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New York Review of Books: Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht

[caption id="attachment_1988" align="alignleft" width="300"]One of these World Naked Bike Ride partiers is an offspring of an original Ek-sen-trik. From Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht.[/caption] Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht is now listed in the New York Review of Books!  They list it as Philosophy/Humor, which is more-or-less accurate.  The book's been listed elsewhere as Educational, New Age, and Personal Development, which are more or less accurate too.  Of course it could also be listed as backup toilet paper. What book have Robert Anton Wilson (who saw an early draft), Rev. Ivan Stang, R. Crumb, Alan Moore, Sondra London aka The Erisian Elestria, Reverend Jason "Pee Kitty" Levine, Adam Gorightly, Johnny Shellburn, S. John Ross aka Pope Leo and Malaclypse the Younger aka Greg Hill (who never saw the whole book but read some selections) and others been talking about?  Feel free to find out! You can see comments by the above, preview it or buy it at Amazon.  Or even better you can buy it at What's that?  You don't believe the New York Review of Books would actually list an independent Discordian tome?  Check  (Note this pdf may change with time).

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You can still get an additional discount on the already discounted $20.00 $15.00 cover price but you'll need to respond by 18 January 2013 date extended to 14 February 2013. Send an email identifying yourself to by then and see yourself in print! (Note: we'd give contributors one for free but we can't get the books free either! Something about the book's publisher Anaphora Literary Press wanting to make money or something). One of these World Naked Bike Ride celebrants is an offspring of one of the original Ek-sen-triks. Original image by AlexaWooga with art by A. L. is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and/or the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 (your choice of usage).

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  1. It’s also finally back in Wikipedia! I hope it lasts this time.

  2. Pet GirlNo Gravatar says:

    Alan Moore, R. Crumb, Robert Anton Wilson? Cool. This is one book I have to get.

  3. Pet GirlNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a great book and it’s still there!

  4. Because of the accusations of the book being a rip off of the work of others, I’m here to give an accounting of the contents. I freely admit I only counted for each factor once, so any of these counts could be off by a page or two. But they’re pretty darn close:

    Number of pages in Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht: 204
    Not counting five blank pages used for spacing, number of pages in the book: 199
    Number of pages specifically laid out for the book: 199
    Number of pages that contain material never before available anywhere: 169
    Number of pages that contain art (not counting the art on the front and back cover): 95
    Number of pages that contain original art (not counting the original art on the front and back covers): 82
    Number of pages that contain no material by the editors but do contain material available before the book’s publication: 5

    • Alden Loveshade answered the concerns a lot better than I did. He posted the following at which I will repeat here:

      I don’t generally get involved in Discordian discussions, but in this case I will.

      Everything in Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht was 1) submitted for the book; 2) is listed in the book under the Creative Commons or GNU license under which its creator(s) placed it to allow adaptation and commercial use; 3) first appeared elsewhere and is used with the creator(s)’ permission; 4) is public domain; 5) and/or qualifies under “fair use,” i.e. short quotes. If you did not give permission for your work to be used in the book, did not release it under a license for commercial use by anyone who wanted to use it, and did not release it into the public domain so that anyone could use and alter it for any purpose, then your work is not in the book. The only exception could be something such as a short quote that qualifies under fair use according to U.S. law.

      Anyone who had any questions or concerns about unauthorized use of their work could have simply contacted Reverend Loveshade or one of his associates (i.e. me) and asked. No one did.

      • Pet GirlNo Gravatar says:

        I just saw Amazon and the plagarism claims are gone! I guess they pulled them off. Congrats!

        • Once again I’m speaking for The Loveshade Family while Reverend Loveshade is unavailable.

          Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Making changes to an listing can be quite difficult–note that the Steve Jackson Games version of Principia Discordia has had the wrong authors listed for years. Of course misidentifying the authors is a long-standing tradition for Principia Discordia.

          There were changes we’ve wanted to make to the listing for Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia from the beginning. For one thing, the publication date is wrong–the date of supposed publication is before the semi-semi-final draft was even done, let alone semi-final and final. It’s several months too early. Also we wanted S. John Ross/Pope Leo listed as the foreword writer. In addition the design credits have errors.

          We are trying to get Amazon to pull the listing altogether and start over.

        • Pet GirlNo Gravatar says:

          The comments are back! What happened?

          • Yet again I’m speaking for The Loveshade Family while Reverend Loveshade is unavailable.

            What’s up is really complicated. That’s a nice way of saying unfortunately we aren’t at liberty to say what’s up right now. We do appreciate your asking, and wish we could give you a better answer.

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