Reading the replies of the other monks, I see that they've thought something similar to what I thought (but they've said it better). My third edition Camel Book says "July 2000" inside the cover, and it's still the first thing I'd recommend to someone who wants to know Perl.
So: update the bible. Write a new one, maybe. This seems obvious to the point that it leads me to a question.
Is this answer not obvious to chromatic? If not, why not? Being a published author (I have Perl Hacks on my bookshelf too), perhaps chromatic knows something about the limits of this solution that the rest of us monks do not. Would it be out of date again when it's done? Do the people with the Right Stuff to do the work have better things to do?
The state of Perl documentation reminds me of something someone else said a long time ago in a forum far far away. Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish, sure. Give a man a book about the ecological systems of rivers, lakes, oceans, and other bodies of water, and he will starve to death before he figures out how to fish.