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Aug 02 2013

What’s in the box? Awww, WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Oh, sure, Stephanie will tell you about all the other stuff going down at the Minnesota Atheists’ Regional Conference next weekend, the good and the bad, but she’s afraid to tell you what’s in the box. Well, I’m not…my sin is envy, and I’ll gladly share with you what’s in the box, just to steal a little attention.

Don’t look below the fold. Just don’t.

thebox

Isn’t it pretty? My book should be available for early purchase at the conference. And I’ll be there, so I can probably take a pen and put a squiggle somewhere on the title page.

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  1. 1
    Brett McCoy

    I wonder when Amazon will be mailing mine out

  2. 2
    Brett McCoy

    Even better, Amazon now offers a Kindle version…

  3. 3
    The Mellow Monkey

    Yay! Can’t wait for mine to arrive.

  4. 4
    ivarhusa

    I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle Reader. Delivery scheduled for 13Aug2013. Looking forward to it.

  5. 5
    Vall

    For some reason I was expecting to see a severed head.

  6. 6
    autumn

    I was expecting a cracker.

  7. 7
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    What matters is not what’s in the box, PZ. What matters is, is it dead, or alive? (Hint: it can be both!).

  8. 8
    marko

    @Vall
    A severed head? That wouldn’t make Detective David Mills lose all faith in America. But a book by a prominent atheist blogger…

  9. 9
    Vall

    P.Z. has the upper hand.

  10. 10
    ianash

    Because the coward author has disabled comments I have to post here:

    “There is a pretty significant gray area between people who really are in crisis and people who know that saying they’re in crisis will get them what they want.”

    With this one comment, you have lost me as a reader.

    Learn about suicide ideation you self obsessed jerk and maybe then you will see how deeply offensive and ignorant your comments are. It’s like saying some women want to be raped because of the way they dress.

  11. 11
    myeck waters

    Huh. If you really were a reader you’d know there is a place for OT comments. And if you read for comprehension you’d have noticed that the post you’re complaining about was written by someone other than the author of the post you’re complaining after.

  12. 12
    Marcus Ranum

    is it dead, or alive? (Hint: it can be both!).

    After strange eons, even death may die!

  13. 13
    magistramarla

    Awww, I was hoping for kittens!

  14. 14
    gregpeterson

    Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.

  15. 15
    microraptor

    I was expecting that nothing would be in the box. Or maybe a red snapper.

  16. 16
    iknklast

    Waiting for Apostacon to get mine. Are you still scheduled?

  17. 17
    shouldbeworking

    Where’s the box of kittens?

    Oops, wrong website….

  18. 18
    gaparker

    I just want to know, when is the Book Tour coming to the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area? I’d prefer to buy one of those hand-squiggled versions.

  19. 19
    Sili

    With this one comment, you have lost me as a reader.

    And yet, here you are.

  20. 20
    PZ Myers

    Errm, Apostacon? I don’t think I was invited.

  21. 21
    Rutee Katreya

    Did you let Jokey Smurf write the headline? It hought he was too busy being in terrible movies.

    *Full disclosure, haven’t actually watched them, dunno if they kept that particular smurf.

  22. 22
    sinned34

    I’m totally looking forward to downloading that book off of Bittorrent!

  23. 23
    Nathaniel Frein

    Just ordered the Kindle version. Can’t wait!

  24. 24
    sinned34

    Microraptor @ 15:

    I was expecting that nothing would be in the box. Or maybe a red snapper.

    I have no idea who you are, and I don’t know if I’ve ever read a single comment ever made by you, but you just made me fall in love with you with that one statement.

  25. 25
    baileyguese

    Love the cover
    How do we get a signed copy ? Dont mind paying extra$
    also
    any plans on audio book (audible.com)

    good luck!

  26. 26
    Stella

    Yes, please. Audiobook, please. I can’t read print, and there are so few books on atheism and science available as audiobooks.

    Stella

  27. 27
    Bill Dauphin, avec fromage

    Stella:

    Yes, please. Audiobook, please.

    I second that emotion! Happily, I believe (though I could be mistaken) that PZ has said there will be an audiobook. My request would be for a Whispersync Audible/Kindle pairing.

    …there are so few books on atheism and science available as audiobooks.

