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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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