Huffington Post Founding Editor Roy Sekoff Releases Hilarious Literary Debut
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, June 2018].
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.”