    I’m surprised to hear you say this: Without even looking, I know I’ve got multiple titles by Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, etc., in my Audible library, along with FtBs’ own Greta Christina (Why Are You Atheists So Angry[1]) and other relevant works like Why Evolution Is True (Jerry Coyne) and Your Inner Fish. As for science, look for popular science books by Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything), Simon Winchester (Krakatoa, A Crack in the Edge of the World, Atlantic, The Map that Changed the World), the luminous Mary Roach (Bonk, Stiff, Packing for Mars, Gulp), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Death by Black Hole), and many others, plus histories and biographies on scientific subjects too numerous to list.

    Through in what I think of as “allied subjects” — medicine, gender and sexuality, social sciences, skepticism, progressive politics — and I would think there’s enough Pharyngula-reader-relevant audio content to last ’til the heat death of the universe.

    Or maybe I’m just a slow listener. ;^)

    [1] Greta’s Bending has just been released on audio, too, but I don’t think it exactly fits into either “atheism” (though no doubt it vexes the orthodox just as much) or “science.”

  28. 28
    Stella

    Bill Dauphin,

    I would think there’s enough Pharyngula-reader-relevant audio content to last ’til the heat death of the universe.

    There are a lot more science and atheism books available now than there were just a few years ago, but there aren’t nearly enough. I have read every book you mention and more. It’s frustrating not to have access to information because I can no longer read. I don’t find the synthetic speech to be a good substitute, because it lacks meaningful emphasis, and pronunciation is iffy, making it hard to follow.

    Stella

  29. 29
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @Marcus Ranum

    “That is not dead which can eternal lie”, but can what’s in the box lie eternal?

    *nitpick; “And with strange aeons even death may die”.

    @ianash

    Because the coward author has disabled comments I have to post here:

    “There is a pretty significant gray area between people who really are in crisis and people who know that saying they’re in crisis will get them what they want.”

    With this one comment, you have lost me as a reader.

    Learn about suicide ideation you self obsessed jerk and maybe then you will see how deeply offensive and ignorant your comments are. It’s like saying some women want to be raped because of the way they dress.

    1- The author of that piece was Chris Clarke, not PZ Myers.

    2- Chris Clarke himself suffers from depression, and mentions so in that piece, and (if I remember correctly but could be wrong) has suffered from suicidal urges in the past.

    3- If you think Chris closed the thread through cowardice, you clearly didn’t read his stated reasons for closing the thread… or your reading comprehension is as bad as I am beginning to believe.

    4- Your post should have gone in Thunderdome rather than interrupting a thread about PZ’s achievement in finishing his book, you self obsessed jerk.

    5- fuck off

    @Nathaniel Frein

    Just ordered the Kindle version. Can’t wait!

    Kindle version? I am so on that :)

  30. 30
    Bill Dauphin, avec fromage

    Stella:

    There used to be a service that provided audio books (in a proprietary format, played on a special player) for free to the blind, and to others whose physical challenges made it difficult or impossible to read (my father used it when his Parkinsonian tremors made it impossible to focus on a page). Does that still exist, or has the boom in commercial audiobooks wiped it out?

    Also, have you tried LibriVox? I haven’t, and don’t know how much they have on atheism or science, but since they specialize works in the public domain, there’d be no overlap with audible or commercial (CD) audiobooks. Just a thought….

  31. 31
    Stella

    NLS is a function of the US Library of Congress. That’s probably the service your father used, I have some LibriVox books; they only do public domain.

    In both cases the books are not current science, rational responses to religion, historical-critical bible studies or other topics that interest me. There are some useful history books available from both services, but those tend to be available from Audible as well.

    I would like to read Daniel Dennett’s Breaking The Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, but it’s not available as an audiobook. I keep trying to listen to it on the Kindle, but I can’t get my brain to follow the text-to-speech voice. There are many books like this that I have bought for the Kindle but haven’t been able to read. I buy them to support the (mostly atheist) authors and in the hope that I may someday adjust to the artificial reading.

    Another thing I do when I can’t read a book is look for online lectures, speeches or interviews with the authors. These often exist as podcasts or YouTube videos. It’s not like reading the book, but it’s something.

    Thank you for your interest, Bill. I appreciate your suggestions.

    Stella

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