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He Writes A New Book, But Eschews Los Angeles

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First off, The Stranger's Seattle books department has hit another one out of the park with "Being Savage: Dan Savage's Older Brother Reviews His Younger Brother's New Book." Read it and chuckle in that pleasant feeling of being included in the inner circle. Ben makes comments like "Danny doesn't go far enough, he pulls his punches." This about a man who writes one of the most sexually explicit columns in Internetville? It's funny to hear what his older brother thinks of him.

Savage's new book, The Commitment, is on gay marriage from a political and a personal perspective. This follow-up to The Kid: (What Happened After My Boyfriend And I Decided To Go Get Pregnant) An Adoption Story and Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins And The Pursuit of Happiness In America puts the baby carriage before the union. Happily coupled and parenting, Savage tries to figure out his own thoughts on gay marriage in the US under severe pressure from his own mother to marry his boyfriend.

Alas - apparently he's skipping LA in his book tour, or at least Penguin hasn't posted any LA dates yet. For the disappointed, there's a thoughtful interview on Afterelton.com where he discusses gender, parenting, and weddings as an institution. We are long-time fans of Savage's brutal, wicked advice columns in the Onion A.V. Club, and anything that lets him go into more detail about sex and society is a good thing. Just come to LA, Dan! We don't bite...