- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399161562
- ISBN-13: 978-0399161568
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of God, No! Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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The title notwithstanding, Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday is even less about atheism than God, No! One of Penn's longest and best riffs on religion examines Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, pointing out that King reached out to all Americans, not just religious Americans, and included relatively little religious language in the speech. Penn suggests that the concept of inclusion has been lost in the rhetoric of those who incorrectly proclaim America to be a "Christian nation," a phrase that deliberately excludes every American who isn't a Christian.Read more ›
Some of my favorites: A reflection on Father's Day, in which he laments that he "will never experience sending and receiving a Father's Day card on the same day." He speaks lovingly of his parents, causing me to pause and be thankful for my own, as well as to reflect on my role as a father. For Groundhog Day, he compares Bill Murray's experience in the movie Groundhog Day, in which he lives the day over and over, to the life of a performer, doing the same routine over and over, relishing in the fact that he gets to say and do something over and over, and for the audience they see and hear it for the first time.
I love Jillette's humility about show business. At several places he acknowledges that show business is nothing compared to "real" jobs. He would much rather spend hours and hours working on a movie set or perfecting a routine for his live show, than sit at a desk, answering to a boss he can't stand. He tells the story of meeting Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine. "I just kept looking him in the eyes and trying to imagine what it felt like to help save that many lives. . . . Doing card tricks for a living is stupid no matter who you're talking to, but look Jonas Salk in the eyes, and it seems everyone else is doing stupid card tricks for a living."
Every Day is mostly about telling stories.Read more ›
Though this book does talk about non-belief, this book is mostly about stories. Stories about show business, stories about life, and stories about joy. Penn does a great job at all of that, and reaches the audience. You genuinely feel the joy he has in life, for his family, for his parents, and for his children.
His stories, though sometimes meandering, are wonderful to read and leave you in stitches. I laughed right out of the box when he told his story of dressing up as a racist ghost (really just a bed sheet, but it resembled a KKK outfit). It made me want to go and give my son a hug when he told of his daughter recognizing him at the school, "that's my daddy!" despite being dressed up in costume. It truly showed the human side of Penn and of the love he has for life and family.
A wonderful read for fans of Penn and Teller, for hardcore atheists, and for those who don't want to admit it yet. You'll find your own joy reading it, just as sure as I did.
He's also the real thing. He sheds hype and shuns mystery. Pretty strange things for a magician to do, no? But that's how he is. I had the good fortune to see Penn & Teller live, and by a fluke of chance got selected from the crowd to participate in one of the tricks. Afterwards, as my 10-year-old son and I were leaving the theater, Penn and Teller were both out in the lobby mixing with the audience. There were crowds around each of them and I thought we would just sneak out. But then I heard Penn's big, booming voice calling me by name--he actually remembered it--insisting that I come over and say hi. He shook my hand and told me what a great job I'd done (seriously, a chimp could have stood there and been taken in by the magic as well as I had), and he really appeared grateful for my help.
Back to the book: If you've read other books he's written, you know he rambles on in a very entertaining way about things that happen in his life, how he feels about his life and the people in it, and the odd, outrageous circumstances he finds himself in. This book is not much different, and that's a good thing. His take on Donald Trump from Penn's stint on *The Celebrity Apprentice* is worth the book price alone. A good, quick read. Penn doesn't bang you over the head with his depth, but he does let it sneak up on you. As a magician should.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of Penn and Teller. And I like Penn's writing style. But I thought the title was a bit misleading. This book is just a collection of essays... Read morePublished 1 day ago by HerbertHoover
Regardless of your religious pont of view, this is a very good read. Mr. Jilette is insightful and presents his points with clarity and quite a bit of humor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Cummins
Fantastic read, both funny and thought provoking. This was a great ride inside the mind of a truly interesting man. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Cody W.
While I do love the way Penn presents himself on shows, interviews, and on his video channels, reading it can be quite terse. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David L.
A MISERABLE EFFORT FROM A GUY I LIKE. BORING, SELF INVOLVED, IT READS LIKE SOMETHING THROWN TOGETHER DURING LUNCH HOUR. IT IS WITHOUT MERIT AND HAS NOTHING TO RECOMMEND IT.Published 4 months ago by Robert