TN Read-Along #16: Jesus Freaks Discussion Thread
I apologize for not posting the discussion thread sooner, but 1) I spent the morning writing what feels like half the content on the internet and 2) I haven't finished the book yet, because every 10 minutes I have to put it down and dip my head and shoulders in a bucket of industrial lye. FLIRTY FISHING. BODY RUBS. GEEEEE-ROSS. And I know it is only going to get WORSE. Ordinarily, my response to a murderer's manifesto is "I don't get it," or "maybe try therapy?", or "…Henh?" In Ricky's case, it's "so you're just going to kill th– you know what, go for it. I mean, good grief.
What do you guys think? How does the book compare to the Scientology book we read? How much did the dislocated, fragmented social feeling of the late sixties and early seventies help Berg win converts and allow him to take advantage of the "freak" lifestyle? Does the weird Up With People tone of some of Berg's writings combined with the paeans to child masturbation make you want to barf yourself inside out? Let's talk about it! While barfing.
Warning: Spoilers allowed in the thread, so if you don't want to know how revolting it gets, you may want to wait until you've finished the book. And…finished barfing. Which…you may never do.
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