The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Stories

Product Details:

Paperback: 247 pages
ISBN-10: 0977679934
ISBN-13: 978-0977679935

About the Book:

Nonfiction is the new black comedy in this hilarious collection of award-winning literary essays written by the inimitable Pagan Kennedy. In the title piece, Alex Comfort, author of The Joy of Sex, reinvents himself as a sex guru in California and hatches a plan to destroy monogamy forever. In the essays that follow, a retired chemist finds a way to turn a wasteland into paradise, an aspiring tyrant tries to become the emperor of America, and an artist rigs himself up to a “brain machine” made from parts he bought at Radio Shack. All of the essays—most of which have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe Magazine—document the stories of visionaries bent on remaking the world, for better or for worse.

Praise for The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex

“Kennedy prowls the shadowy, creepy, eye-popping limits of the culture where other writers fear to tread.”

—John Sedgwick, author, The Dark House and The Education of Mrs. Bemis

“Complicated, cool, and vulnerable at the same time . . . you can’t help falling for Pagan Kennedy’s characters.”

The New York Times

“A dangerous joy of literary pleasure—a compelling, spellbinding reading experience. In this book, Pagan Kennedy writes with clarity, honesty and impeccable grace.”

—Lee Gutkind, author, Almost Human: Making Robots Think