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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YES YES YES! I plan to listen to this again. In fact, I plan to buy his other audio books, narrated by him. First, Savage is an eloquent and witty writer who makes his points clearly and thoroughly. I don't always agree with him, but I always find him worth listening to. I generally do agree with him and I find listening to his writing gives me food for thought and new ideas in developing my own world view.
Second, his narration is amazing. I could listen to a grocery list if he read it and feel soothed. He has an amazing voice and listening to him read his own work only makes what is great material even better.
I would say that hearing David Sedaris reading his own work or Tina Fey read her own work come closest to this book for me - not because they are similar but because all three of these authors as narrators make me so happy. They are so wonderful to listen to. Their own narration adds so much to the written word, enhancing it and making the words so much richer.
Everything. Truly. I love his timing, his voice, his pronouncation, his laugh, everything.
Many many parts of the book are moving. However, the most moving part was a story of his mother's last moments. I had heard this before on This American Life, slightly different. Even having heard that, even having cried for this moment before, even knowing what was coming, I had to work hard hold myself together. If I would have been driving, I would have had to pull over because I wouldn't have been safe to drive. I was walking in to work and it took everything I had to not break down sobbing in the building lobby.
Dan, if you ever read this - thank you so much for taking your time to write this book and then narrate it. Your work makes my vanilla little life richer. Thank you.
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.
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?
Damn, I had no idea Dan Savage was such a good writer. I'm a weekly listener to his Savage Love podcast and reader of his column, but this was the first time I've read/heard one of his personal essays, and they were very powerful. I sobbed my way through his essay about his mother's death, for example.
Other chapters, however, were rote and predictable to those familiar with his work. Some of the lines he uses I could recite word for word. You should roll your kinks out like they're a fun thing you get to do, not like they're *what*, kids? Let's say it all together now. Leukemia! His thoughts on cheating, open relationships, why women shouldn't be offended that he refers to pussy as "canned ham dropped from a great height" (still offensive no matter how much you like canned ham) are nothing new for regular readers or listeners.
Yet the new chapters were strong enough that I still think this book deserves four stars. In addition to the essay about his mom's death, the essay about going back to the Catholic church — at least physically — is poignant and insightful. The chapter about the It Gets Better project is interesting as well as brutally sad. I learned some new stuff in the health care chapter (for instance, I will never eat at Jimmy John's again). And last but certainly not least, Bigot Christmas is almost worth the price of the book alone.
Well substantiated arguments.
Absolutely. He brings forward good arguments, current topics and an interesting perspective.
Yes. Some similar material.
An excellent attention grabber as it is. No need to change it.
Thanks Dan for putting yourself out there. Always food for thought.
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