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Sparrow avoids refined sugar and National Geographic magazine, but he enjoys all jokes, including:

Tourist: Excuse me, but do you have a pumpkin patch?
Farmer: Why, do you have a leaky pumpkin?

His latest book is America: A Prophecy -- The Sparrow Reader (www.softskull.com).

“Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God” Translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood

This is probably Isherwood’s literary masterpiece, unrecognized because Westerners are uncomfortable with the Bhagavad-Gita (and for good reason – it’s an epic poem narrated by God that endorses wholesale slaughter). Judging from the portrait of Swami Prabhavananda in My Guru and His Disciple (Isherwood’s second-best book) the renunciate wrote none …

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