The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Stories

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Santa Fe Writers Project, 2008 - Literary Collections - 247 pages
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Nonfiction is the new black comedy in this hilarious collection of award-winning literary essays written by the infamous 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 stories 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.

 

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This was an entertaining book, especially for those of us with short attention spans. I found I learned about aspects of the world while reading about the people who influence them. The personalities ... Read full review

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Pagan Kennedy became a figure of interest as a 'zine publisher. The 'zine world now feels like a precusor to the blog world: a suggestion that it wasn't technology alone that drove the move to a ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
xi
Visionaries
xxxi
The Dangerous Joy of Dr Sex
1
Genius on Two Dollars a Day
53
The Strongest Woman in the World
77
Vermin Supreme Wants to Be Your Tyrant
111
The Chemist in the Desert
123
One Room ThreeThousand Brains
135
The Ballad of Conor Oberst
157
How to Make Almost Anything
173
What We Mean By Freedom
189
First Person Stories From My Own Life
207
Boston Marriage
209
The Encyclopedia of Scorpions
223
Off Season
243
Copyright

The Mystic Mechanic
149

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About the author (2008)

Pagan Kennedy is the author of 10 books in a variety of genres, including The Exes, The First Man-Made Man, Spinsters, Stripping, and Confessions of a Memory Eater, which was featured in Entertainment Weekly as an "EW pick." She is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, and has published articles in The New York Times. She also has been the recipient of a Barnes and Noble Discover Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Smithsonian Fellowship for science writing. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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