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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: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,415 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 read this book years ago, when it was one of those cult signals... you saw a copy in somebody's pocket and knew you were on the same wave. Like Robbins' "Another Roadside Attraction" or "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
A hilarious book, but also an intellectual exercise. And, of course, a strong advocacy for the benefits of huge overdoses of alcohol and dangerous drugs while doing things like blasting around in yachts, shooting up neighborhoods, and flying at treetop level in unsafe stolen planes. People given to those pursuits (along with smuggling evil contraband) should definitely read this book.
Hopefully you've realized by now that this is not a book that "reviews" help you understand or anticipate. Suffice it to say it's like nothing you've ever read and is written with a very rare, fine humor. And has dope and guns in it. And dogs. And sex. And sub-atomic particle behavior.
Don't be a chump... it's SO great this thing is back in print, buy it and read it. I mean it.
Do it.
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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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I met Allan a few times in the 1970’s when living in Montauk. I’ve known about his book and films for some time but only recently read Cosmic Banditos. Very glad I did as it’s an absolute fun read and in some circles could be called a “big time giggle” should you have the right attitude and qualifications. Didn’t realize he was so funny. If you identify with the Age of Aquarius, the Tribal Nation and have seen God and played basketball too pick up CB. You will learn about Sub Atomic Particles and the Meaning and Reality of life. Honest. Allan grabs your attention right away and keeps you captured through the entire book. The motivating plot which Allan artfully drops in about 1/3 way into the story is perfect. He sets the bait early in each chapter with new characters and adventures. Once you’re hooked he sets the bait again. With great humor reflecting on life experiences he weaves you through psychotic and episodic journeys that could be construed as a comedy of errors such as in “It’s a Mad, Mad Mad World” “Pink Panther” “Romancing the Stone” and others. I don’t want to say too much but the story teller is a dog loving criminal masquerading as a haphazard intellectual who with a select bunch of “do or die “mavericks including banditos he consistently dribbles, sometimes eloquently, analytical babble that Sub Atomic Particles have real meaning in life. He recognizes Mescal as a educational tool and enlightens his South American bandito compadre that quantum physics, life and Freud maybe all the same. His “Gonzo” buddy in crime believes him and starts his own sermons amongst other banditos. Funny. (Do you remember Eli Wallach as the bandito in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).Read more ›
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