... most of the subject matter were MSNBC TV rewrites (Rachel Maddow and company). The best part by far was about his mother and the next best about his relationship with his husband. The worst was the advice given to straight couples about this or that, who cares! I'll say one thing, the man can narrate and yes, write. Try your hand at a gay romance novel Dan ... oh, I forgot, you barely like to write. Oh well.
A regular person.
Dan's story of his mother.
Usually authors are not the best person to read their books but Dan hits it out of the ballpark.
A book that makes you really try to treat each person with more humanity.
Regular listeners of Dan Savage's podcast, or readers of his column or twitter feed will not be surprised by anything they hear in this book. But what they will find is a deeper version of his favorite rants. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I found that the arguments presented are so much fuel for those of us who agree with Savage about the LGBT rights movement, birth control access, and healthcare in this country. He also sets the record straight on a couple of items, including the santorum definition and its origins that newer readers may not know. And for regular listeners to the podcast, the fact that Dan reads it himself is an added bonus.
Loved this book. It was full of really touching stories, struggles and experiences of Dan's life and it is read perfectly. It's not going to convert anyone to his side of things so I wouldn't recommend it if you aren't like-minded but it sure made me laugh and cry and I even came away with some relationship tips for my own life.
As someone who doesn't necessarily share all of Mr Savage's views, this book had me question many of my beliefs, and gave me great ammunition for future debates with friends. While many of the points he raises are defensive and come as a rebuttal to an assumed "Republican" or "Christian" attack, you can hardly help but agree and enjoy the entertainment value of this book.
Only because he's reading it. If you can't stand audio books get thee to a bookstore and get a copy.
Discussion of the Gay Pride parade...fabulous.
I've been a fan of Dan Savage for several years. He's funny, forthright and gay (with a really hot hubby). It's good to see a new book from him and even better to hear him read it. If defense of gay rights & marriage and reality in general doesn't offend you then you will love this.
A rational argument for the simple moral truths
A moral path to understanding life
This book is a must-read. It should be a high school textbook and read by all adults. It would relieve so much grief in our moral dilemmas and lead to happier relationships.
His moving accounts of struggles with his Catholic roots. He is able to separate the ridiculousness of dogma from the power our upbringing has on our adult beliefs and perspectives. His writing about his mother, her faith, and her dying is stunning!
Christopher Hitchins, Sam Harris. Not everyone can pull off a rant. Just being angry and screaming about it is not winsome. Well-balanced arguments based on truth combined with rant do not appear frequently in our public discourse. We need more liberal rant, god knows we hear it too often from the EvangeloCatholicMorons.
His familiar voice - his persona. Love it. He's way sexy too.
There were many. But more than compelling details regarding topics of our mutual interest is insight to Savage's unique personality. I'm very engaged by memoirs of our great queer icons. I can imagine a magnificent conversation with him in my library or his living room.
I said to my husband while listening to Savage: "How could anyone listen to this and not agree with him?" His arguments are informed and logical, and his anger is appropriate to the discrimination we have faced - and will continue to fight until it stops.
Dan Savage can do no wrong! I'm an avid follower of his podcast, I love his take on relationships and sex, so maybe, I'm just a little bit biased. But who cares, right?
I laughed, wept and shouted YES more times than I can count while listening to American Savage. Dan Savage has an honest and eloquent way of explaining common sense to the masses. He is extremely likable and I could listen to him day and night. I'm ashamed to say (especially being somone from the Seattle area going on nearly 50 years) I didnt know much about Dan other than seeing him on a few of my favorite late night shows recently. I'd like to thank him for this wonderful eye opening book. I learned so much and am even more open minded now than I thought possible. American Savage helped me clarify many areas I wasn't fully knowledgable about and gave me a new perspective on my own incredibly satisfying heterosexual monogamous marriage of 20+ years. It makes me proud to live in this time when the gay community has such a smart witty beautiful voice to advocate for them. A great read for teens on up. I will definitely be sharing this with my teenage kids and husband.