As one who agrees with almost every point Savage makes in his essays, he reads too fast , too loud. Some of his bitchy asides leave a harsh and nasty aftertaste. In print, the essays probably seem more moderate. But then, Savage wants to be anything but moderate. Okay, okay, I get it. Embrace change. Move forward. Let me out of here.
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.
If you love Dan Savage, you will love this book, if you don't, then use your money for something else. This book won't change your mind. This is Dan at his purest. This is a book of random topics and for followers of Dan, we all knew what would be in this book but it was a good read to hear it pulled together. My favorite parts were his memories of his mother and the chapter on the church. Each listener will make their own conclusion as to where they stand with faith. There were parts of this book that caused me to laugh out loud. Other parts made me smile to myself. If you read, you should take time to watch the YouTube video he references in the book. In the end, it was a good laugh and reminder that I can like people I don't agree 100% with.
... 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.
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.
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.
Yes, wholeheartedly. Why? Because Dan Savage is doing what he does best-- talking candidly-- often hilariously-- about issues. Not just LGBT issues, but religion, politics, and culture as a whole. Yes, he talks about LGBT issues, but he makes the argument very well that LGBT issues are "straight" issues.
If nothing else, his offer to the "choicers" is CLASSIC.
Dan Freaking Savage.
He played Dan Savage REALLY convincingly.
Seriously, though, he does this well-- he's clear-spoken, entertaining, and he doesn't sound like he's reading from the book. He's just talking to you.
Rather a lot, actually. Him talking about his parents as he was growing up, and about his mother's death in particular.
The entire book was extremely moving due largely to Dan's excellent narration. The anecdotes about his mother, any time he mentioned his son or husband, and especially the ending had me more than just a little bit misty-eyed.
I look forward to listening to this book again in the near future.
This was a great listen by Dan Savage. I laughed and cried. It is thoughtfully written and performed. If you love his podcast or column you will love this book.
The first few chapters are good, where he enlightens us to social issues about sex from a gay man's perspective. But in later chapters, he diverges to unrelated topics where his highly-opinionated rants would annoy anybody who doesn't totally agree with him. On the topic of euthanasia, he bored me with endless details about his mother's death. Just because his mother's death was important to him doesn't make it important to strangers like me who never knew his mother. At times, the author rambles on with nonessential discussion, as if he has nothing to say but needs to write more, anyway, so as to have enough to complete a book.