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Skipping Towards Gomorrah Paperback – September 30, 2003
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More About the Author
Savage is the author of: American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics; The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction); The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant (PEN West Award for Creative Nonfiction); and Savage Love. He co-authored How to be a Person. The Kid was adapted into an Off-Broadway play and has recently been optioned for film.
Savage is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle's weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in widely in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and Salon.com. Savage is also a contributor to Ira Glass's This American Life. "Savage Love" is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, launched a YouTube video meant to offer hope to bullied LGBTQ youth. The It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the It Gets Better book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the It Gets Better Project received the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys.
Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington with his husband and their son, DJ.
Photos by LaRae Lobdell.
Top Customer Reviews
In Skipping, Savage takes the creative route of investigating the Seven Deadly Sins as a lens through which to examine the U.S. Bill of Rights. His "sinning" is far from the real thing in my estimation and his experiences provide for some of the most entertaining illustrations of his points.
Savage does an outstanding job of serving as a voice of counterbalance to the doomsayers among a rather large current crop of "conservatives" who tell us that society is going to "hell in a handbasket", and who set out to limit the rights of others and to define acceptable behavior for all "good" people. While anyone can invite others to a point of view, these neo-conservatives walk all over the Bill of Rights and insist that "good and right living" is defined on their terms and within their definitions of right and good and acceptable, and should be mandatory for all Americans. Those extremes I can live without!
While often hysterically funny in the reading, the content of Skippingh Toward Gomorrah is, at its very heart, a soberingly serious discussion of the intentions of our founding fathers of our country. Savage brings a refreshingly honest voice to countering fundamentalists who -- n the name of morality, decency and all that is supposedly American, feel free to trample all over the Bill of Rights.
Savage accurately argues the dangers of any kind of extremism.Read more ›
And he nearly succeeds.
In one of the book's funniest episodes, Savage calls a prayer line that he found advertised on a Christian cable network, only to be informed that as a gay man who cannot marry, he is doomed to a life of fornication and shall never rise to adulterer status (he is reassured that "fire is fire" and he's bound for hell right alongside the adulterers).
"Skipping Towards Gomorrah" is funny. Parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny, but as one would expect from Dan Savage - author of "The Kid," regular contributor to "This American Life," and editor and sex columnist for The Stranger - this book is not for the prudish. It's replete with four-letter words and anatomical descriptions that will make Mom blush, although Savage's forays uncover interesting and entirely unexpected snippets of American culture.
Hoping to indulge himself in a little "Falwell-style" gluttony, Savage attends a conference sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) in San Francisco. He soon realizes that the meeting is little more than a thinly-veiled meat market. BBWs (big, beautiful women) attend primarily to try and attract an FA (fat admirer).Read more ›
The book is not drop-dead funny the way his sex-advice column is, but you will laugh. You will also see Savage condemn the desire for us to justify doing something that gives us pleasure in other terms, as if just giving us pleasure is not reason enough for people to do things that make them happy. The main message in this book is definitely: If it feels good and you aren't hurting anyone else, do it. The secondary message in this book is definitely: If it doesn't affect you, then mind your own business.
While it's not mind-blowing literature, Savage does have some great insights on why we need to ignore the virtuecrats and live our lives in our own ways. This book is for anyone sick of hearing how there's only way to live well.
In all honesty, I did not run out to get this book, and probably never would have read it except that my boyfriend recommended it to me. Let's face it . . . a book that flaunts the fact that the author purposefully decided to indulge in sin (whether or not you believe they are sins) just has a bad ring to it. [Although that's also a big draw to those of us who are a little upset with the religious establishment.] Before you judge it, however, you should realize it is much more than that. Mr. Savage provides facts about each sin, how it has been and is treated in society and politics, and the groups who "celebrate" the sin, including gays, gamblers, swingers, rich folks, and the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance. He provides commentary to dispel or just counter myths and information promulgated by right-wing virtuecrats as well as some liberals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read some of Dan's other books including "The Kid" and "The Commitment". In this review, I am really comparing Dan to himself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kim A.
Book has some padding and some redundancy, but overall a good read. Love His Podcasts. I wish so e of my clueless conservative friends would indulge themselves, but that would... Read morePublished 22 months ago by BrightonFun1
The book is OK. I would not read it again, though. Some of the material was interesting but some of it went overboard in repeating it too often. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Jerry Janco
I love what Dan has to say, not to mention the way he says it. The way he punches holes in the sanctimonious scolds of this country, while simultaneously acknowledging their right... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Julian F Clift
Really enjoyed this I Liked The Commitment more as I find Dan Savage more palatable in the context of his familyPublished on September 4, 2013 by Vikki
Became bored with book when had read less than 15% (Kindle). Wished then that I had not purchased it. For someone who has an interest in gaming, his book might be informative. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Jim Cline
You want to know what goes on based on facts and evidence? Savage is great with respect to this angle. In total contrast to Fox News which isn't based on facts/evidence at all.Published on August 13, 2013 by Chris
Dan Savage knows how to meme his opponents very well, but unfortunately for him and his "friends" they don't know how to use facts and reason very well. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Charles P. Buchana
Dan Savage explores the world around him at the turn of the 21st century through the seven deadly sins. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Christina