Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Stories

Kennedy Pagan (Author)


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.

Product Details

Price: $14.00
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer's Project
Published Date: September 01, 2008
Pages: 247
Dimensions: 5.64 X 0.58 X 8.0 inches | 0.64 pounds
ISBN: 9780977679935
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About the Author

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.


"Kennedy prowls the shadowy, creepy, eye-popping limits of the culture where other writers fear to tread." --John Sedgwick, author, The Dark House and The Education of Mrs. Bemis
"A dangerous joy of literary pleasure--a compelling, spellbinding reading experience. In this book, Pagan Kennedy writes with clarity, honesty and impeccable grace." --Lee Gutkind, author, Almost Human: Making Robots Think
"Complicated, cool, and vulnerable at the same time . . . you can't help falling for Pagan Kennedy's characters." --The New York Times