“Mike Sager writes with uncommon grace and, always, with respect for those who give him their time. His stories cut to the bone of our common humanity.”
–Paul Hendrickson, author, Hemingway’s Boat and Sons of Mississippi, on The Someone You’re Not.
“Mike Sager’s stories roar with authority and commitment and take your emotions on a rollicking ride… He introduces an unforgettable cast of gloriously flawed characters who haunt, enchant and linger. This is the heart-wrenching stuff of literature, in the hands of a master.”
–Jeanne Marie Laskas, GQ correspondent, author of Hidden America on The Someone You’re Not.
“You know those engrossing books that keep you up all night? Don’t pick this one up if you have somewhere to be the next morning.”
–E Online.com on Scary Monsters and Super Freaks
“Like his journalistic precursors Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Sager writes frenetic, off-kilter pop-sociological profiles of Americans in all their vulgarity and vitality. He writes with flair, but only in the service of an omnivorous curiosity. He defies expectations in pieces that lesser writers would play for satire or sensationalism… a Whitmanesque ode to teeming humanity’s mystical unity.”
–The New York Times Book Review on Revenge of the Donut Boys
“I can recognize the truth in these stories—tales about the darkest possible side of wretched humanity.”
–Hunter S. Thompson, author, on Scary Monsters and Super Freaks.
“This collection of pieces by Mike Sager is just brilliant– brave, written with soul and beauty, and unflinching in the depiction of a real America that needs to be revealed. Bravo to Sager for being one of the few writers left willing to do it.”
–Buzz Bissinger, author, Friday Night Lights, on Wounded Warriors
“Mike Sager’s keen, journalistic eye and unique voice transfer to fiction with highly entertaining results…Deviant Behavior is a street-level, symphonic portrait of an American city.”
–George Pelecanos, author, The Cut, and producer, The Wire and Treme, on Deviant Behavior
“Sager plays Virgil in the modern American inferno…Compelling and stylish magazine journalism, rich in novelistic detail.”
–Kirkus Reviews, on Revenge of the Donut Boys
“Nobody alive today is writing better long magazine pieces than Mike Sager. If you want to find out what the gold standard looks like, or if you just want to read a breathtaking portrait of our motley nation, buy this book.”
–Kurt Andersen, author, True Believers, host of PRI’s Studio 360
“Like a silver-tongued Margaret Mead, Sager slips into foreign societies almost unnoticed and lives among the natives, chronicling his observations in riveting long-form narratives that recall a less tragic, less self-involved Hunter S. Thompson and a more relatable Tom Wolfe.”
“Mike Sager is the beat poet of American journalism, that rare reporter who can make literature out of shabby reality. Equal parts reporter, ethnographer, stylist and cultural critic, Sager has for 20 years carried the tradition of Tom Wolfe on his broad shoulders, chronicling the American scene and psyche. Nobody does it sharper, smarter, or with more style.”
–Walt Harrington, author and dean emeritus, College of Media, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign