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Outrageous...An absurd and highly entertaining comic romp. -- Booklist

About the Author

Allan Weisbecker is a novelist, screenwriter, award-winning photojournalist, and life-long surfer. He caught his first wave off Long Island, NY, in 1966, when he was 17 years old. Roaming the world in pursuit of waves during the heyday of the counterculture led to a career as a marijuana smuggler. He retired from that trade in 1980 and wrote Cosmic Banditos (Vintage), a gonzo rendering of his pot-pirate experiences.

From 1980 to 1995, Weisbecker was a screen writer for film and television programs including Miami Vice. During the 1990, he developed his career as a journalist and photographer, and his work now frequently appears in Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, Popular Photography, American Photo, Sailing, and all the major surfing publications. Weisbecker lives on Long Island.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451203062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451203069
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is currently my Favorite Book of All Time. It has everything--Tequila, Doggy Sneese Attacks, Nymphomaniacs and Albert Einstein (just to mention a few). It's laugh-out-loud funny, but is also deep and personally reflective at times. I think anyone who reads this book will have their Worldview shaken up. If you know someone who takes themself a little too seriously, this book could be therapy for them. It makes me wonder what my life would've been like if I had never bought this book. Maybe somewhere in another dinension I am wandering around without "Cosmic Banditos." That would be a shame.
I definitely recommend getting your hands on this book...... Good luck banditos.
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When a friend of mine approached me with an old book of his a few years ago named "Cosmic Banditos" all I could do was laugh. However, the last laugh was difinitely on me. Never had I read such a hilarious, nonsensical, and metaphysical book. If only more people had heard of "cosmic Banditos," I truly think it would have become a genuine cult classic. If you haven't read this tale of drugs, corruption, fate, and Mexican spoofs, now is the time to BUY
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I first read this book in 1986, when as a student, I acquired an advance copy of it, complete with typo's and spelling errors. Since then, Cosmic Bandito's has taken on the status of a Gutenberg Bible with me.
This tells a relatively straight forward story (hah, hah) of a Dope Smuggler's quest for cosmic philosophic enlightenment thru quantum mechanics, massive quantities of tequila, gratuitous use of high explosives, and a dog. Thus setting Weisbecker up to be my spiritual mentor.
Don't laugh, the author somehow makes it all work. Weisbecker managed to get me thru a philosophy degree, several physics classes and 10 years in the military with the power of his admittedly distorted vision.
To illustrate how this works, lets use the Uncertainty Principle, typically taught with the use of Schrodinger's Cat. Weisbecker uses the Bandito Uncertainty principle, with the Observer only being able to see the outside of the Bandito filled tavern, when energy is applied (in the form of Tequila, and Dope) you can see the results visibly as Banditos are launched thru the tavern windows, or out the tavern doors. If, however, the Observer was to enter the Tavern, he or she would immediately impede the progress of the experiment as they would be in the way of flying Banditos.
This may not be for everyone, but I can assure you that once you read this book, you will never ever forget it.
In closing, I must make note of how Weisbecker has pioneered the footnote into a whole new form of literary genre. His use of the Time Traveling Footnote (TTF) has guaranteed him a place in the hall of literary heroes.
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On a non-related Amazon search I stumbled across this book. I was compelled to read it due to the excellent reviews it had received. And after reading it, I am glad to report that Cosmic Banditos is one of the coolest books I have ever read. I am not one to normally laugh out loud when reading, but this book was the exception. I couldn't keep the chuckles in! The author manages to meld two completely non-related subjects of drug running and quantum mechanics into a seamless and captivating tale. This book is a must buy for people who enjoy out of the norm books, or those who just want a change from the more serious titles usually found on best seller lists. Heck this book should be a must buy for ANYBODY who likes to laugh, period!
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I was so pleased to see that this book was back in print I almost bought a new copy, even though I still have a (now rare and expensive) original on my bookshelf. Cosmic Banditos is perhaps the funniest book I've ever read, full of goofball action, drug running, and quantum physics.

Buy this, buy it now. You won't regret it!
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GREAT BOOK, READ IT YEARS AGO. I THINK I LENT IT TO JAMES WHO WAS ASKING WHERE I WAS! THE ONLY WAY THAT I WOULD EVER HAVE GOT MY THICK HEAD AROUND QUANTUM THEORY!
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I have know Alan Weisbecker for a couple of years now. He writing credits include scripts for Miami Vice, Crime Story, and STAT. He is also an award winning photographer whose articals and pictures have appeared in magazines such as American Photo, Popular Photography, Surfers Journal, and The BWI Inflight Magazine. It wasn't untill the summer of 1996 when learned about Cosmic Banditos. After many attempts, I finally accuired a copy from Alan to borrow. Needless to say, I still havent retured it. I have read it about twenty times, and seven of my freinds have read it. It is the most outrageous, insane, laugh out loud, hilariously funny book you will ever read.
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My daughter and I were sitting on our dock reading our respective books, mine was Cosmic Bandito's. After asking me to keep quiet several times she finally put her book down with the complaint that she couldn't read with my continuous laughing, it is that funny.
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