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Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity [Kindle Edition]

Mark Oppenheimer
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There are many Dan Savages: the author of the Savage Love advice column, syndicated around the country; the radio essayist beloved by This American Life fans; the author of a best-selling book about his gay marriage, and another about his son’s open adoption; the prankster who ruined Rick Santorum’s life; and the founder of the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign. But never before have we glimpsed Savage’s whole life, from his Catholic-school days, raised by a Chicago cop and a housewife, to his current role as a unique American character. For he is unique: while there are many gay and lesbian celebrities, nearly all of them, from Ellen DeGeneres to Elton John, began their careers in the closet. Savage, on the other hand, has always been out and proud. He is thus a pivotal figure in LGBTQ history — and a fascinating man, brought vividly to life in this thrilling e-book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 125 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Oppenheimer (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate Look at an Important, even Historical Figure October 6, 2012
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Cards on the table: I'm biased as hell. An endorsement from Dan Savage launched a book my wife and I co-authored onto best-seller lists. We were so grateful, we briefly considered having a child, just so we could name him/her after Dan, but instead agreed we'd name our next cat, "Savage," in his honor. In the two years since our book came out, we've become friends with Dan, so I think I can vouch for the accuracy of what Mr. Oppenheimer has written here. The sensitivity, intelligence, humor, and generosity that characterize Dan's public persona are not in any way false. That's him. If anything, he's surprisingly low-key in person and is no doubt embarrassed and possibly dismayed by the author's depiction of him as a pivotal figure in American cultural history. But much as I'd hate to add to Dan's discomfort, I agree with Oppenheimer's assessment completely. In the past decade or so, Dan Savage has gone from being a fringe prankster to a mainstream figure appearing regularly on Colbert, Real Time, and elsewhere. But Dan hasn't changed. And his message hasn't changed. The stream has changed. And to a very large extent, mainstream American culture has been rerouted through the sheer force of Dan Savage's sincerity, intelligence, and sense of humor. His mom would be proud.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment October 16, 2012
By gtryban
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This piece by Mark Oppenheimer is a huge disappointment to those of us who are fans of Dan Savage and his husband-in-Canada-boyfriend-in-Seattle Terry Miller. Oppenheimer, who wrote a brilliant piece in the New York Times magazine in June of 2011, "Married, With Infidelities," has extended and refashioned parts of this article into a profile of Dan Savage. If you are already a fan you will probably know everything, or at least 95% of the content of this piece. If you have read the "Savage Love" blog and pod cast in "the Stranger" or have read his books, "The Kid" and "The Commitment" or have listened on YouTube to his dinner and debate with Brian Brown (with Mark Oppenheimer moderating), his "It Gets Better" video with Terry, or his "This American Life" tribute to his mother, you already know as much if not more than you will learn from this rather superficially written profile. If you were hoping for additional depth of insight you will be as disappointed as I was. It is a fun, quick read but contains little new information and lacks the humor and poignancy of Dan's actual writing, podcasts and YouTube videos....they are a much better investment of time and energy, and they don't cost $2.99 which, given the lack of content is really no bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why has no one written this before? December 31, 2013
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This is an intimate and insightful account of a fascinating man. Mark Oppenheimer has done it again. I love everything that he writes and the way that he writes it. I also loved learning about Dan Savage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read April 27, 2013
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I am writing a research paper on a civil rights activist for a college class and chose Dan Savage, as I knew about him from the "It gets better" project. I knew nothing about him prior to selecting him. I searched far and wide for resources about him and perhaps a biography or autobiographical book. Savage did write a few books, but I haven't read those yet as this one was only $2 and seemed to provide me with enough background for my paper. There were many websites that had a mini-bio on Savage, but nothing as substantial as this book. This book was exactly what I was looking for.

I read this in a couple of hours and came away from it knowing a bit more about Mr. Savage, although I wish I knew a little bit more. I wish it had delved more into detail about his childhood, high school, and college experiences, however.

The book focuses a lot on Savage's career as a sex columnist and talks about the "It gets better" project toward the end. What was a really great addition to this book was all the links I could tap to find more info. I especially enjoyed the interview he had with Stephen Colbert.

Overall I feel this is a great read. The author has a clear affection and admiration toward Savage and writes in a modern, easy-to-read style. It was an enjoyable and informative read.
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More About the Author

Mark Oppenheimer writes "Beliefs," a biweekly column for The New York Times. He also writes for The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Slate, the Forward, and Tablet. He teaches English, religion, and political science at Yale, where he is the director of the Yale Journalism Initiative. Mark lives with his wife, daughters, and dogs in New Haven, Connecticut. For more information, please check his website at

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