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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; 1st Citadel Underground ed edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806511672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806511672
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Southern (1924-1995) was an American author and screenwriter. His novels--including the bestselling cult classics Candy (1958) and The Magic Christian (1959)--established Southern as a literary and pop culture icon. He was also nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays of Dr. Strangelove (written with Stanley Kubrick and Peter George) and Easy Rider (written with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper). His other books include Flash and Filigree (1958), Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967), Blue Movie (1970), and Texas Summer (1991). In later years, he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at New York University and Columbia University.

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It's so hard to find stuff like this nowadays.
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This is the funniest and strangest book I have read in a long time!
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One of the most notorious American short stories ever written.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having read Candy and Blue Movie, I have wanted to read another Terry Southern book for ages. However, it has been almost impossible to obtain his other works. I came across this short-story collection at a store that sells used books and I couldn't resist giving it a whirl. Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes is full of Southern's signature dark humor and unconventional storylines. Southern has proven that he is a master storyteller with the disarming stories featured in this book. My favorites are "Twirling at Ole Miss," "The Moon-shot Scandal," "You're Too Hip, Baby," "Razor Fight," "I Am Mike Hammer," and "The Blood of a Wig." Those stories blew me away. "The Blood of a Wig" was the best one in the collection. This is the funniest and strangest book I have read in a long time! If you loved Southern's novels, you will love this collection of short stories. I cannot recommend Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1996
Format: Paperback
This collection of short stories, articles, and interviews
reveals a sharp, brazen, hip, and elegant mind at work.
Southern, best known for his screenplay for "Dr Strangelove,"
here dazzles and beguiles his audience. Southern's early stories,
including the insightful "You're Too Hip, Murray" and the
hilarious "The Road Out of Axotle," are examples of his
elegant writer's craft and artistry; and Esquire pieces such as the
renowned "Twirling at Ole Miss" (ostensibly about a baton-
twirling institute, but also about race relations, moonshine, and Faulkner),
established him as the first "journalist" to take an
idiosyncratic approach to article-writing. The book
is worth buying just for the last story, the famed "Blood of
a Wig," which is the greatest piece on illicit drug use ever written.
Even non-hipsters will dig it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sai Li on October 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Screw prose. Screw plot. This book is so damned funny! It reminds me of the war stories of Michael Herr or the drugged ut fantasies of Hunter Thompson. What about the woman who colors her hair blond, only to return home and have her husband mistake her for a mistress. What about the irreverent humor about Hoover trying some neck-crophilia on JFK's body. This is one of the most original collection of stories I've ever read. It's so hard to find stuff like this nowadays.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Geers on August 14, 2005
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For as much fun as Terry Southern's novels and screenplays represent, this may be his best work. The opening pair of "Red Dirt Marijuana" and "Razor Fight" are about as good as short stories get. Another reviewer referenced "A Clean Well Lighted Place"; I am put in mind of the clean precision of "Hills Like White Elephants." Southern's exploration of the sensibilities of the American South, race relations, friendship, and a weird sort of honor, carve the sort of channels in your consciousness that only the best writing can do.

"You're Too Hip, Baby" is more on race and a deflation of the concept of "hip" by one of its masters.

Although best known for his outrageousness, many of these stories display the sensitivity that was at the core of Southern's greatness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Anderson on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Terry Southern is probably one of the most creative, off-beat writers of our times. I read this book back in my college days in the early 70's and can't tell you how much this book of short stories changed my outlook on life. Having experienced the 60's as my formative teen years, I didn't think that there could be very much left to the imagination. Boy, was I wrong. Terry's stories sure opened my eyes to a broader world than was dreamed in my philosophy at the time and even now. You've heard of all the "favorites" such as Blood of a Wig, so I won't take up your time with that. But, if you liked any of his other works, be sure to not miss out on this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
Should be required reading in beginning English and journalism classes. Book is date sensitive. Readers can explore the historical context and content. A very funny contribution to journalism.
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