Synopses & Reviews
The Daring Spectacle
is award-winning San Francisco Chronicle
/SFGate columnist and culture critic Mark Morford's hilarious modern record of sex and media, politics and pop culture, love and lust, as told in ninety-two delectable parts — not including all the delicious photos and terrifying hate mail.
Since its inception in SFGate.com nearly 10 years ago, Morford's hyperliterate, often controversial, smartly unhinged "Notes and Errata" column has achieved an avid cultlike status, and is regularly one of the most read and emailed works on the entire site. The book contains nearly 100 columns, 50 pieces of nicely shocking hate mail, with fresh commentary added to every column, along with photos, snippets, banned work, and various journalistic sacrilege that all points to one undeniable fact: There's simply no other opinion columnist quite like Morford in American media today. Please undress accordingly.
“Morford writes like a man possessed by demented angels. His twice-weekly column routinely features jaw-dropping, unflinchingly liberal prose so biting and sweet and innovative it amazes us that a mainstream daily would keep this guy on the payroll.” Detroit Metro Times
“Mark Morford's wildly plotted essays are unique wonders, perfect for a city as charmingly deranged as San Francisco. But wherever you're from, he takes you on topical excursions that are intersections of opinion, news and higher consciousness. It's always well worth the ride.” Phil Bronstein, Editor-at-large, San Francisco Chronicle
“There's no better chronicler of weirdo-American thought or the spiritual-hippie division in this country, than Mark Morford. A refreshing, yet still macho, antidote to frat literature.” Neal Pollack, author, Alternadad
“A kick-ass, take-no-prisoners, laugh-out-loud-funny liberal writer, thinker and cultural critic. I would have his babies.” Dan Savage, syndicated sex columnist
“Mark's the real deal, reflecting a slice of San Francisco that you often don't hear about.” Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
About the Author
Mark Morford is an award-winning columnist and culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and its website, SFGate.com, currently the 7th most popular news website in the country. He's also a popular Vinyasa yoga teacher in San Francisco. He was raised by nubile, long-eyelashed, callipygian wood nymphs and spoon fed dark chocolate and raw pomegranate seeds and 18-year-old Scotch until he could fly. His work has appeared in a number of fine publications including Mother Jones, Yoga Journal, Men's Health, The Sun, and The Bark, but not Guns and Ammo or Quilter's World, so please stop asking. He has twice won first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual contest, and been nominated for multiple GLAAD awards for his work supporting gay rights, a fact for which he feels particularly grateful, considering how hes relatively sure he is exceedingly straight. He's also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.