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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Say something about yourself!
Fans of Dan Savage probably already know his opinion on a far range of subjects, as he is not one to hide his opinion. But this books details his opinion with nuance and details on not always provided to him in shorter formats.
Dan's book has some interesting anecdotes and stories, but it is more of an editorial than a biography. His views are thoughtful, and his tone is engaging. The book is a fun listen with Dan's original wit, humor and irreverence that people both love and hate him for.
I'd push this book on anyone who is not familiar with Dan Savage's writing-- but who should be! If you're a regular reader/ listener of his column/ podcast, well, it's a fine summary of his writings/ rantings over the past 5-10 years, and totally worth a listen for a (relatively) concise summary of his more poignant points, and astute perspectives.
Strong, honest, and illuminating. Because this book is all three.
This book makes me a fan of Dan Savage, who I've read in passing. This man is honest and has a wonderful view of the BIG picture.
Author brings himself to the offering.
I portioned this out.
This book is a snapshot of humanity.
Wonderful listen! Savage's witty style never lets you down.
I loved the essay "Rick and Me"
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.
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.
... 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.
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.
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