Viewing entries posted in April 2013

Dan Savage's American Savage a Top 10 PW Pick!

April 22, 2013

Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books list for 2013 is out, and American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Dan Savage (Dutton, May 28, 2013) is on the list. PW also did a cool short interview with Dan. Here's a quick clip:

You serve up seriously unconventional advice in this book, including tips on marital infidelity!

It’s going to happen, so why not do it right? I’m not condoning serial adulterers who are abusing their partners or putting them at risk. But there are times when cheating can save a marriage—for example, when one spouse is seriously disabled and the other, to stay sane, gets his or her needs met elsewhere, discreetly. Or maybe it’s a terrific marriage except for very divergent needs for sex. It overemphasizes the importance of sex to say that, if a marriage is working in every area but sex, a spouse must divorce first and cheat second. There are times when people should cheat first and divorce not at all.

Your own same-sex marriage seems almost a model of wholesomeness. Is there a tension between the radical sex-advice columnist and your inner Ward Cleaver?

People who consider me the enemy of all things good and decent would be appalled at how Ozzie and Harriet it is around our house. People come over expecting a sling over our dining room table and a goat under it, and they’re just flummoxed: Terry and I are in bed at 9:30 p.m. most nights and sometimes we can’t make it through The Daily Show. But there are also times when we go to the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago and tear it up. Being parents should not preclude taking a walk on the wild side every once in a while.

Posted by waleslit on April 22, 2013  |  Permalink

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Lucia Perillo Awarded 2013 Shelley Memorial Award

April 17, 2013

The Poetry Society of America picked Lucia Perillo for their 2013 Shelley Memorial Award, which is "...presented annually to a living American poet selected with reference to his or her genius..." She shares the honor with Martin Espada.

A concise but excellent write-up of Lucia's artistic accomplishments is up on the Poetry Society's website, accessible here.

Congratulations, Lucia!

Posted by waleslit on April 17, 2013  |  Permalink

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