Jun 26 2013

He liked it!

Greg Laden reviews my book. I guess it was OK*.

*I’ve been in Minnesota too long. It’s beginning to rub off on me.


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  1. 1
    Greg Laden

    Eh, it was pretty good, don’t ya know, good one to bring up to the lake and read it on the boat for when the fish aren’t biting.

  2. 2

    Greg, your review leads off with a gratuitous:

    “Atheists come in many varieties. For example, they can be angry like Greta Christina,……”

    Yes, she wrote a book about why atheists get angry, but that does not make her an angry atheist. If that is all you got from reading Greta Christina, I suggest you give up reading altogether it’s not working for you.

  3. 3
    Eamon Knight

    @2: I think Greg knows that. Junxtaposing “angry Greta” with “Friendly Hemant” should be a clue ;-).

  4. 4
    Greg Laden

    Ludicrous: You have chosen an excellent pseudonym! But seriously, one could get the impression that I have a unidimensional uncomplicated view of words like “angry” and “friendly” in relation to those individuals, but I don’t. It would be impossible. Eamon, exactly.

    But just in case there are people who don’t know Greta, read her book! I don’t know if Greta still gives the talk she was giving back about the time she came out with her book, which was a presentation about the same topic, but it is on youtube, eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUI_ML1qkQE

    In her talk she shouts “Get off my lawn” no fewer than 16 times! Honest!

  5. 5
    Lynna, OM

    Hey, PZ, Greg Laden accused you of a certain “level of refinement.”

    Well, since said “refinement” is evident in your writing, I’m not too worried. We wouldn’t want your reputation as a man of action; as a killer of Catholic crackers, trouncer of Ken Hams, and warrior on the side of women’s rights to be diminished.

    I guess “refinement” doesn’t equal “polite” or “cautious” — maybe Greg was just trying to say that your knives are sharp.

  6. 6
    Greg Laden

    “Hey, PZ, Greg Laden accused you of a certain “level of refinement.””

    I certainly did not! I said his WRITING was refined, meaning, like, his words were all spelled right and he uses sentences and stuff.

    It had not occurred to me that PZ himself was refined. I’ll have to ponder on that for a while.

  7. 7

    PZ? Was that picture taken in a prison? It looks like PZ “Books” Myers is taking a rest after shuffling the library cart around in some NPR heartstring piece. I could just be me.

    By the way, I just got an Amazon gift card from my very devout and very Mormon in laws. I don’t think they’d approve, so I’m using it to get your book.

  8. 8

    whole sentences and stuff, Wow ! Though I can’t spell worth a dam myself I find it easier to read words spelled the right way. I will happily wait to read that.

    uncle frogy

  9. 9
    Steven Brown: Man of Mediocrity

    Personally I find whole sentences to be

  10. 10

    Junxtaposing “angry Greta” with “Friendly Hemant”

    I know which one of those two gives me the higher blood pressure, and it ain’t Greta.

  11. 11
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @9. Steven Brown: Man of Mediocrity : To be .. what?

    Looking forward to reading PZ Myers’ book as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Is it available in Oz yet?

    (Likes to support this blog and local small business – specifically booksellers – where possible.)

    Also will there be a sequel or three, please PZ?

  12. 12

    Just seen it’s available to pre-order here in the UK. So I have. Now to wait until August.

  13. 13

    I just checked Amazon’s front page and saw a familiar cover. The Kindle edition of your book was recommended to me “Because you purchased… A Brief History of Misogyny: The World’s Oldest Prejudice [by Jack Holland]“.

    You’re in good company. :-)

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