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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.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2013 1:08:36 PM PDT
K. Gleason says:
Posted on Apr 13, 2014 9:23:34 PM PDT
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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.
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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.
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2014 5:16:39 PM PDT
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?
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