Praise for NOW DIG THIS:
"A fantabulous ride."--LA Weekly
"as this collection ... proves, he was still turning out good stuff right up until the bitter-sweet end. "--Financial Times
"[Now Dig This] reveals a writer defined by his generosity, by the pursuit of fun and by an insatiable hunger...this is porous writing...
--The New York Times
Existential, quintessential Terry, disgraceful and delightful.
"Terry Southern was the class clown of the quality-hip scene, larger, weirder, and a lot funnier than life." --Jules Feiffer
A tidy collection... --Kirkus
"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. It is, in short, the "next book" Southern fans have been waiting for all these years."--Time.com
Acclaimed novelist, Beat godfather, prolific screenwriter, and one of the founders of New Journalism, as well as the only guy to wear shades on the Sgt. Peters album cover, Terry Southern was an audacious, outrageous American original. NOW DIG THIS, the first Southern anthology since Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes emerged over 30 years ago, is a wild, uncensored, and hugely entertaining collection that spans the gamut of his stellar career.
From an interview with Henry Green during the salad days of The Paris Review, to his account of life neck-high in girls and cocaine aboard the Rolling Stones tour jet, Now Dig This is a journey through Terry Southerns America, spanning the 1940s Texas, the buttoned-down 1950s through the sexual revolution, the cinema revolution, the ex-pat scene, drugs, rock'n'roll, and the rise and fall of Quality Lit-ville.
Gathered from Southerns archives are interviews, early short stories, accounts of his experiences as the Rolling Stones' court reporter, his hilarious unpublished expose on the Cuban invasion, outrageous short narratives such as the keystone-cops satire on capital punishment; "Wormball Man", as well as intimate, at times scandalous portraits of William Burroughs, Abbie Hoffman, Staley Kubrick, Maurice Girodias, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Alex Trocci, and the early Stones of Swinging London. Also included is what the New York Observer described as the coldest story ever written, and Southern's Esquire article about the 1968 National Democratic Convention, where he was a pivotal figure in the riots and a key witness in the Conspriacy Trial of the Chicago Seven.
Terrys literary body of work embodies some of the most extreme--and extremely funny writing in contemporary American letters. NOW DIG THIS is a vivid testament from an American literary lion, and a hilarious, engrossing, and enlightening statement on life in America today.
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About the Editors:
Nile Southern is a writer and filmmaker living in Boulder, Colorado. He is the Executor of The Terry Southern Estate, and is also the Archivist for the Literary Papers of Terry Southern.
Texas based blues guitarist Josh Alan Friedman is the author ot Tales of Times Square and Warts and All. His most recent CD is Blacks 'n' Jews.