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The Revenge of the Donut Boys: True Stories of Lust, Fame, Survival and Multiple Personality

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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 death ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 20th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published July 19th 2007)
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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,
matt. singer.
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.
Christopher Fox
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.
Mar 31, 2014 Sarah marked it as to-read
Shelves: quit-reading
I found this on the floor of the library. It looked interesting.
Words Alive
Great collection of stories! Plus, Mike Sager presents at our sites!
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Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. A former Washington Post staff writer under Watergate investigator Bob Woodward, he worked closely, during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Sager is the author of four collections of non-fiction, two novels, and one biography. He has served for more than fifteen years as a ...more
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