The Boomer Bible
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The Boomer Bible is a book written by R. F. Laird. In structure, the book is based on the Christian Bible, but it is neither a simple parody of the Bible, nor is it sacrilegious specifically toward the Bible or Christianity. Laird described the book as expressing the things we really believe rather than the things we say we believe.
- The Books of Apes (Kinesis, Apes, Names, Gods, and Lies) which describe prehistory.
- The Books of peoples (Gypsies, Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans, Barbarians, Christians, Bubonites, Giants, Explorers, Spics, Frogs, Brits, Krauts, Yanks, Beaks, Russkies, Chinks, Nips, and Others) which describe the history of various peoples of the Earth.
- The "PS" books (Psongs, Psayings, Psomethings, Pnotes, and Pspeciasties) which contain everything from the prayers of a Gatsby-like character for money, to poorly remembered snippets of literature, to numerology worthy of Nostradamus
- The Books of the VIPs (Adam, Chuck, Carl, Ziggie, Dave, Al, Paul, Frankie and Johnny, Ed, and Jeffrey) which describe various famous pioneers in the Western canon and what became of their efforts.
- Four "gospels," (Willie, Vinnie, Ned, and Ira), the first three synoptic.
- The Book of Exploits, roughly equivalent to Acts
- The Letters to the peoples of Philadelphia (Hillites, Annenburghers, Jeffersonians, Kensingtonians, Swarthmorons, Hallites, Drexelites, Boulevardiers, Pennsylvanians, Forgers, Wharts, Mawrites, Centralian, Mallites, Mainliners, and Broadstreeters), each adopting the rhetorical style, tone, or vernacular of the corresponding constituencies
- The Book of Rationalizations, roughly equivalent to Revelation, dictated by Harry's father, Dave
These books were ostensibly written by a community of Punk writers on South Street in Philadelphia during the 1980s. Surrounding them are A Punk Testament and an Epistle Dedicatory, which describe a history of and the motivation for the writing of the book. Passages in the Testaments are linked via an intercolumn reference (ICR). This may be the most important feature of the book and allows the book to be read as hypertext. There are hidden messages and puzzles in the ICR which serve as enticements to see the book in a different way, most often through in-jokes and occasional circular references.
Surrounding this are two prefaces. The Second Preface describes the quest of a former writer of UFO books to discover a true manuscript of The Boomer Bible. The First Preface is a rather scathing review of the book.
Laird, R. F., 1991, The Boomer Bible, Workman Publishing, 880pp., paperback, ISBN 1-56305-075-7