On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.
Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project - his book of the same name was a New York Times best seller - his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he's written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian, Salon.com, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.
Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.
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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.
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.
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.
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