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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307718476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307718471
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of Playboy.com’s “Imbiber” column is proud of his vocation, reminding us repeatedly that he drinks for a living. As we noted in our review of Nobody Likes a Quitter (2007), though Dunn also enjoys comparing himself to his late mentor, Hunter S. Thompson, he’s like Thompson without the political awareness, righteous indignation, and satirical genius: in short, he’s a guy who’s good at partying. But, given this book’s title, he’s not really promising anything else. He is a good storyteller, lacing his often tongue-in-cheek advice about the boozing life with outré anecdotes and even somewhat sober introspection. And his advice about drinking is refreshingly unpretentious, which makes the 15 cocktail recipes from prominent mixologists seem somewhat misplaced. Though they may taste delightful, few of them will be accomplished by mere mortals without a scavenger hunt at high-end liquor stores. This sometimes slapdash compendium (much of it taken from his columns) has its moments but will be most avidly consumed by those who share the author’s own awe at his job: Dude, you drink for a living? --Keir Graff

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"Dunn's style, like his subject matter, is prototypical Playboy; brash, funny, unapologetically masculine, sex-obsessed, packed with wordplay and self-referential asides... the sentences pop off the page." --The Atlantic

"Living Loaded isn't just a biographical account of (Dunn's) debaucherous adventures with a heavy focus on drinking, but also a how-to book." --LA Weekly

"Buy up this memoir (featuring tales of hanging out with adult film stars and global drinking)... to honor a guy known as 'the imbiber,' but only because he was too old to go with 'I'm-Bieber.'" --Thrillist

"This outrageous and hilarious recount of Dunn's life encompasses lessons learned from a lifetime of observing drinking cultures... a magnified view of how a seemingly dream profession might have its torturous pitfalls." --BroBible.com

'Lots of new books have been coming out lately by offbeat celebs with cult followings, like Living Loaded by Playboy columnist Dan Dunn... find out when a signing is happening, and go." --Cosmopolitan

Dunn's style, like his subject matter, is prototypical Playboy; brash, funny, unapologetically masculine, sex-obsessed, packed with wordplay and self-referential asides…. It was written to be a little informative and a lot of fun, and it succeeds on both counts. In an age when exercise and a low-fat diet has been conflated with virtue, it's refreshing to read about some good, old-fashioned, unabashedly drunken high-jinks
-The Atlantic

"Break out the highballs– Playboy.com’s boozer columnist, Dan “the Imbiber” Dunn, has written a second book worth perusing over a couple rounds." - LA Magazine

"You’ll find Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn’s new book, Living Loaded, to be a profound meditation on the finer points of... drinking." -- Thrillist

"Grab a drink, and make it a double.... Living Loaded takes up where his previosu book, Nobody Likes a Quitter (and other reasons to avoid rehab) left off - on a barstool in one of the planet's zillion drinking establishments. Dunn's mission is to experience the absolute hell out of them all, or get thrown out trying. He's even created a taxonomy of "barchetypes to help structure his often foul mouthed, always hilarious, and sometimes touching quest." - Tasting Panel Magazine.

"There was once a great tradition of smart, funny writers who told drinking stories: WC Fields, Kingsley Amis. They got replaced by self-pitying AA-memoirs. I'm so glad I got to read Dan Dunn's smart, funny, drinking stories book and not his next book, which will undoubtedly be a self-pitying AA memoir."
-Joel Stein, Time Magazine
 
"Living Loaded is a rip-roaring funny and sometimes sad bender of a book.  Living up to his reputation as his generation's best outlaw journalist, Dan Dunn flirts with doom and wins.  A flat-out carousing home-run."
 -Douglas Brinkley, NY Times Bestselling author of The Wilderness Warrior and The Reagan Diaries
  
"Dan Dunn is the only person I know whose life would fall apart if he
 stopped drinking. For the time being, he will remain a personal hero to most American men and the conductor of my vicarious life." 
- Rob McElhenney, creator and star, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

“Dan Dunn's writing is like kick-ass, balls to the wall rock n roll cranked to ear-bleed levels -- makes you feel great and really pisses off the neighbors.  I can drink to that!”
--Sammy Hagar, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Cabo Wabo Tequila Founder

"A cocktail of hilarious encounters and adventures. Dan should have &*#@ed me when he had the chance."
-- Savanna Samson, adult film superstar

