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The Year of Loving Dangerously
The Year of Loving Dangerously

The Year of Loving Dangerously

By Ted Rall, Illustrated by Pablo Callejo


128 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.99 (US $15.99) (CA $20.99)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9781681122151

Rights: WOR X UK

NBM Publishing (Apr 2019)

Price: $15.99


A colorful, New York story of unusual survival, now in a revised paperback edition

It's New York City in the 1980s, and Ted Rall is in college. Everything is fine before his pranks, lack of focus, and restlessness get him expelled. Unable to find a job and rejected by his parents, he considers suicide. By happenstance he finds comfort in the arms of many women as he bed-hops around the five boroughs. It's better than homelessness, but the psychic toll of selling himself and his affection was higher than he imagined. Both acidly funny and brutally honest, Rall, a cartoonist both beloved and reviled for his edgy politics, pours out his guts in this remembrance of this most difficult chapter in his life.


"Many of the book's most memorable passages consider the ambiguous intersections between sexual desire and economic destitution, albeit with Rall's characteristic blunt wit." —New York Press

"He was more interested in well-stocked refrigerators than impending sexual adventures. Realistically illustrated in soft colors by Callejo, of Bluesman (2004–06) fame, and maximally unbuttoned in some places, Rall's sympathetic account of his life on the edge encourages identifying with a situation so desperate that his outrageous choices seem necessary." —Booklist

"Ted Rall is fearless. In The Year of Loving Dangerously, he turns his formidable journalistic skills on a very rich subject--himself. The memoir is not just a revealing and entertaining account of Rall's misspent youth, but a gritty, alternative take on Manhattan in the boom years of the eighties." —Allison Bechdel, Fun Home

Author Biography

Editorial cartoonist, essayist, and graphic novelist Ted Rall grew up near Dayton, Ohio. He won a scholarship to Columbia University, which expelled him for academic and disciplinary reasons during the long, hot summer of 1984. He has since become a widely-syndicated cartoonist, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the author of 20 books. He returned to Columbia in 1990, where he graduated with honors. Born in Leon, Spain, Pablo Callejo can't remember when he started to draw or when he first felt the need to tell stories through pictures, but he took his time, and published his first work at age 32. He now works for publishers in France, Spain, South Korea, and the US.