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By Lee Hill

ISBN-10: 0380977869

ISBN-13: 9780380977864

"When they are now not stunned or astonished or engaged by means of what you assert, the ball online game is over. in the event that they locate it repulsive, or outlandish, or disgusting, that is o.k., or in the event that they like it, that is very well, but when they only shrug it off, it is time to retire."

-- Terry Southern

A Grand Guy

He used to be the hipster's hipster, the precise icon of cool. A small-town Texan who disdained his "good ol' boy" roots, he bopped with the Beats, hobnobbed with Sartre and Camus, and known as William Faulkner pal. He was once one in all the main artistic and unique gamers within the Paris Review caliber Lit video game, but his maximum literary good fortune used to be a semi pornographic pulp novel. for many years, the gang he ran with used to be composed of the main well-known inventive artists of the day. He wrote Dr. Strangelove with Stanley Kubrick, Easy Rider with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and labored on Saturday evening dwell with a more youthful, louder breed of sacred cow torpedoers. he is a face within the crowd at the conceal of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts membership Band (the man within the sunglasses). at any place the cultural motion was once, he was once there, the lifetime of each social gathering -- Paris within the '50s, London within the swinging '60s, Greenwich Village, and massive undesirable Hollywood. terrific, dynamic, irrepressible, he loved notable luck after which squandered it with nearly superhuman extra. there has been, and ever should be, just one Terry Southern.

In a biography as shiny and colourful because the lifestyles it celebrates, Lee Hill masterfully explores the low and high occasions of the original, incomparable Terry Southern, the most real abilities of this or the other age. Illuminating, exhilarating, and sobering, it truly is an intimate portrait of an unequaled satirist and satyrist whose urge for food for all times used to be huge, immense -- and whose target used to be yes and precise as he took photographs at consumerism, America's repressive political tradition, upper-class amorality, and middle-class banality.

But greater than easily the tale of 1 guy, here's a wide-screen, Technicolor view of a century within the throes of profound cultural swap -- frorn the 1st cold blasts of the chilly struggle and McCarthyism to the Vietnam period and the Reagan years; from Miles and Kerouac to the Beatles, the Stones, and past. And continually on the middle of the whirlwind used to be Terry Southern -- outrageous, unpredictable, captivating, erudite, and ceaselessly cool; a brazen innovator and unappreciated genius; and so much of all, A Grand Guy.

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They wore their personalities on their sleeves and projected a blend of confidence, irony, and insight that Southern aspired to. During his Army service, the daily influx of new influences along with the sensory overload of battle began to shape the avuncular Grand Guy persona that Southern would eventually present to the world in his novel The Magical Christian. Southern realized he had survived because of luck and chance. It could have been he who stood up in the foxhole and got killed. The war taught him about existentialism and the randomness of fate years before he was able to eavesdrop on Jean-Paul Sartre on the Left Bank.

On March 25, 1943, Southern showed up at the induction center in Dallas and enlisted in the Army. His mother gave him an inscribed Bible as a parting gift and good-luck charm. He commenced active service on April 1. Over the next two and a half years, he served in England and continental Europe with the 435th Quartermaster Platoon. Stationed in Reading, a town thirty minutes west of London, he received training as a demolitions technician. His war experiences shaped his repulsion by and fascination with individual and societal violence, but unlike many of his contemporaries, Southern remained frustratingly tight-lipped about the war.

A party girl is somebody who does it for fun, but a hooker is somebody who does it for money. I’m just talking about the distinction this way so we can limit it to this dichotomy. I’m a party girl. ” —Terry Southern in an exchange with Victor Bockris, Interview Contents Cover Epigraph Prologue: For Love, Art, and a Lot of Money 1 Youngblood 2 You’re Too Hip, Baby 3 Flash and Filigree 4 Candy Christian Meets Guy Grand 5 The Quality Lit Game 6 Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hollywood) 7 Making It Hot for Them 8 An Easy Rider at the End of the Road 9 From Green to Amber 10 Junky 11 Grossing Out 12 Various Cowriters 13 Hawkeye (Travels with Harry) 14 Texas Summer Sources Bibliography Searchable Terms Acknowledgments About the Author Copyright About the Publisher Prologue For Love, Art, and a Lot of Money This is where it all happens!

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