the future F.U.S.A. It is closer to the concept of "The Big W" in the Three Stooges funniest full-length feature flick. There is a doorway, a doorway in the sand referred to by "Z", whose untimely death has placed us on Amber alert.
Next, we must all do our part to spread the Word - chaotic though it may be - lest it be said of us "We failed to repent, quit our Jobs and slack off!" Nay, it is better to purchase a copy of Principia Discordia in a remainder bin from a Loompanics/SJG bankruptcy sale than to let one little child fail to see the light, ten times brighter than the day. Blessed be the cabbages, theirs is the mass of sauerkraut. Hail Eris! What ever happened to the chainsaw juggler?
From the review of the editors of Protocols of 'Zine: Wingdings, 7-point, bold, italics, UDP, haalf-duplex. All Hail Discordia! Fay Wray died for my sinus! - from "On the Other Hand".
Maybe I'm just weird (a very distinct possibility given my current reading list), but I actually got more real belly laughs out of "Ashes" than I did from "Principia Discordia", despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that "Dropping Ashes on the Buddha" is unquestionably a serious work on Zen, while "Principia Discordia" is clearly not serious, though the authors do appear to have a serious message. Seung Sahn's fascinating combination of wit and wisdom reminded me of a kind of Buddhist Groucho Marx, while the undeniably funny material in "Principia Discordia" put me more in mind of the Three Stooges. The humor's there in abundance, but the depth of the message just isn't the same.
Nonetheless, I'm glad I bought this book, if for no other reason than to teach me the origin of the Erisians I've read about in so many science fiction books (the "Illuminatus!" trilogy/ISBN 0440539811 and "The Long Run"/ISBN 1576466396 being my two favorites).