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The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them) Paperback – October 7, 2008
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NPR host Sagal (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me) offers a hilarious, harmlessly prurient look at the banality of regular people's strange and wicked pleasures. In the wake of the late-1990s obsession with other people's fun, notes Sagal, the hoi polloi have pursued their own indulgences, such as sex joints, swinging couples' clubs, gambling and pornography. He describes the three necessary elements of vice that distinguish it from sin and give it that irresistible frisson: social disapprobation, actual pleasure and shame. A buttoned-up journalist and family man, Sagal visits the respective dens of inequity, interviewing the principals in the name of research while preserving his academic irony, e.g., during the shooting of a hardcore porn sequence for Spice TV, he remarks of the actors: I began to appreciate how very well Evan and Kelly did their work. Indeed, the dedicated hedonists, such as the regular joe habitués of San Francisco's Power Exchange or the normal-seeming couples who frequent the Swinger's Shack, face the same problems of meeting supplies, logistics, expense versus income, and time management as does any warehouse foreman. Sagal is a terrific, lively writer, and while some of his segments are repetitive and stretched, he is admirable in humanizing the participants. (Oct.)
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About the Author
Peter Sagal is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR™ news quiz Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!™ He is a playwright, a screenwriter, a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, a onetime extra in a Michael Jackson music video, and a regular contributor to "The Funny Pages" in the New York Times Magazine. Sagal lives near Chicago with his wife and three daughters.
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NPR's Peter Sagal's attempt at comedy is about as entertaining as listening to the ramblings of Richard Prior (who, by the way, was as funny as a cardboard box.)
I was looking for some decent commentary on why virtue is better than vice. I didn't get that here.
Satire is supposed to be funny, but this wasn't funny at all.
If you're looking for a decent book in this genre that is more entertaining, I recommend reading Dan Savage's "American Savage."
"The Book of Vice" is a cynical snarky reminder of why it's better to stay home on Saturday night and watch Netflix.
Reading a book about "why life sucks and nothing excites me" then trying to laugh about it is a real bummer.
Save your money folks.
1) Only mildly interesting.
2) Only mildly funny.
I think he must be a whole lot better on NPR.
I'm using it as a bedside book.
It will be a long time before I finish at 2.7 pages a night.
I was really not impressed with the set-up of the book. There was not much discussion about vices in general. Really, it was just Sagal talking about his own experiences in a world of sophisticated sin. At times it seemed as though Sagal had a personal agenda that did not apply to the material as in the chapter on lying, where he uses the example of individuals who don't believe in the Holocaust and proceeds to drag on about the topic (I agree with him, those people are full of crap). This specific example is not demonstrating the vice of lying. Oddly enough, this was about the only chapter where he actually told you how to commit the act (I wasn't really looking for instructions, but I didn't think it would be taken in this direction).
I have to agree with a previous review that this is really a book that promotes virtue. The title was deceptive, and I was quite disappointed.