The Passion of the Christoph by Christoph Paul

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Winner of Orangeberry Humor Book Hall of Fame 2013

"The Passion of the Christoph" doesn't fit into neat sub-categories, and that's just what (former porn store manager and military school survivor) Christoph Paul wants. "Passion" is literary in its style and references, yet is downright pornographic in its content, stretching the boundaries of what is acceptable to print. If this was the eighties, Christian groups might burn this book, despite Paul's affinity for Tim Tebow.

Set up as a series of hilarious short stories, satirical essays, political opinions, and the occasional poem, "Passion" covers hard-hitting topics like how to choose the best adult titles (using "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace as inspiration) to fill porn store inventory and ways to judge the economy by evaluating strip club etiquette which Paul coins “Srippernomics”.

In more light-hearted fare, Paul explores the pain of addiction during a misunderstood youth and highlights his time stuck in both military school and teenage rehab. Many of the short stories are reminiscent of a memoir, but this is no “Eat, Pray, Love” more of an "X, X, X.”…Porn, not the bad Vin Diesel movie.


“Everything you were afraid to ask (or find out) about men and sex, toilet paper rolls, porn stores, teenage rehab, post-sex etiquette, being single, military school, and karma. Paul is now one of my favorite humor essayists; David Sedaris eat your heart out.”

—Loren Kleinman, columnist,

“This is either the highest low-brow or the lowest high-brow writing I’ve ever seen. No one, and I mean no one, could write a porn store buying guide better than Christoph Paul.”

—Jason Donnelly, author, Gripped

About Christoph Paul

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Christoph Paul is a former porn store manager and was singer/guitarist of the rock band The Only Prescription and currently in new band Moses Moses. He graduated from UCF as an undergraduate in Political Science and History and received an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. "The Passion of the Christoph" is his first book. His second book "Psychoanalytic Celebrity Poems" is a collection of satire/personae humor poems about your most favorite and hated celeberties. His third book and collaboration with Brody Thomas is "Great White House," which they describe as SharkNado meets White House Down by two guys who love politics, sharks, South Park, and will be released under Only Prescription Publishing. Finally, Christoph is a lover of The Arts, Thai Food, The Miami Heat/Dolphins, and hater of both political parties. His latest work will be his first departure from humor; a poetry collection "At Least I Get You In My Art and Other Poems" which will be published by Swift Ink Books in 2014. Rachel Thompson grew up in Dauphin, Manitoba, located at the foot of Riding Mountain National Park, AKA the Galloping Goose of Margaret Laurence's books. She went to the University of Winnipeg, majoring in English and International Development Studies. After moving to Vancouver in the early 2000s, she took part in the award-winning Writer's Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. She completed "Galaxy" at the Banff Centre for the Arts Wired Writers program. Her poetry has appeared in journals in Canada and abroad.
Published December 12, 2013 by Swift Ink Books. 178 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Law & Philosophy.

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