On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage delivers “powerful messages for both the head and heart” (Entertainment Weekly)
From the moment he began writing his syndicated sex-advice column, Savage Love, Dan Savage has never been shy about expressing his opinion on controversial topics—political or otherwise. Now, he addresses issues ranging from parenting and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and health care. Among them:
• Why straight people should have straight “pride” parades, too
• Why Obamacare, as good as it is, is “still kinda evil”
• Why what passes for sex-ed in America is more like “sex dread”
• Why the Bible is “only as good and decent as the person reading it”
Speaking to a broad range of subjects with brutal honesty and irreverent humor, American Savage cements Dan Savage’s place as a provocative and insightful voice in American culture.
America s most in-your-face sex columnist and gay-rights activist comes out swinging in these pugnacious, hilarious essays. Savage (Savage Love) proffers more unvarnished and often sacrilegious bedroom and relationship advice, recommending, for example, that spouses try each other s kinks on for size and, if sexual incompatibility proves insurmountable in an otherwise satisfying marriage, that they consider a little nookie on the side. He reserves his most pointed sex tips for detractors and ideological opponents, suggesting a number of lewd acts they could perform to cope with their upset over his forthright advocacy of marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. (He widens his brief to include cogent soap-boxing on behalf of single-payer national health insurance, gun control, and physician-assisted suicide.) Savage is that rarity, a liberal verging on radical who defends his positions with steel-trap logic and scornful humor laced with profanity and stripped of politically correct cant. But in his own way he s a champion of family values, which emerge in warm domestic scenes with his husband and son, in moving reflections on his mother s death, and in his common-sense understanding of sexual fulfillment as an anchor for stable relationships. Underneath Savage s scabrous, bomb-throwing exterior beats the heart of a softie.
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A Great, Extended Column
I've been a Dan Savage reader and fan for years (all the books, all the columns, blah, blah, blah) so I was naturally excited for his new book's release. And...it's fine. Don't get me wrong, it's crafty, well-written, thoughtful stuff. But he covers a lot of different topics in under 300 pages. Maybe too many topics. What I loved, loved, loved about both The Kid and The Commitment was the focus. He had a story to tell, a cohesive message. Same goes for the It Gets Better essays, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, and even the column compilation. This one (save the final two chapters) feels more like an extended rant. An articulate and accurate rant, to be sure. But a bit of a rant. And I do love a rant. But what I love more than a rant is a writer as sharp as Savage with a side of heart. The book reads well, especially if you happen to agree with his positions on religion, marriage equality, and health care policy. But Savage is at his best when he seamlessly weaves the logos with the pathos (which he does masterfully in the final two chapters). American Savage - which I liked and would recommend - could've used a little more pathos.
Dan Savage is a great writer, his stories from his life are intriguing! This book is great