- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (February 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307718476
- ISBN-13: 978-0307718471
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation, and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour Paperback – February 8, 2011
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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
"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
"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
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Sprinkle in some fantastic original cocktail recipes from renowned bartenders paired with each chapter, and you've got a bonus reference for when you're entertaining thirsty guests or just want to mix things up when you're home alone and bored. Great for anyone who enjoys an adult beverage now and then, or for anyone who's looking to live vicariously through someone who knows how to do it well. And Dan Dunn does.
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.