Truck Month Textbook Trade In Amazon Fashion Learn more nav_sap_cbcc_7_fly_beacon $5 Albums Fire TV with 4k Ultra HD Beauty Mother's Day Gifts Amazon Gift Card Offer ctstrph2 ctstrph2 ctstrph2  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Fire, Only $39.99 Kindle Paperwhite UniOrlando Shop Now SnS
Customer Review

74 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ethical insights on sex and life, May 28, 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics (Kindle Edition)
I am a lover of fiction. Oh, sure, I read a lot of non-fiction -- news, blogs, internet columns -- but when I think of reading for pleasure,it is always fiction. So I bought Dan Savage's book out of impulse. I like his columns, SLOG, his podcasts, his work on behalf of gay kids and my gay friends -- so why not give him a little paid thank you for all of the free stuff I've gotten from him over the years?

So the book arrived on my Kindle app and I thought I'd read one essay -- like maybe one a day? Who knew I'd gobble it down like -- well -- my favorite novels? Savage is an amazing writer -- precise in his thought process, graceful in his expression, amusing, humane, and frequently (as Mike Huckabee says) "rude, vile, and angry." The victims of his needle wit, of course, absolutely deserve it, having attacked vilely and viciously his life, his family, his friends, and those in this world who just want to be allowed to love as their beings demand. Dan's work is sometimes angry, but more often he shows humor, love and a keen understanding of human nature.

So I recommend this book to those who appreciate good writing as well as to those who enjoy insight into other people's lives (including their sex lives!), or who just appreciate seeing the bigots of this world skewered as they well deserve with a measured wit and deadly logic.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-10 of 14 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 15, 2013 1:08:36 PM PDT
K. Gleason says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 9:23:34 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Apr 25, 2014 12:33:22 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2014 10:05:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2014 10:14:46 PM PDT
Lindie says:
Savage has frequently commented on his erroneous first take on the Iraq war, seeing it originally as a necessary defense against fanatic Islam. Nothing new here! If you look at Wikipedia's Dan Savage entry, it states, "One week before the war began, Savage spoke against it, citing the inability of President George W. Bush to form a convincing case and sway the UN and NATO allies. By 2005 he deemed the situation "hopeless" and advocated an immediate troop withdrawal." The sarcasm of your attack on something written 11 years ago and long ago corrected seems a little desperate. A lot of people originally supported that war. How about sticking to a review of THIS book instead of a personal attack on the author, whom you obviously dislike.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 10:28:35 AM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Apr 25, 2014 12:33:38 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 11:24:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 14, 2014 11:30:38 AM PDT
Lindie says:
So, do you go around the internet searching out sites for people who supported past wars but were not in the military and write snarky things about their books? And do you only read what they wrote 11 years ago or do you actually read the book that your criticism is attached to? While I certainly understand your disdain for chickenhawks, it would seem to be an exercise in total frustration to use that as your focus now. How about searching out people who actually are writing books in support of FUTURE wars who are on your chickenhawk list? (PS, Savage won't be on this list since he has sworn off ever writing in support of war again as his mea culpa about his original error.) There is a certain futility at aiming your anger and grief at a past which can never be changed but only regretted.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 12:13:30 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Apr 25, 2014 12:33:48 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 12:49:04 PM PDT
Lindie says:
Repeat yourself much?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2014 9:56:39 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Apr 25, 2014 12:33:55 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2014 5:16:39 PM PDT
Lindie says:
Personal attacks don't actually persuade people that your argument is sound. Do I agree that Savage was wrong about Iraq? Absolutely. Does Savage admit that he was wrong? Absolutely. Was his opinion the tilting point that caused us to go attack Iraq on the assumption that they had something to do with 9/11? Hardly. I doubt that Bush or Cheney knew who he was or what his opinion was (until shortly before the war began) or that they would have cared had they known. At this point, what can Savage do except admit he was wrong? How many others who shared his wrong opinion and have written books have you reviewed? It seems you are fixated on one person out of many. Why just that one? Could it possibly be because you don't like his opinion on other subjects or don't like him because he is gay or because he is opposes evangelical right wingers' views of sexuality or is liberal in his politics? Why have you picked him out of the thousands who equally went astray? And why doesn't your review discuss what is actually in this book instead of harping on your one note of bitter hostility?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2014 7:29:41 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Apr 25, 2014 12:34:02 PM PDT]
‹ Previous 1 2 Next ›