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Diary of a Sex Addict Paperback – August 31, 2011
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"Relentlessly erotic and divinely written," Richard Labonte, Bookmarks
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IT LIST Hot Read, Joe Thompson, Gay.Net "Opens with a bang!...feels like it's happening right in front of your eyes. What Hess has done is put you in the mind of a real sex addict, someone who is aware of what's going on and yet unable to stop himself." bit.ly/v0RdCz
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While addiction --- even of the NYC-centered gay sex variety --- is universal, this novel is so highly specific that one has to wonder if the author has based his fearlessly detailed portrait on personal experience. Whether fact or fiction, the vibe here is wholly authentic and NOT just for shock. And although dark, the writing is steeped in humor, particularly when the narrator meets new partners with strange and completely ridiculous fetishes. Between a guy who's obsessed with jock straps to blind Sally at the clinic where he works to the homeless men he meets in the park to the celibate photographer who piques his interest and unintentionally convinces him to try going sex-free, there is simply a never a dull moment. The writing is dripping with luscious prose and bluntly erotic overtones, as well as undertones, as the narrator ducks in and out of risque escapades and that nasty, ever-persistent black hole.
But if you like William S. Burroughs, I think you would enjoy a full pot of Scott's writing - no sugar or milk added, taken black, and slightly scalding to the lips.
Burroughs was who came to mind as I wound my way through the December days of Scott's novel.
In part, it was the gritty no-holds-barred storyline of a man on the edge in multiple senses of that metaphor.
Scott's narration takes us inside a tortured mind, struggling with pain and the impacts of excess, honest and transparent, intelligently self-reflective, at times totally amoral (as opposed to immoral) in social interactions, existentially balanced on a knife edge as to whether to continue to be or to choose not to be.
But what struck even a more resonant bell (and I am no Burroughs authority) was the writing style: clear, economical, incisive, delusionary, brutal, moving incessantly and precipitously forward, never maudlin or melodramatic or romanticized.
"Diary of a Sex Addict" is not for the faint-of-heart. But it is a novel for those who appreciate a gifted writer.
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When I was a teenager my father tasked me with reading a book a week from his library. The plan was to increase my verbal skills to score higher on my college boards. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Culver McCall
If you self-publish a book, and then get your friends to rave about it on amazon, does this make you an author? Does this offer anything in the way of clarity or humility? Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by robert
From the opening line, you're hooked and there is no turning back. Scott writes an extremely voyeuristic and uncensored look into a tortured character's struggle to find serenity,... Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Enrique Ordóñez
It generally takes me a long time to read a book but I zipped through this rather quickly, quite simply because I could not get enough. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Hoosier Boy
Every gay teen age boy's sex fantasy: sex whenever he wants it in limitless quantity, gone terribly, mind-numbingly wrong. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Adam LeGrant