Penn Jillette Really Loves Books About Atheism…

The New York Times asked Penn Jillette about his reading habits and he managed to squeeze in more atheist references than I thought humanly possible in the paper of record:

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I’m not big on government requirements, but I would suggest “God Is Not Great,” by Hitchens. It would be good for the country if the president could be seen reading that. Even better if that president is Romney — maybe he’d lose the funny underwear.

You’re in charge of setting a college student’s freshman-year curriculum. Your list of required reading… on religion?

The Bible — cover to cover, without someone alibiing it. Just read it. Nothing will turn you into an atheist faster.

What’s the one book you wish someone else would write?

A great biography of James (Amazing) Randi. I love him too much to do it justice myself. I have no perspective; he created me.

I also learned more about his naked reading habits that I ever really wanted to know.

You can read the full interview here.

The paperback version of Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! comes out this October.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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