The Founding Editor Of The Huffington Post Releases A Rollicking Collection Of True Tales
If David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Larry David, and Caitlin Moran had the unlikeliest orgy in history, the resulting love child might one day write a book like Roy Sekoff's debut, Lacks Self-Control: True Stories I Waited Until My Parents Died to Tell [Big A Books, now available].
Taking its title from Sekoff's kindergarten teacher's strikingly prophetic report card proclamation ("Although he is generally agreeable, Roy lacks self-control"), this summer's release of Lacks Self-Control marks the arrival of a collection of stories that 99% of the population would be too reticent, embarrassed -- or, let's face it, polite -- to write down, let alone share with the world.
Which is, of course, precisely the point.
Caroming between Sekoff's Miami childhood, overstimulated adolescence, and A-list adjacent adulthood, Lacks Self-Control is a rambunctious, rollicking, occasionally raunchy read that re-introduces Roy Sekoff -- best known as the founding editor of the Huffington Post and co-creator of HuffPost Live -- to the realm of public life, following his 2016 departure from the media juggernaut he helped to create.
From a teenage pilgrimage to a Times Square porn superstore to life-changing experiences with high colonics and psychic readings to his deep catalogue of close encounters of the celebrity kind, Lacks Self-Control chronicles Sekoff's unwavering commitment to overshare -- culminating in an uproarious, relatable, and addictive memoir that proves impossible to put down from the first page forward.
"I walked away from a high-profile, high-paying, completely secure job as second-in-command at HuffPost to rest, relax, and spend more time with my family," Sekoff explains. "The idea of leaving a job to 'spend more time with your family' has become a standard punchline -- but in my case, it was actually true."
"Little did I know that as my always-revved inner motor slowly downshifted, my unconscious would intervene, repeatedly forcing me out of bed in the middle of the night, mind racing with ideas and recollections of stories I wanted to tell," he continues. "I soon realized that if I ever hoped to get a decent night's sleep again, I was going to have to get these stories out of my head and onto paper. 'Lacks Self-Control' is the result."