The Dangerous Joy of Dr Sex
From the inimitable voice of one of America's most creative nonfiction writers, Pagan Kennedy's The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Stories is a collection of nonfiction essays that portray the lives of striving individuals, each trying to make the country and the world a better place. In one essay, an aging scientist-a survivor of Japanese internments camps in California during World War Two-seeks to bring water to the desert of drought-stricken Eritrea. In another, students at MIT struggle to make biodiesel fuels a better, more efficient means of powering cars. And in the title essay-which was selected for inclusion in WW Norton's Best American Creative Nonfiction 2008-the strange life of British sexologist Alex Comfort, author of the bestselling The Joy of Sex, is brought to the public for the very first time. In each of these tales, Kennedy mines the odd, eccentric dreams of iconoclastic America, and shows us how a group of vibrant, future-thinking people can remake the planet for the 21st Century. The stories in this collection are smart, funny, and irresistibly charming.