Dan Savage eviscerates the right-wing conservatives as he commits each of the Seven Deadly Sins himself (or tries to) and finds those everyday Americans who take particular delight in their sinful pursuits. Combine a unique history of the Seven Deadly Sins, a new interpretation of the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, and enough Bill Bennett, Robert Bork, Pat Buchanan, Dr. Laura, and Bill O'Reilly bashing to more than make up for their incessant carping, and you've got the most provocative book of the fall.
"Not my favourite Savage, but still a must read."
The syndicated sex-advice columnist of "Savage Love" tells a no-holds-barred story of an ordinary American couple who want to have a baby, except that in this case, the couple happens to be Savage and his boyfriend.
"Funny and Fun"
Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son, D.J., says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter.
"Amusing, but missed Dan's voice"
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 profile has skyrocketed. 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.
"You will laugh, you may cry and will probably fume"
The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common: all have been dumped...and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned.
"Funny because it's true"
Host Dan Savage interviews special guest Jen Kirkman in this excerpt from Hot Mic.
It Gets Better is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people, and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site. While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, others can. We can show LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach if they can just get through their teen years.
[Contains explicit content] Comedian Jen Kirkman's mother had a sign in her kitchen that said "Kissin' don't last, Cookin' do." Hear how that sign and all it represented affected Jen's romantic life, in a funny and touching story she told on Don't Tell My Mother! in Los Angeles. Plus, Jen is our special guest in studio! She and Dan Savage talk about love, lust (particularly for that hot 1970's look), and what it's like to grow up horny in a religious household.
[Contains explicit content] This is Sounds Like America, a wild sound collage of America through the eyes of people who've seen it all and tell it like it really is: comedians. In this episode, Milwaukee-born comic Jackie Kashian introduces us to that huge swath of territory that lies in between the country's most expensive real estate markets. Ah, the Midwest - land of cornfields, common sense, and questionable diets.
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The saying, "Beauty is as beauty does" is misleading. It's supposed to mean that one's beauty is defined by their actions, not their appearance. But as anyone who's ever consumed any type of visual media knows, beautiful people are exalted — and most people in the public eye have to DO a lot to be beautiful.
[Contains explicit content] Hear true tales about sex and relationships from live storytelling shows all around the country, with expert commentary by host Dan Savage. From casual hookups to coming out to divorce sex, dominatrices and more, Hot Mic takes you on a surprising, funny, and totally inappropriate ride that features a huge range of perspectives. New episodes available each week on Audible Channels.
When it comes to live storytelling shows, stories that end in bad sex are much more common than those that end well. Which makes sense—it's hard to come off looking good with a story about how great you are in the sack. But on this episode of Hot Mic, we'll hear two good sex stories where everyone leaves happy and maybe even a little better off.
[Contains explicit content] In this highlight of Hot Mic with Dan Savage, a show that features the best live storytelling about sex and relationships, special guests Reformed Whores play a song about something that is very important to remember in the morning. To hear the full episode, check out the Hot Mic with Dan Savage series channel.
What happens when people are attracted to you - or reject you - for just one quality? A comedian and a singer tell funny, thoughtful stories about how they've been put in a box, and how they're climbing out. Plus, Dan shares his thoughts on objectification and labeling. This episode features "Rice Queen" told by Joel Kim Booster for RISK!, and "Hot Top" by Courtney Act for Don't Tell My Mother!
In these three live stories, guys try various methods to woo the girls of their dreams - from bad Russian pickup lines to peeing the bed to eating only pizza for a summer. Dan recommends pretty much none of these strategies....but the results are surprising, hilarious, and sweet. This episode of Hot Mic features "A Virgin in Kazakhstan" by Keith Mellnick for SpeakeasyDC, "The Girl of My Wet Dreams" by Isaac Fitzgerald for Bawdy Storytelling, and "Felicity" by Brad Lawrence for RISK!
Two storytellers with very intense but very different body issues take some action, get some action, and discover the unexpected powers and pleasures of their own bodies.
[Contains explicit content] What to do when your creatively-acquired porn gets stuck in the VCR? How to deal with a mother who bursts in during your sexual experiments? How can intense orthodontia make a situation less awkward? To find out the answers, just listen to this show, which features some of the best live stories about sex from around the country - and helpful commentary from Dan Savage. This episode features "Suffering My Sex Positive Mom" by Moshe Kasher for Don't Tell My Mother!, "The Backstabber" by Kumail Nanjiani for RISK!, and "Cheryl Wears Jeggings" by Sara Armour for SpeakeasyDC.
[Contains explicit content] Sometimes the steamiest of evenings plunge us, rather suddenly, into very hot water. On this episode, jacuzzis and orgy tents tempt two storytellers into situations where they're in too deep, and they need to find a way out before they get burned. This episode features two astoundingly funny live stories, curated by Dan: "Jacuzzi Party" by LeClerc Andre Darguin for Bad Date Great Story, and "Plan C" by Kate Willett for Bawdy Storytelling.
She wants the D, but she doesn't want your D. She wants her own D. Sort of. Don't know what D stands for?
Coming out is a huge step - so much so that we honor it with National Coming Out Day. But what about all the small steps afterwards? In this episode, two gay people try to navigate their romantic lives after coming out, and learn that finding love isn't quite as easy as just walking into a gay bar.