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REBEL HELL Prison Memoir Info; Blog Review, Author Q&A

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My new prison memoir Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison is getting rave reviews from everybody who’s read it. This wildly original and “outrageously candid” book delivers something for everyone–from dark and utterly shameless humor to raw poignant emotion, from enlightening facts & visuals & analysis to lyrical descriptions of the hellacious and the divine alike. It is a substantially important book addressing myriad social issues from a powerful, bold, no-holds-barred perspective; above all, though, Rebel Hell is a captivating story about “justice” in modern America, and about navigating the kaleidoscopic maze of prison absurdity that’d launch even Franz Kafka into a fit of paranoia and disbelief. Finally, there’s yet another dimension of intrigue–how I managed to survive the horrific onslaught of prison as a disabled vegan!

CLICK HERE to read a review from the lovely blog “black. female. christian. vegan.”

And here’s a short Q&A about my Prison Experience with antinatalist guru and author Laura Carroll.

The book is now available around the world in electronic format as well as the gorgeous paperback!

Now available around the world in electronic format as well as the gorgeous paperback!

If you’re in AmericaHERE  is the Amazon link [Note: you do *not* need a Kindle to read the e-book; simply download the FREE KINDLE APP and read on any tablet, smartphone, or device!]

If you’re in Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, or France:
Click HERE  and scroll down below the cover image, where you’ll find all the Amazon links [or you can just search “smitowicz” and my books are the only results!]

Alternatively, you can order directly from me and get copies signed and personalized! Visit the Rebel Hell page on my  WEBSITE. I also provide terrific bulk discounts [5+ copies] for teachers, book clubs, gift-giving, etc.–simply contact me at SmitowiczAuthorPublicity@gmail.com. Finally, message me if you’re interested in my FREE book club / classroom appearances via Skype for discussion and/or Q&A [minimum five [5] readers]!

~Love & Liberation~
Jan

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Hitler–NOT A FUCKING VEGETARIAN!

This nonsense has been, and continues to be, utterly mind-boggling in both its prevalence and the frequency with which it’s invoked. If you’ve been vegetarian or vegan for more than about a month–or even if you’ve merely expressed interest in becoming one!–there’s a tremendous likelihood that someone has said this to you. I don’t wanna go into detail about the innately illogical, pointless, and absurd nature of this claim, because plenty of people have already spent the time debunking this forehead-smacking lunacy, and I’d rather spend my time writing/editing books. I’ve provided several links to a few of the many thorough debunkings below…

I did, however, want to hit a couple quick points–not because I feel particularly interested in the matter, and not because I legitimately truly want to–but simply due to [1] the ubiquity of this myth, and [2] its stupidity and total pointlessness. Ultimately, this myth and (this part’s crucial) the constant, unrelenting references to it say FAR FAR MORE about the people invoking it than anything else! It’s used all the time by trollish simpletons as a kind of catch-all way to dismiss the monumental importance of the issues that veganism and, to a lesser degree, vegetarianism inherently confront.

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“But Hitler was a vegetarian”–a notion so ridiculously dumb that it necessitates a forehead-smack literally set in STONE!

 

*[defensiveness, deflection, and total lack of critical thinking…hammering the point home b/c it remains commonplace]

Here are just a few detailed analyses debunking the Hitler-as-vegetarian drivel:

http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/hitler.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/025163_Hitler_vegetarian_vegetarianism.html

http://www.vegsource.com/berry/hitler.html

That third one was written by Rynn Berry, a terrific man and tireless animal advocate who sadly passed away in 2014, shortly before his 70th birthday (just to cut off any bullshit ideas of “early”-death-by-veganism, he had asthma and was jogging on a frigid New York winter day, which apparently isn’t the best idea because asthmatics exercising vigorously in the cold have a high risk of cardiac arrest). He’d been vegan for nearly half a century, having transitioned from a teenage vegetarian to vegan in 1966 at the age of 21. Berry was a many-time guest on my dear friend Bob Linden’s popular radio show-podcast Go Vegan with Bob Lindenespecially around the holidays. CLICK HERE for a list of Berry’s intriguing, controversial interviews on the show!

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This book on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2gspWWG

 

So, I’ve lain out ample evidence for this blog’s titular claim. Can we please, for the love of all things good and decent and just and intellectually honest, please flush this ridiculous, stupid, and utterly irrelevant myth down the toilet and into the fetid sewers of history–where it belongs–for good? PLEASE?!

Terrible Dean Koontz’s Terrible Book Titles

When I was in prison, I spent two weeks in Segregation. Some of the only books available to read were several by Dean Koontz. Staring at his book titles for time uncountable, I realized some patterns, and eventually made this chart. Enjoy the laughable absurdity! 🙂

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First Prison Memoir Excerpt!

Hello friends, new and old! In case you didn’t know, I served two years in Illinois state prisons from 2010-2012 for marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Just wanted to let you know that, for the first time anywhere, I’ll be sharing an exclusive 20-ish page excerpt from my memoir REBEL HELL: DISABLED VEGAN GOES TO PRISON, which is wildly entertaining and funny–but also intensely political, addressing numerous social issues, from animal rights to classism and misogyny, environmentalism to the inherent racism and unjust nature of the American “Justice” System.

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The excerpt will be featured in my first monthly author e-newsletter; to receive the sneak-peak and other great content, including opportunities to win free stuff, please sign up here:

http://eepurl.com/bWPogD

Thanks so much! 🙂
~Love & Liberation~

Jan