2.01.2009

THE SUBGENIUS PSYCHLOPAEDIA OF SLACK: THE BOBLIOGRAPHON by Rev. Ivan Stang

The Church of the SubGenius is a parody of almost every other religion out there. Every SubGenius member gets Slack: The universe owes you something for nothing! J.R. "Bob" Dobbs (a 1940s-style grinning head with a pipe) must be worshipped unconditionally (and sent money) so when the Xist aliens come to Earth on X-Day (July 5, 1998) all members will be taken aboard the saucers. The Conspiracy wants to steal your slack, and the Pinks follow conformity (but not conformity to "Bob.") Following the "teachings" in The Book of the SubGenius and Revelation X, Rev. Ivan Stang collects more teachings, stories, and bizarre illustrations of this church in The SubGenius Psychlopaedia of Slack: The Bobliographon.

Unlike the first two books, The Bobliographon is filled more with anecdotes and illustrations than "official" teachings. Chapters deal with such SubGenius themes as J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, what happened on July 5, 1998, and the Con. There are also whole chapters on fighting normalcy, why suicide is bad (I don't know why that one was necessary here), and how Earth and Mars got switched. The index includes an "Hour of Slack" radio sermon, catalogue, and "Sacred Calendar of SubGenius Saints" that includes fictional characters, porn stars, Godzilla monsters, comics, and more.

The Bobliographon is very similar to the first two SubGenius books -- and that's a good thing. The over-the-top, take-no-prisoners, us-vs.them approach of this "church" remains as silly as ever. ("Then why is it that when we try to celebrate a simple religious rite -- like the decapitation and head launching of a world cup golfer -- we have to use a fake plastic head to do it? The Christians got to fight to the death in giant state-sponsored arenas, but WE can't even launch our own heads!") There's plenty of indignation, contradiction, and demands for blind obedience (plus mailing them $30). This book is a quick, weird, and very fun read! Hail "Bob"!

Overall grade: B+
Reviewed by James Lynch
(who will most likely become a SubGenius ordained minister)

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3 comments:

The Right Rev. El Bonobo Bandito said...

Nothing about the Bonobos!?!? You Heretic! Unbeliever! Slackless Glorp who has never even had $30 Dollars.

Well, it seems you almost get it.

But a B+ I demand a challenge to that Grade.

The Right Rev. El Bonobo Bandito

nu-monet said...

Since becoming a SubGenius Reverend, women now throw themselves at my feet, sometimes seriously injuring themselves. I can now eat bean burritos any time during the day or night, and my rate of ear hair growth has almost tripled. Plastic has become my close, personal friend, and I can violate causality, with none of the associated redness, itching or rash.

Shining Path of Least Resistance said...

Parody Religion: Ha Ha, big joke, our God's a joke, let's laugh!

Bogus Religion; We KNOW it's a false religion but WE BELIEVE IT ANYWAY. No joke!

The CoS is a bogus religion. Please make a note of it.