"Dan Dunn’s time studying at the feet of the master and mentor Hunter S Thompson could best be described as 'one cheek on the bar stool and one foot on the floor.'  
His latest handbook 'Living Loaded,' celebrates his booze scribe lifestyle in liquorishous detail.  I love it !"  
- John Oates, of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates

"This tome hits you like a shot of Jäger on an empty stomach. Here is a man living life the way it ought to be lived."
- Mark Steines, host, Entertainment Tonight

"Dan Dunn lives a life most people fantasize about. True degeneracy with panache. This book is an essential primer for the joys of the drinking life."
- Jonathan Goldsmith, actor, The Most Interesting Man in the World
 
"Profoundly profane, profanely profound, LIVING LOADED will win your heart, seize your liver and probably steal your wallet. But you’ll forgive it, because Dan Dunn is the best – and almost certainly the worst – drinking companion you’ll ever have: Charming, hilarious and always, it seems, on the brink of a barfight."
-Steve Rushin, author, the Pint Man



More About the Author

For years, Dan Dunn penned the enormously popular "Imbiber" column for Playboy, and has been described, quite aptly, as the country's preeminent "rockstar booze writer." He is the host of "Dan Dunn's Happy Hour" on SiriusXM, a weekly radio program dedicated to the appreciation of adult beverages.

Dunn co-wrote (along with Rob McElhenney of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") the half-hour comedy pilot "Living Loaded," which is based on Dan's book "Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour" (Random House, 2011). The pilot, produced by FX for Fox, starred Donald Sutherland, Mike Vogel and Larry Wilmore of "The Daily Show." Dunn also published the book, "Nobody Likes a Quitter... and other reasons to avoid rehab" (Running Press, 2007).

A long-time journalist and raconteur, Dan's work has appeared in GQ, USA Today, Maxim, and the LA Times. He's appeared on Conan, the Adam Carolla Show, the Henry Rollins Show on IFC, and the Mark and Brian Show on KROQ. He is a regular guest on the Playboy Radio Morning Show on Sirius/XM satellite radio, and a former staff writer for the Emmy-nominated Talk Soup. For several years, he hosted an adult beverage-themed podcast for famed deejay Tom Leykis's New Normal Network, and his website, www.theimbiber.net, is a popular destination for adult beverage enthusiasts the world over.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shane54 on March 14, 2011
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This is a good read. Quick and easy. It's kinda like reading a long version of an "Always Sunny in Philly" script. If you want to read about a guy traveling all over and getting wasted while chasing tail, this book is for you.
It's probably along the lines of "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell".
I'll be passing the book along to my fellow drinking buddies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JACK on March 28, 2011
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I met Dan a few weeks ago in Philly at a book signing. Naturally I picked up the book, asked for a signature, and chatted for a couple of minutes, spewing out some shameless self promotion. This turned out to work in my favor more than I had anticipated. Dan seemed genuinely awesome, and this wonderful tome only solidifies that fact. The man, as the title suggests, "lives loaded". He's a professional boozer with a heart of gold (and a liver of steel). This book doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is... which is an incredibly hilarious (sometimes oddly heartfelt) journey of a man looking for love and purpose in all the wrong places. As another reviewer stated, it reads like an extended episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Considering that's the greatest show of all time, (and Dan and Rob are buddies), I'd very much agree with the comparison. In the way Tim Burton warps the world through his trademark visual lens, Dan's world is warped through a liquor lens. He travels the globe as a journalist for Playboy and experiences all the things we fantasize about. So if you're married, don't cheat on your wife, but rather, vicariously live through this book... There's also a few lessons to be learned here. Cheers, Dan. Can't wait for "Living Loaded II: Holy $#!@ I'm Still Alive?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on April 12, 2011
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This book is pure genius! It's a great stack of various drunken stories, great drink recipes at the beginning of each chapter, and little tidbits of advice on things everyone who drinks should probably know. Dan is funny, genuine and number 1 on my list of people I want to party with. I will have to purchase a bunch more copies of this book to hand out to people. Basically if you are a booze enthusiast or just someone who enjoys laughing out loud while reading.. this is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Schafer on May 27, 2011
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Drinking, parties, girls, and basically living the life every guy dreams of. This is a great book and includes some fantastic drink recipes at each chapter. Heard Dan Dunn on the Adam Carolla podcast and knew that I should buy this book. You should too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larken on May 18, 2011
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Anyone who has ever had a drink, served a drink, or loved someone who drinks should read this book. Literally made me laugh uncomfortably loud on an airplane (which made people nervous).
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