The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)

The Book of VicePeter Sagal

Host of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, Sagal’s voice is all that a good liberal midwesterner should be. Whether discussing attending a swinger’s party, gambling, eating a 24-course gourmet meal or studying pornography, Sagal sounds wry, amused and slightly embarrassed, with strains of the midwest “well, to each their own… I guess” attitude. Interspersed with witty, snarky commentary Sagal and his wife daintily dip a toe into naughtiness of all types. While they rarely join in he naughtiness, they do study it with rapt attention – mostly. “Beth and I looked for some other way to pass the time There was an unused backgammon set, but the only thing duller than not having sex at a sex party was playing backgammon at a sex party.” Though Sagal’s immersion in vice could be compared to a fine spray from a sprinkler, he does offer a number of excellent theories on why people are drawn to their various vices. Why gamble when you are almost sure to lose? Why watch porn or pay for lap dances when you can get the real thing for free? Why pay for single mouthfuls of exotic foods when you could get two burgers for $2? A great laugh and nicely naughty tour of vice with a kind and funny guide.

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