In Skipping Towards Gomorrah, Dan Savage eviscerates the right-wing conservatives as he commits each of the Seven Deadly Sins himself (or tries to) and finds those everyday Americans who take particular delight in their sinful pursuits. Among them:
Greed: Gamblers reveal secrets behind outrageous fortune.
Lust: "We're swingers!"-you won't believe who's doing it.
Anger: Texans shoot off some rounds and then listen to Dan fire off on his own about guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment.
Combine a unique history of the Seven Deadly Sins, a new interpretation of the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, and enough Bill Bennett, Robert Bork, Pat Buchanan, Dr. Laura, and Bill O'Reilly bashing to more than make up for their incessant carping, and you've got the most provocative book of the fall.
In this hybrid travelogue/manifesto, bad-boy journalist Savage sticks it to nagging "virtuecrats" like Bill Bennett and Dr. Laura by immersing himself in the pleasures they have labeled evil and degenerate. Pursuing the seven deadly sins with a vengeance, he learns lessons in lust from a swinging couple, gets gluttonous at the buffet line of a fat-acceptance support group and proudly takes Ecstasy at a gay pride parade. Savage practices an informed hedonism in which gambling in Las Vegas is a "safe, packaged, consensual victimization" and eating mammoth servings of theme restaurant food is an "extreme sport" in health-conscious times. "One man's moral and aesthetic pollution may be central to another man's pursuit of happiness," he writes. By the time Savage has smoked his last joint, there's little denying his argument that society would save a lot of money and stress by authorizing and regulating certain vices instead of stamping them out. Author Steve Wilson