In recent years the media has jumped onboard the Doomsday train, giving us a plethora of
books, television programs, and movies built on the premise that, "The End is Near." †Itís
the interpretation of an ancient Mayan calendar that spawned all this prophetic profit. Many
believe that the Mayans foretold the end of a cycle on December 21, 2012. Bunkers are filling
up with ammo and food, solemn farewell ceremonies are planned, and the savvy sages are lining
their pockets with love offerings made in exchange for their advice about how to survive the
end of the world.
The 2012 Guide Book, subtitled How to Make the End of the World Fun!, takes a
far more sensible approach to the impending cataclysm. Radio personality and possible anarchist
(heís selling the book on Amazon but also giving away the free ebook version of The 2012
Guide Book!) Corey Deitz doesnít take much of anything seriously and he has pulled together
a book full of really useful information about how our world might end: global warming, asteroid
impact, the Anti-Santa, to name a few. He even dares to address those questions that weíre all
afraid to ask: Doomsday taxes, alien bloggers, and how to interact with Bunker people.
He thoughtfully includes in an appendix a few of the possible Doomsday scenarios not covered
in the book. Deitz has the advantage here, I should think; if his light-hearted refusal to take
December 21, 2012 seriously is wrong, no one will be around the next day to scoff.
Deitz was obviously over-caffeinated while writing this book, which is a good thing, I suspect,
when pondering such an onerous topic. Arenít we all sick and tired of those gloomy Guses who make
us feel that the destruction of our planet and our species is inevitable? Corey Deitzís refreshing
and irreverent approach makes fun of every theory and every believer or non-believer on either
side of any belief. He also makes fun of politicians and pseudo-journalists, plus a whole lot of
other agitators. If you have misplaced your sense of humor, avoid this book. Heíll probably offend
you, but heíll certainly entertain you.