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Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll and Murder Paperback – December 24, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
My wish for 2013: Mr. Sager adapts his work for Kindle readers.
The compilation of essays from Sager's journalism career at GQ, Esquire and Rolling Stone magazines features stories of real people who find themselves in improbable situations and what becomes of them. Love triangles, religious cults, musicians, surfers, politicians, cokeheads, moms, pornos, law enforcement agents and prisoners: every person and situation that Sager presents, he presents in a way that one might not normally think of. The 19 stories serve our culture up to us in sometimes unappealing but always intriguing ways. And because each chapter is a complete entity unto itself, the book is good for picking up and putting down if you have a hectic schedule.
Completely enjoyable (though I confess there was one story that I had to skip over - which one it was, I won't say!). Thoroughly recommended.
We used to talk about the New Journalism, which was all the rage when we started. It was Tom Wolfe this, Richard Ben Cramer that. But Mike has carved out his own genre, word by word, story by story and the results are on stunning display in Scary Monsters.
Mike is the classic journalistic success story. He dropped out of law school after just a few days and took a job working as a copy aide at the Washington Post (not before he almost lost the job because he failed the spelling test!). He worked his way up to reporter, starting out on the police beat, and there was no holding him back.
But can he write? I've read these stories over the years as Mike has written them and I've read them again recently. Each is captivating, that sort of anthropological expedition into an event, a person, a story, that you will soon recognize as uniquely Sageresque. Taken individually or as a collection, they are a great read. Money well spent. Mike's work is already being taught in journalism schools and for good reason.
The best part of this? Mike has so many other stories, from his first foray into magazine writing, which was when he went in search of Marlon Brando, to his more recent work in Esquire, which places him in the pantheon of great writers who have filled the pages of that magazine. Let's hope that with the success of this book, we'll get the next collection soon!
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This book seemed to be hastily written and full of patched together, recycled stories and grotesque spelling and grammar errors. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Violet Q. Sherburn
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The book is excellent. The kindle edition is riddled with errors. None are major enough to ruin the experience (mostly misspellings or things like "it" instead of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Grabowski
Given that this is written by a journalist, who one would assume has friends that are editors; there are an appalling amount of spelling, grammatical and just plain lazy errors. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by K. Galloway
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Not to say it was bad, just not for me.Published on September 4, 2013 by OkieGamer1313
I read this on a plane, thought it was really good. I highly recommend this book if you like non-fiction.Published on August 29, 2013 by LeeAnn J. Kendrick
This is an entertaining and interesting read. The stories remind of us headlines from the past - Rick James, Heaven's Gate, just to name a few. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Trina Chase
I may not have given this book a chance, but if the first story, the one about John (ugh) Holmes is any example, I do not want to read the rest of this "freaky"
book. Read more