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What Should I Do if Reverend Billy Is in My Store?
by Bill Talen | Religion & Spirituality
Registered by wingLeishaCamdenwing of Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on 9/4/2007
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by DonFiction): available


2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

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Yes, I'm registering this under 'Religion & Spirituality' ... ! :-D

Copied from amazon.com:

The Reverend Billy is a revivalist preacher who leads the Church of Stop Shopping, an anticonsumerist communion devoted to putting the odd into God. Created by the actor Bill Talen, the Reverend first appeared alongside the sidewalk preachers in New York’s Times Square during the Giuliani years, bringing his new post-religious theology to eager crowds. Now Reverend Billy has a cult following across the country and was recently featured in a profile in the New York Times Magazine.

In these pages we go inside the Disney Store on 42nd Street (“the high church of retail”) to witness staged dramas against consumerism that employ eight hundred Disney characters with their “reeling eyeballs and sky-cracking grins” as the mise-en-scène. We encounter the icon-twisting logic of credit card exorcism performed in front of astonished tourists and listen to a gospel choir made up of “recovered preachers’ kids” singing anti-Starbucks anthems at the cash register of the $5 latte. We watch as the defense of a community garden is turned into an Off-Broadway hit and join with the Reverend as he preaches love and peace to the crowds that gathered spontaneously in Union Square after the attacks of September 11.


I've never heard about this book before - or the movement it chronicles - but it seems fascinating. Must read!!

I got this book at the 'backyard sale' at Tronsmo, an independent bookstore in Oslo, on Saturday, September 1st, 2007. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingLeishaCamdenwing at Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Friday, April 21, 2017

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Oops ... ! I actually read this book - years ago even! - and forgot to journal it. It was very interesting. Bill Talen is a very unusual man - they broke the mold when they made him :-) - and his "crusade" is really thought-provoking. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingLeishaCamdenwing at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray, Oslo fylke Norway on Friday, April 21, 2017

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Released 1 mo ago (4/22/2017 UTC) at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray, Oslo fylke Norway

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DonFiction gave me a book, very unexpectedly, so I wanted to come up with a surprise for him too. But his wishlist is empty ... ! so I had to think of an idea on my own. :-) Looking at his Permanent Collection books I think he may be interested in this one. :-)

DonFiction: I hope you haven't already read this. Happy reading! I've really enjoyed meeting you and Bookgirrl at the convention! :-) 


Journal Entry 4 by DonFiction at Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway on Sunday, April 23, 2017

7 out of 10

Actually this book will likely end up in Bergen as I am doing this entry on the train to Bergen.
I had never heard of "Reverend Billy"....Bill Talen - actor and consumer activist.
I loved the story about his intrusion in Disneyland. Essentially he is plying Michael Moore's trade - good ideas. Not sure the American influenza can ever be salvaged.
 


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