Mike Sager has turned tabloid news into magazine pieces that were some of the most admired journalism in two decades. From his landmark story “The Devil and John Holmes” to his Rick James piece, this new collection focuses on the dark side of American life, including an intimate glimpse of Roseanne Barr’s multiple personality disorder and hanging out on the road with deathMike Sager has turned tabloid news into magazine pieces that were some of the most admired journalism in two decades. From his landmark story “The Devil and John Holmes” to his Rick James piece, this new collection focuses on the dark side of American life, including an intimate glimpse of Roseanne Barr’s multiple personality disorder and hanging out on the road with death metal gods. Sager is the anthropologist of places we can only imagine and would rather not visit....
|Title||:||Revenge of the Donut Boys: True Stories of Lust, Fame, Survival and Multiple Personality|
|Number of Pages||:||331 Pages|
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Revenge of the Donut Boys: True Stories of Lust, Fame, Survival and Multiple Personality Reviews
3.5 stars -- As others have said, many of these articles are dated (does anyone really care about Roseanne, or pro beach volleyball anymore?) Being dated isn't always a bad thing, however--it was fun to read about Ice Cube back when he was a menacing figure to mainstream society--instead of the star of hokey family films. Those articles not revolving around pop culture, such as a small neighborhood's encounter with a terrifying California wildfire, are more riveting. And for pure schadenfreude, there is the profile of the ex-Marine who is now a stay-at-home dad with two toddlers, whose once interesting life now revolves around shit, piss, snot, and mindless screaming. And to top it all off, his once-happy marriage is now a mess, of course. Shoulda wrapped it up, you poor dumb bastard.
I haven't read everything in here yet, but the Brooke Burke profile alone makes me think Sager used up all his platinum shit in "Scary Monsters." At the AAN Conference in San Francisco, Sager made a joke about how he got paid to hang out with one of the world's most beautiful women for a week, and that's really all the article has going for it. He tries to make Ms. Burke interesting, but you can feel him struggling.
A varied bunch of essays written for various national magazines. Sager's eclectic, perceptive eyes probe the "soft underbelly" of American society such as Roseanne Barr, kids stealing cars in Newark, a dead-on portrait of a typical 17yr old American boy, forest fires, etc., etc. His style of reportage in engaging and always interesting. Readable.
A collection of essays written by Mike Sager written in the past 10 - 15 years ago, primarily for Esquire. I found most of them dated, and a few of them didn't seem to have much of a point. The best one was "Is Something Burning?" About a neighborhood in California destroyed by a forest fire.
There's a reason that this guy's a magazine writer. Like, one article in esquire does not a book make.
Great collection of stories! Plus, Mike Sager presents at our sites!
I found this on the floor of the library. It looked interesting.