Revenge of the Donut Boys Sometimes when you read literary journalism, you think, "But how could the writer know his subject 'blinked twice in rapid succession'? He wasn't there!" That… Revenge of the Donut Boys Sometimes when you read literary journalism, you think, "But how could the writer know his subject 'blinked twice in rapid succession'? He wasn't there!" That… 2007-06-29 Nonfiction Pop Culture Thunder's Mouth Press
Book Review

Revenge of The Donut Boys (2007)

THE HOLE TRUTH Sager's collection of magazine journalism is marked by credible novelistic detail
THE HOLE TRUTH Sager's collection of magazine journalism is marked by credible novelistic detail
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 29, 2007; Writer: Mike Sager; Genres: Nonfiction, Pop Culture; Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press

Sometimes when you read literary journalism, you think, ''But how could the writer know his subject 'blinked twice in rapid succession'? He wasn't there!'' That doesn't happen with Mike Sager's work. In Revenge of the Donut Boys' pieces, which are mostly from Esquire, Sager writes in convincingly novelistic detail and supple, pinpoint prose about the inner lives of a high school junior, a 92-year-old man, Slayer fans, swingers, struggling actors, Mike Ditka, and wildfire victims. The title piece is one of his best, the short true story of some car-stealing Newark kids. ''They'll rustle up a car,'' Sager writes, ''to drive to elementary school, in lieu of bus fare.''

Originally posted Aug 10, 2007 Published in issue #948 Aug 17, 2007 Order article reprints
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