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The devil and Daniel Silverman /
Theodore Roszak.
edition
1st ed.
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Wellfleet, Mass. : Leapfrog Press ; St. Paul, Minn. : Distributed in the U.S. by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 2003.
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329 p.
ISBN
0967952077
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Wellfleet, Mass. : Leapfrog Press ; St. Paul, Minn. : Distributed in the U.S. by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, 2003.
isbn
0967952077
catalogue key
4755504
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Theodore Roszak is the author of eighteen books. He has been nominated for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper's.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-01-15:
Things would be better for Daniel Silverman, a gay, Jewish, middle-aged novelist, if his books would sell more and his partner Marty's TV series hadn't been canceled. They are scraping the bottom of the financial barrel when Danny is offered $12,000 for one speech. As he must make this speech in Minnesota at a Christian school over New Year's, he is reluctant. However, a combination of flattery, first-class travel, and Marty's dental bills impel Danny to accept. On arrival, he finds himself with four lone allies: the head of the college and the three students who invited him to be the first speaker of the Religious Humanism program. Everyone else is hostile-especially upon discovering that Danny is gay. When he finishes his speech, which involves outing himself and defending the existence of the Holocaust, he finds that he and the faculty have been snowed in and that everyone must deal with one another. During this time, Danny confronts many issues concerning his childhood, his personal views on God and religion, his role and identity as a gay man, and, of course, his position as a writer and educator. A two-time National Book Award nominee, Roszak (history, California State Univ., Hayward) presents a story that one wishes were parody-but it isn't. This important work is highly recommended for all public libraries.-T.R. Salvadori, Margaret Heggan Free P.L., Hurffville, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-11-18:
This story of a gay Jewish novelist's trip from San Francisco to a small religious college in the Midwest is an uneven, fitfully entertaining satire. Roszak, a social historian (The Making of a Counter Culture) and novelist (Flicker), begins with some witty jabs at the publishing industry. Daniel Silverman is a writer whose last success was nearly 20 years ago, when Analyzing Anna ("solid middle-brow exercises in mordant but good-humored social satire") spent one week at number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list. Now his job teaching university extension courses isn't paying the bills, and his agent has long since dumped him. When Minnesota's Faith College invites him to speak on humanism, he can hardly refuse-they're offering $12,000. When he arrives, he finds that the faculty members believe, among other things, that homosexuals are unclean and humanists are going to hell. To make matters worse, he is trapped by a ferocious blizzard for several days. At this point, the book becomes bogged down in broad, predictable sendups of the American religious right. Silverman has heated arguments with his bigoted hosts, who talk about "the nearly monopolistic influence your people hold over the mass media" and insist that evidence for the Holocaust is "exaggerated." Roszak does some damage control by turning to farce, as a liquor-soaked Silverman begins to suspect that his hosts are planning to kill him before the end of the storm. But the novel's intermittent pleasures are weighed down by the clumsy social critique. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Kirkus Reviews, November 2002
Publishers Weekly, November 2002
Booklist, December 2002
ForeWord Magazine, January 2003
Library Journal, January 2003
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Main Description
Danny Silverman’s first novel reached #10 on the New York Times best-seller list, but that was 20 years ago. Now middle-aged, he and his partner, Martin, an African-American actor, are getting by on the residuals from Martin’s cancelled TV cop series when Danny gets an offer he can’t refuse: a speaking gig in a Minnesota bible college that will net him a small fortune. Why me? Silverman wonders, but he’ll take the money and run. What can happen? Only a record-breaking snowstorm that traps him under the same roof as the evangelical Christian faculty who see this Jewish homosexual writer from San Francisco as the incarnation of the anti-Christ. Forced to defend all he believes in-sexual equality, human rights, same-sex marria≥ dancing! vodka! coffee!-Silverman finds himself on the front lines of the culture wars dividing the nation today. Best known as a social historian, Theodore Roszak is also the author of cult-status novels such as Flicker , a Hollywood horror satire, and The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein , a sensual retelling of the gothic classic. Now Roszak brings us a hilarious novel of politics and ideas in which the battle for the moral heart of America is waged between a college full of scripture-spouting fundamentalists and one gay humanist who thinks they’re full of crap. Theodore Roszak lives in Berkeley, where he is a professor of history at California State University, Hayward. The author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture , he has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly , and Harper’s . The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Random House) received The James Tiptree Award for "literature that expands our understanding of gender."
Main Description
Danny Silverman's first novel reached #10 on the New York Times best-seller list, but that was 20 years ago. Now middle-aged, he and his partner, Martin, an African-American actor, are getting by on the residuals from Martin's cancelled TV cop series when Danny gets an offer he can't refuse: a speaking gig in a Minnesota bible college that will net him a small fortune. Why me? Silverman wonders, but he'll take the money and run. What can happen? Only a record-breaking snowstorm that traps him under the same roof as the evangelical Christian faculty who see this Jewish homosexual writer from San Francisco as the incarnation of the anti-Christ. Forced to defend all he believes in-sexual equality, human rights, same-sex marria≥ dancing! vodka! coffee!-Silverman finds himself on the front lines of the culture wars dividing the nation today. Best known as a social historian, Theodore Roszak is also the author of cult-status novels such as Flicker , a Hollywood horror satire, and The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein , a sensual retelling of the gothic classic. Now Roszak brings us a hilarious novel of politics and ideas in which the battle for the moral heart of America is waged between a college full of scripture-spouting fundamentalists and one gay humanist who thinks they're full of crap. Theodore Roszak lives in Berkeley, where he is a professor of history at California State University, Hayward. The author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture , he has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly , and Harper's . The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Random House) received The James Tiptree Award for "literature that expands our understanding of gender."
Main Description
Danny Silverman's first novel reached #10 on the New York Times best-seller list, but that was 20 years ago. Now middle-aged, he and his partner, Martin, an African-American actor, are getting by on the residuals from Martin's cancelled TV cop series when Danny gets an offer he can't refuse: a speaking gig in a Minnesota bible college that will net him a small fortune. Why me? Silverman wonders, but he'll take the money and run. What can happen? Only a record-breakingsnowstorm that traps him under the same roof as the evangelical Christian faculty who see this Jewish homosexual writer from San Francisco as the incarnation of the anti-Christ. Forced to defend all he believes in-sexual equality, human rights, same-sex marria≥ dancing! vodka! coffee!-Silverman finds himself on the front lines of the culture wars dividing the nation today. Best known as a social historian, Theodore Roszak is also the author of cult-status novels such as Flicker , a Hollywood horror satire, and The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein , a sensual retelling of the gothic classic. Now Roszak brings us a hilarious novel of politics and ideas in which the battle for the moral heart of America is waged between a college full of scripture-spouting fundamentalists and one gay humanist who thinks they're full of crap. Theodore Roszak lives in Berkeley, where he is a professor of history at California State University, Hayward. The author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture , he has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly , and Harper's . The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Random House) received The James Tiptree Award for "literature that expands our understanding of gender."
Main Description
Danny Silverman's first novel reached #10 on the New York Times best-seller list, but that was 20 years ago. Now middle-aged, he and his partner, Martin, an African-American actor, are getting by on the residuals from Martin's cancelled TV cop series when Danny gets an offer he can't refuse: a speaking gig in a Minnesota bible college that will net him a small fortune. Why me? Silverman wonders, but he'll take the money and run. What can happen? Only a record-breakingsnowstorm that traps him under the same roof as the evangelical Christian faculty who see this Jewish homosexual writer from San Francisco as the incarnation of the anti-Christ. Forced to defend all he believes in - sexual equality, human rights, same-sex marriage; dancing! vodka! coffee! - Silverman finds himself on the front lines of the culture wars dividing the nation today. Best known as a social historian, Theodore Roszak is also the author of cult-status novels such as Flicker , a Hollywood horror satire, and The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein , a sensual retelling of the gothic classic. Now Roszak brings us a hilarious novel of politics and ideas in which the battle for the moral heart of America is waged between a college full of scripture-spouting fundamentalists and one gay humanist who thinks they're full of crap. Theodore Roszaklives in Berkeley, where he is a professor of history at California State University, Hayward. The author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture , he has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly , and Harper's . The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Random House) received The James Tiptree Award for "literature that expands our understanding of gender."
Main Description
Danny Silverman's first novel reached #10 on the New York Times best-seller list, but that was 20 years ago. Now middle-aged, he and his partner, Martin, an African-American actor, are getting by on the residuals from Martin's cancelled TV cop series when Danny gets an offer he can't refuse: a speaking gig in a Minnesota bible college that will net him a small fortune. Why me? Silverman wonders, but he'll take the money and run. What can happen? Only a record-breaking snowstorm that traps him under the same roof as the evangelical Christian faculty who see this Jewish homosexual writer from San Francisco as the incarnation of the anti-Christ. Forced to defend all he believes in-sexual equality, human rights, same-sex marriage; dancing! vodka! coffee!-Silverman finds himself on the front lines of the culture wars dividing the nation today. Best known as a social historian, Theodore Roszak is also the author of cult-status novels such as Flicker, a Hollywood horror satire, and The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, a sensual retelling of the gothic classic. Now Roszak brings us a hilarious novel of politics and ideas in which the battle for the moral heart of America is waged between a college full of scripture-spouting fundamentalists and one gay humanist who thinks they're full of crap. Theodore Roszak lives in Berkeley, where he is a professor of history at California State University, Hayward. The author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture, he has twice been nominated for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's. The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (Random House) received The James Tiptree Award for "literature that expands our understanding of gender."
Unpaid Annotation
The author of the cult-status novel, "Flicker, " brings readers a hilarious exploration of politics and ideas in which the battle for the moral heart of America is waged between a college full of scripture-spouting fundamentalists and one Jewish homosexual writer.
Table of Contents
12K Net to Youp. 13
Number One Bestsellerp. 20
The Whole World Isn't San Franciscop. 36
Our Glass Nosep. 46
Breakfast with Richard and Sylp. 57
When Your Peewee Is All Wrongp. 70
The Ambassador from Sin Cityp. 94
The Matriarchp. 108
Which Holocaust Did You Have in Mind?p. 116
The Blue Tattoop. 125
A Good Word for the Monkeysp. 132
Video Nirvanap. 148
They Hate Jumanistic Hewsp. 156
Male and Female Created He Themp. 173
The Mad Bomberp. 187
The Troubled Pilgrimp. 203
Concerning the Reality of Satanp. 211
The Underworldp. 219
The North Fork Gay and Lesbian Alliancep. 234
Murdering Mrs. Bloorep. 257
The Voice of the Devilp. 269
Bloodp. 283
Quarantinep. 292
Arm Us, O Lord, Against the Enemyp. 300
World to Comep. 311
"Brilliant--The New York Times"p. 318
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