The Lonely Hedonist: True Stories of Sex, Drugs, Dinosaurs and Peter Dinklage

The Lonely Hedonist: True Stories of Sex, Drugs, Dinosaurs and Peter Dinklage

by Mike Sager
The Lonely Hedonist: True Stories of Sex, Drugs, Dinosaurs and Peter Dinklage

The Lonely Hedonist: True Stories of Sex, Drugs, Dinosaurs and Peter Dinklage

by Mike Sager


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Best-selling author Mike Sager has been called “the Beat poet of American journalism, that rare reporter who can make literature out of shabby reality.” The Lonely Hedonist: True Stories of Sex, Drugs, Dinosaurs and Peter Dinklage is Sager’s sixth collection of true stories—sixteen intimate profiles of larger-than-life Americans, both famous and obscure:

The founder of a Beverly Hills sex club who has everything he ever wanted but misses his old life. The most amazing dinosaur fossil ever found—and never seen by the public. The forgotten sixth founding member of the seminal rap group N.W.A. The whirlwind lifestyle of California’s busiest marijuana physician. The Most Interesting Man in the World, in retirement. The former marketing man who is living off the grid on a small plot in suburbia. The secret life of a clown—what happens when the people you’re trying to please begin hating you.

Plus, Game of Throne’s Peter Dinklage, Hollywood genius J.J. Abrams, TV pitchman Ron Popeil (Operators are standing by!), the male supermodel who spent twenty years as a member of a cult, the tiny island in the Pacific where dominating football players are made and exported in astounding numbers, and the secret community of underground hash oil makers known as Wooks.

“Mike Sager writes about places and events we seldom get a look at,” said Pulitizer Prize–winning author Richard Ben Cramer. “But with Sager in command of all the telling details, he shows us history, humanity, humor, sometimes even honor. He makes us glad to live with our eyes wide open.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998079356
Publisher: Sager Group LLC
Publication date: 08/21/2017
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. A former Washington Post staff writer under Watergate investigator Bob Woodward, he worked closely, during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Sager is the author of more than ten books, including anthologies, novels, biography, and textbooks. He has served for two decades as a writer for Esquire. In 2010 he won the National Magazine Award for profile writing for his article "The Man Who Never Was." Several of his stories have inspired films and documentaries; he is the editor and publisher of The Sager Group LLC. For more information, please see

Table of Contents


The Lonely Hedonist

The founder of Beverly Hill’s most elite sex club left his wife, rented a mansion and filled it with debauchery. Why is he still unhappy

The Day Peter Dinklage Watched Someone Die

Everywhere he goes, the Emmy- and Golden-Globe-winning star of Game of Thrones causes a stir. Of course, it’s been that way his entire life

The Life of a Clown

Sparky has a white face, a red nose and a deep seated need to please. He loves to make people laugh. Please don’t hate him because he’s clownish.

The Samoan Pipeline

How does a tiny island, 5,000 miles from the U.S. mainland, produce so many professional football players?

The Golden Child

J. J. Abrams is the most influential film and TV maker in Hollywood. He’s not just reanimating Star Wars. He is what Star Wars begot.

Dab Artists

The craftsmen on the outlaw edge of the hash oil boom call themselves Wooks. Once a year they converge on the Secret Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

The Pot Doctor Will See You Now

A long and jangled day with one of the country’s busiest (and most charismatic) cannabis medical professionals.

The Most Interesting Man in the World, In Retirement

A cross between James Bond and Don Juan (with a dash of Don Quixote), he was internationally known and loved—until Dos Equis decided to send him to Mars.

Growing Almonds in the Desert

Despite a crippling drought, a family farm in California’s Central Valley harvests a banner crop.

Will the Public Ever Get to See the “Dueling Dinosaurs”?

America’s most spectacular fossil, found by a plucky Montana rancher known as the Dino Cowboy, is locked up in a secret storage room. Why?

The Bone Diggers

Every summer, groups of scientists and students converge on the Badlands, searching for fossils and working to solve the riddles of the earth.

The First Family of Dildos

At Doc Johnson, sex toys are a family affair. How one small LA business survived the dark days of the Reagan/Bush War on Porn and is thriving in its second generation.

Will Ron Popeil’s Final Product Be His Masterpiece?

It boils eggs! It steams clams and lobsters! It bakes bread! And best of all, it can fry a 15-pound turkey in 46 minutes!

The First Male Supermodel Was a Cult Member

Hoyt Richards was one of the 1990s’ most successful male models. No one suspected he was under the sway of a doomsday cult.

Arabian Prince Has No Regretz

The forgotten sixth founding member of the seminal hip hop group N.W.A. is doing just fine. Like the fifth Beatle, he’s the one who walked away.

Living Off the Grid in Suburbia

Part Henry David Thoreau, part Robinson Carusoe, this former marketing man chucked it all to live on a utopian island in the middle a San Diego suburb.

Peace Out

At San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project, death is a creative act, not a tragedy–the ending of one beautiful thing and the beginning of another.

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