Author Billboard : SEX and EGO DEATH

LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Author Gregor Reti is making a personal attack on the egos and lifestyles of shoppers on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, by raising funds for an inflammatory billboard that reads, “SEX and EGO DEATH: How exciting is your sex life?”Sex Ego Death

Local storekeepers are already up in arms, one Rodeo Drive shopper, who requested to stay anonymous, even called the billboard, “An attack on the industries that have put Los Angeles on the map – fashion, tourism, celebrities, and luxury goods.” Parent groups are expected to follow suit in fighting the billboard.
Reti refuses to disclose the name of the media broker who has promised to install the billboard, but reiterates that “a deal has been made and this will happen.”
According to Reti’s fundraising site on RocketHub.com, this billboard is intended to “to raise enough funds to buy a billboard in a materialism-oriented world in order to MAKE PEOPLE THINK, and through that process gain enough understanding of their “true self” – the self without judgments or social constraints – to create a positive shift in their own personal life, subsequently elevating our collective human consciousness.”
Why Los Angeles?
Reti believes Los Angeles, particularly the materialistic heart of it, Rodeo Drive, is the ideal test bed for what he believes should be a social movement. Reti’s rockethub site states: “Nearly all of the billboards in LA feature lusty women looking as if they are readily close to orgasm wearing expensive clothes…sex is everywhere, but why isn’t anyone openly talking about it? Why aren’t we being honest about the content that we, our families, and tourists see and lust after on billboards everyday? Are people really lusting for the featured product or are they lusting to connect with their own sexuality through a product?”
Reti’s motives aren’t entirely altruistic, he also aims to promote his new book, “SEX & Ego Death” through the billboard and boost sales upon its release next month. The back cover of the book summarizes Reti’s writing as: “Inspired by his erotic and transcendental experiences, Gregor uses his writing to fight for the ideal of truth while battling hypocrisy. ‘I wish I could prove to people faster how tightly courage and happiness are intertwined. We can only thrive in a radically honest environment’. His book, SEX & EgoDeath, shows the devastating power of fear and how our ego uses it to isolate us, but also reveals a profound path to personal liberation.”
Reti’s book was sought after by Waterside Publishing, the same company that represents spiritual guidance giants such as Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. In an internal memo, Bill Gladstone (agent for Eckhart Tolle) said of “SEX & EgoDeath: “This book has the potential to become a viral bestseller.” Some have called the book “Eckhart Tolle on steroids or Viagra.”
The SEX and EGO DEATH billboard will have a test-run in July on the Reuter’s screen in New York’s Times Square.

20th Anniversary Chicken Soup for the Soul in Digital

Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

NEW YORK, July 9, 2013  — Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition, with 20 bonus stories from today’s thought leaders, including Deepak Chopra, surgeon, author, and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, small-business expert Tory Johnson, and happiness expert Robert Holden.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul library has become the bestselling trade paperback series in publishing history, with over 100 million copies sold in the United States and Canada alone and over 500 million copies in print worldwide. Open Road Media is delighted to have the opportunity to publish these energetic collections of inspiring, moving stories—collections that lend themselves perfectly to the digital format.

20 years after its initial release, Chicken Soup for the Soul continues to open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Celebrate the legendary original with Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition (Open Road Integrated Media; on sale June 25, 2013; ebook format; $9.99). The classic collection has been reinvigorated with 20 bonus stories for the next 20 years, full of wisdom from the motivational leaders of today.
These leaders include Mehmet Oz, MD, who had to rely on faith as well as science to save the life of a depressed patient; nationally-recognized leader in human-development training Anthony Robbins, who had a story featured in the original edition and now tells of how he handled the terrifying moment when his father-in-law almost died in his arms; and Deepak Chopra, MD, who shares his moving thoughts on the power of love.
Other incredible contributors include Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Cancer; don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements; and author and filmmaker M. K. Asante. These uplifting additions to the original will connect the book to a new generation of readers while flowing seamlessly with the classic stories that millions know and love.
As public relations influencer and entrepreneur Heidi Krupp writes in the foreword, “Chicken soup is more than a food—it’s what your mom feeds you when you’re sick, it’s what you eat when you need the ultimate comfort food, it’s recommended by doctors for the body and for the mind.” Whether you’ve read Chicken Soup for the Soul dozens of times or the collection is brand new to you, you will find hope and inspiration in these 101 heartwarming stories.
About the Authors
Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” Jack is also the coauthor of many other bestselling books.
Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California.
Mark Victor Hansen is the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide. Mark is a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Amy Newmark is Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, author, and editor in chief, after a 30-year career as a writer, speaker, financial analyst, and business executive in the worlds of finance and telecommunications. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Portuguese, minored in French, and traveled extensively. She and her husband have four grown children.