Adam Carlson
May 24, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Savage

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Dan Savage
publisher
Dutton Adult
genre
Essays

We gave it a B

It’s been nearly eight years since The Commitment, but America’s most famous gay sex columnist is still the same Savage. His latest collection takes on kink-phobia, bi-phobia, and Halloween (”the straight pride parade”) with a get-real voice shot through with generosity and candor. Chapters on gun control, health care, and sex education are over-stuffed with old facts and understuffed with new ideas; they illustrate hypocrisy without examining it. But Savage’s essays on fatherhood, cheating, and the subset of Americans, in American Savage, who still think sexuality is a choice are powerful messages for both the head and the heart. B

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