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As of May 2012, the book's publisher reported the book had sold 400,000 copies. Mc Grady and the other writers had nothing to do with a hardcore 1975 film with the same title.
They did, however, see the movie at a Times Square theater.
Mike Mc Grady was convinced that popular American literary culture had become so base—with the best-seller lists dominated by the likes of Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann—that any book could succeed if enough sex was thrown in.
To test his theory, in 1966 Mc Grady recruited a team of Newsday colleagues (according to Andreas Schroder, Mc Grady co-edited the project with his Newsday colleague Harvey Aronson, and among the other collaborators were well-known writers including 1965 Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Goltz, 1970 Pulitzer Prize winner Robert W. The group wrote the book as a deliberately inconsistent hodge-podge, with each chapter written by a different author.
A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger.
Pilieva once again brought two strangers together and this time asked them to undress each other and get into a bed.
And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.
Has anyone developed discussion questions for use of this book as a Book Club selection? Here are my first two questions: 1) What was the most surprising thing you learned from this book?
There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided.
Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery.
Some of the chapters had to be heavily edited, because they were originally too well written.