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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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Divine obfuscation has a purpose. This is the classic that ushered in so many imitators, imitators who did not get "it." "It" is slack, the desiderata that cannot be desired and is only attainable through "Bob," the evil god/male model who founded the Church of the SubGenius without bothering to "exist." If you read this holy book properly, you will learn to "pull the wool over your own eyes." While this volume may seem hilarious, it's also an incredibly adept deconstruction of religion in general and the human impulse to believe in and follow anyone who promises to give their lives meaning and structure. Plus, it's the only place to find the information you need to survive when the bad alien gods come out of the sky to kill, enslave, and entertain us. If you don't already have a copy, then hand in your hipness ID card and hang your head in shame.

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Sometimes a book goes too far. Sometimes is... now. First, there was The Gilgamesh. Then... the Bhagavad-Gita Then... the Torah, the New Testament, the Koran Then... the Book of Mormon, Dianetics, I'm OK You're OK. And now...The Book of the Subgenius (How to Prosper in the Coming Weird Times)END

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery Books; 1st Fireside ed edition (May 15, 1987)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0671638106
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0671638108
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
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Warning do not buy the kindle version. It's bitmapped and atrocious. You cannot read any of the small illustrations, which is 90% of the book.
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Zanier than Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and humorously more conspiratorial than QAnon. Their take on conspiracy theories are absolutely delightful, as picture above shows.
Everyone need “Slack”. Everyone needs to “kill time”. These are the basis of this “religion” and “philosophy”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobs top choice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not in any useful or sensible order for the believer
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