Savage Love from A to Z: Advice on Sex and Relationships, Dating and Mating, Exes and Extras (Hardcover)

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By Dan Savage, Joe Newton (Illustrator)
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America's premier sex advice columnist takes on edgier-than-ever sex-positive topics with his signature candor in his first illustrated collection of adults-only essays, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Savage Love column. 

Dan Savage has been talking frankly about sex and relationships for 30 years, and has built an international following thanks to his sex-positive Savage Love column and podcast. To celebrate this milestone comes Savage Love from A to Z, an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays that provides a thoughtful, frank dive into Savage's trademark phrases and philosophies. This hardcover book is for anyone who's had sex, is currently having sex, or hopes to have sex!

Essays cover a variety of topics:
  • B Is for Boredom
  • F Is for Fuck First
  • G Is for GGG (Good Giving Game)
  • M Is for Monogamish

  • Whether he's talking about issues like compatibility or specific sex acts, you can be sure he's giving it to you straight. Short excerpts from his classic columns kick off each essay and cheeky illustrations by his longtime collaborator Joe Newton complement the topic at hand. Savage has moved the needle toward a more open discourse around sex, relationships, and intimacy, and this book will both inspire and inform his legions of fans. An ideal stocking stuffer!

    About the Author

    Dan Savage is an author, media pundit, journalist, and LGBT community activist. He writes Savage Love, an internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column, and hosts the popular Savage Lovecast. He is the author of several books including The Kid, It Gets Better, The Commitment, Skipping Toward Gomorrah, American Savage, and Savage Love. In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth. He founded the HUMP! annual film festival in 2005, which showcases home-movie erotica, amateur sex cinema, and locally produced pornography.

    Joe Newton is an artist, graphic designer, and art director. His illustrations have appeared in publications like the New York Times, Vibe and Nickelodeon magazine, and for clients like Sony Music and Publicis. His work has been honored by American Illustration, Communications Arts, and Print magazine.

    Praise For…

    "Thirty years later, the [Savage Love] column is still going strong, running in newspapers all over the world — plus [Savage] hosts a podcast and has written several books. [He] has become a cultural force in the world of LGBT rights, sex, love and relationships. He has coined new words and ideas for how to be intimate and adventurous, and how to redefine commitment as relationships evolve."
    —The Washington Post

    "The book is a victory lap for a writer who has personally made a huge swath of Americans better people and better lovers—less judgmental, more communicative, more generous."

    "The format looks slight, but Savage’s alphabetized essays — R is for rejection, B is for bondage and so on — allows for left turns and direct talk that rarely avoids the big picture of every permeation of relationship."
    —Chicago Tribune

    "Illustrated by frequent collaborator Joe Newton, Savage’s latest book is an extension of his belief that great sex starts with great communication."
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781632173829
    ISBN-10: 1632173824
    Publisher: Sasquatch Books
    Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
    Pages: 160
    Language: English

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    How To Read More

    If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
    Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
    Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

    In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
    These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
    And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

    Why do we want/need to read more?

    To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
    And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

    - for work
    If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

    - for education
    you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

    - for self-development
    all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

    - for fun
    because good books always = fun!

    Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


    And so - How to read more:
    We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


    15 minutes a day

    You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

    You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


    50 First Pages
    This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

    It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

    ***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


    Reader's Diary

    This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

    • Author
    • Year of publication
    • Main characters
    • Scene
    • Plot
    • Theme
    • Quotes

    And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


    Maybe a Book Bet?
    Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

    Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


    Speed Reading

    Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

    *There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



    Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
    Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
    And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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