Now Dig This
The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern, 1950–1995An unforgettable chronicle of an era by one of America’s wildest—and most brilliant—comedic and literary minds Edited by Nile Southern and Josh Alan Friedman
Starting with his landing at the Battle of the Bulge, Terry Southern showed a knack for winding up in the world’s most interesting places. He spent the fifties on the Left Bank of Paris, the sixties in mod London, and the seventies touring with the Rolling Stones. When the Beatles rolled out their famous pantheon of movers and shakers for the cover of Sgt. Pepper, Terry was the only guy wearing shades. When police broke heads during the ’68 democratic convention in Chicago, Southern was there to bear witness. And when Stanley Kubrick needed someone to make Dr. Strangelove funny, there was only one man qualified for the job. As the golden age of rock ’n’ roll wound down, Southern never stopped writing, and his prose never lost its trademark intensity. Filthy, fierce, and relentlessly dazzling, these letters, essays, stories, and interviews are an electric testament to one of the keenest wits of the twentieth century. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Terry Southern including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
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- Open Road Integrated Media
“Now Dig This! reveals a writer defined by his generosity, by the pursuit of fun and by an insatiable hunger.” —The New York Times Book Review “A voice electric with street rhythm and royal with offhand intellection . . . a ragbag of journalism, correspondence, and oddities . . . stuffed with strange and silken scraps.” —Entertainment Weekly “The ballsy writer of all ballsy writers.” —Jonathan Ames “Offering an industrial-strength dose of Southern’s own special brand of high weirdness, Now Dig This! contains some of the most profound, and downright silliest, things the man ever came up with.” —Time
About the author
Terry Southern (1924–1995) was an American author and screenwriter. His novels—including the bestselling cult classics Candy (1958) and The Magic Christian (1959)—established Southern as a literary and pop culture icon. He was also nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays of Dr. Strangelove (written with Stanley Kubrick and Peter George) and Easy Rider (written with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper). His other books include Flash and Filigree (1958), Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967), Blue Movie (1970), and Texas Summer (1991). In later years, he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at New York University and Columbia University.