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Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes Paperback – December 1, 2001
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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.
"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.
"Razor Fight." That's exactly what the story is about. The dialogue is thrillingly terse.
"You're Too Hip, Baby." When even the alienated find you too alienating.
"Twirlin' at Ole Miss." One of the most famous examples of Gonzo journalism. Hardcore New Yorker (actually, Southern was a Texan) heads south to research the subculture of baton twirling and finds, hilariously, that stereotypes of "The South" are all true!
"Blood of a Wig." One of the most notorious American short stories ever written. Back in the day, a college acquaintance told me what this story was about. I didn't believe him. Turns out he was right. Title refers to a very clandestine type of drug abuse -- injecting yourself with the blood of a schizophrenic. And that's just the beginning.
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if you were around in the 60's, 70's and high on the times, lost your copy and need to laugh again, here ya go.Published 7 months ago by JAMAS VONROCKMANN
I was not a reader of Terry Southern but ordered this book because 1) I am a journalist and 2) Southern is the biggest thing to have come out of the small town of Alvarado, Texas... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Christopher Amos
Excellent. Twirling at ole Miss is as subtle a windless day. For students of the time, this a must read.Published on September 2, 2013 by erasmus
I read this many years ago when it came out. "Mind blowing" I think I would have said at the time. It is hard for me to tell whether the drug culture has become less (ir? Read morePublished on April 16, 2008 by Thomas J. Green