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Book Title: Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes|
The author of the book: Terry Southern
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The size of the: 4.94 MB
Date of issue: December 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780806511672
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A mixed bag some are good others not. I don’t regret reading it and enjoyed Plimpton’s introduction to his friend. A house guest who throws a party in your home while you’re out of town must be a friend.
It starts like this:
“My earliest experience with Terry Southern was a discomfiting one. A story of his called “The Accident”: (actually a part of his first novel, Flash and Filigree) was being prepared for publication in the initial number of The Paris Review. In those times 9the early Fifties) the U.S. Customs was even more rigid and conservative than the U.S. Mails. As anyone who came through Customs would remember, a copy of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer) or even Nabokov’s Lolita could subject the traveler to confiscation of the book and fines. In 1959 Customs in New York threatened to bond an entire shipment of The Paris Review for a single line in a story (by Alex Trocchi) which read. “Give me the spike quick or I’ll cut your fucking throat!”
The line in Southern’s story was far milder. A policeman says to an irate motorist, “Don’t get your shit hot.” After much discussion, the offending word was changed to “crap: and at the last (I cringe to write this) the word was taken out altogether so that the line became feeble, and rather unlikely: “Don’t get hot!”
Southern was properly incensed. He wrote a fifteen-page letter denouncing the magazine for its timidity and demanded that we publish it. It fell upon Peter Matthiessen, the literary editor of the magazine at the time, to try to reason with him. He pointed out that a fifteen-page letter would overbalance the contents of the next issue…it would take up about a quarter of the available pages. Southern was adamant.
Finally Matthiessen composed a short erratum which read as follow: “Terry Southern is most anxious that The Paris Review point out the absence of two words from his story ‘The Accident.’ The sentence ‘Don’t get hot’ should have read, ‘Don’t get your crap hot,’ an omission for which we apologize to all those concerned.”
Art Buchwald, who at that time was writing for the Paris Herald-Tribune, felt that it was the funniest erratum notice he ever hoped to come across. He wanted to write about it in his column, but he knew his editor would never allow that word crap to appear. It was a problem that bedeviled everyone then.”
— George Plimpton, January 8, 1990
Terry Southern (May 1, 1924 – October 29, 1995) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and university lecturer, noted for his distinctive satirical style. Part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village, Southern was also at the center of Swinging London in the 1960s and helped to change the style and substance of American films in the 1970s. He briefly wrote for Saturday Night Live in the 1980s.
Southern's dark and often absurdist style of satire helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of writers, readers, directors and film goers. He is credited by journalist Tom Wolfe as having invented New Journalism with the publication of "Twirling at Ole Miss" in Esquire in February 1963. Southern's reputation was established with the publication of his comic novels Candy and The Magic Christian and through his gift for writing memorable film dialogue as evident in Dr. Strangelove, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Magic Christian. His work on Easy Rider helped create the independent film movement of the 1970s.
• Flash and Filigree (1958)
• Candy (with Mason Hoffenberg) (1958)
• The Magic Christian (1959)
• Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967)
• Blue Movie (1970)
• Texas Summer (1992)
• Dr. Strangelove (with Stanley Kubrick and Peter George) (1964)
• The Loved One (with Christopher Isherwood) (1965)
• The Collector (with John Kohn and Stanley Mann; uncredited) (1965)
• The Cincinnati Kid (with Ring Lardner Jr.) (1966)
• Casino Royale (1967) (with John Law, Wolf Mankowitz and Michael Sayers; uncredited)
• Barbarella (with Roger Vadim, Claude Brule, Vittorio Bonicelli, Clement Biddle Wood, Brian Degas and Tudor Gates) (1968)
• Easy Rider (with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) (1969)
• The End of the Road (with Dennis McGuire and Aram Avakian) (1969)
• The Magic Christian (with Joseph McGrath) (1969)
• The Telephone (with Harry Nilsson) (1988)
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Read information about the authorTerry Southern was a highly influential American short story writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and university lecturer noted for his distinctive satirical style. He was part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village; he was at the center of Swinging London in the sixties and helped to change the style and substance of Hollywood films of the 1970s. In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at several universities in New York.
Southern's dark and often absurdist style of broad yet biting satire helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of intelligent writers, readers, directors and film goers. He is credited by journalist Tom Wolfe as having invented New Journalism with the publication of "Twirling at Ole Miss" in Esquire in 1962, and his gift for writing memorable film dialogue was evident in Dr. Strangelove, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid and Easy Rider. His work on Easy Rider helped create the independent film movement of the 1970s, in opposition to Hollywood film studios.
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