May — July, 2024


Why Terry Southern Was
“the Most Useful Writer” in America

The satirist, Nation critic, "Dr. Strangelove" co-writer, and “eggheaded prankster” was born exactly 100 years ago, and his work remains as relevant as ever.


Read more in THE NATION,
May 1, 2024 edition


( Terry saluting Lenny Bruce (who had injured his ankles )

The Genius of Terry Southern

David Byid L. Ulin, The Paris Review, March 18, 2019

Terry Southern hit me like a drug. He wasn’t the first—before him, there was Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Brautigan, Joseph Heller—but he was certainly the weirdest, or maybe just the most intent on subverting the dominant narrative. He seemed to want to take the piss out of everything, writing novels that were fiercely and deliriously ironic, disdainful of material obsessions and the hypocrisies of the bourgeoisie.


New edition of CANDY, Summer 2018
with an introduction by B.J. Novak

"I’ve been fixated on Mason Hoffenberg and Terry Southern’s Candy since I first came across it in college. I’ve read it out loud many times to try to capture and understand its rhythm; I’ve given many copies to friends. And yet, what is it? And—even more intriguingly, and more on this in a second — why is it?"

March 29, 2018: A previously unpublished selection from
The Magic Christian...

Get your tickets now, to see the movie "Dr. Strangelove"
(in Thessaloniki, Greece)
— Screenplay by Terry Southern, Stanley Kubrick, and Peter George —

And speaking of which:
BBC names "Dr. Strangelove" second best comedy of all time:

A new edition of CANDY, by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, will be released by Grove Press in mid-2018.

One of the great underground classics of its era, CANDY also enjoys the honor of being one of the most pirated books ever published.

Learn more about the book, its authors, and its astonishing history at:


News flash: High-ranking Trump administratioin officials deny contact
or conversation with ambassador of hostile foreign power ...


A message from Canada:

Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017 ...

Ordering information for Special Edition...

A screening of the film, based on the novel...

Is this "Magic Christian" month? Maybe... trailer for the 1969 film:

Perhaps you are not stranded on a desert island.
Nevertheless, it's always wise to prepare.

July 18, 2016

Here is part 5 of a series about the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago,
which ran in
The Paris Review...

Read Terry's "Grooving in Chi" here ...

The Criterion Collection, an assemblage of greatest movies ever,
has added the article below to its website...

More about this movie, at The Criterion Collection's website ...

The Terry Southern Literary Trust and
The Terry Southern Official Website extend congratulations to:


Many thanks to Christy Rodgers for this article ...


Terry Southern's letters available, from ANTIBOOKCLUB:

"The greatest novelist-screenwriter ever to come out of Alvarado — and that's wildly underselling the
accomplishments of someone responsible for Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, and Candy — turns out to have been a funny
and prolific writer of letters to the likes of
Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, and at least two Beatles." – Texas Monthly


order from ...

or save by ordering from ANTIBOOKCLUB

Nile Southern, interview:
KGNU radio, Dec. 3, 2015:

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Kirkus Reviews
October 29, 2015 — review

Fall 2015:

Frank Rich, writing in New York magazine, shines a literary light on
billionaries, Terry Southern, and

The Magic Christian

in a feature article,

"The Importance of Donald Trump"

Check out the extended excerpt
from the novel...

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Could it be time for a re-make of
the FILM version of

The Magic Christian ?

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A touch of nostalgia:
The Washington Post asks: Who invented "Reality TV"?

Learn what they discovered....


"April is the cruelest month" ? Not so fast ! thanks Open Road Media for its special offers in April for Candy and Red-Dirt Marijuana, as part of their
“Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll” campaign — in association with their celebration.
Ebook editions of other Terry Southern works
are available through Open Road Media

May 1 is the birthday of Terry Southern — who would be 91 years young today.
As always on days dedicated to the life and art of TS (or, any and every day), we recommend again:


Many thanks to Michael Simmons for sending in a review of Dr. David Tully's scholarly
study of TS that first ran in High Times, Terry Southern and the American Grotesque

Simmons is a Los Angeles-based writer and regular contributor to MOJO,
High Times,
and The Huffington Post, among other publications. His band in New York City in the 1970s, Slewfoot, is considered the progenitor of the musical genre, "country punk."

from The Paris Review daily blog, March 3, 2015:

"The Terry Southern Prize is a $5,000 award honoring “humor, wit, and sprezzatura” in work from either The Paris Review or the Daily.

Perhaps best known as the screenwriter behind Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider,
Terry Southern was also a satirical novelist,
a pioneering New Journalist, and a driving force behind the early Paris Review.

This year’s prize will be presented by
Donald Antrim to Mark Leyner for
'Gone with the Mind,' a story from our new Spring issue."

Previous winners:

Ben Lerner: "Specimen Days" and "False Spring", 2013
J.D. Daniels: "Letters from Kentucky", Winter, 2012
Adam Wilson:"What's Important is Feeling", 2011


released in a new edition !

With a new preface by author Nile Southern acknowledging CANDY's 50th anniversary this year, and featuring an extensive reminiscence from artist Richard Prince (a great fan of the novel), The CANDY Men has been reprinted by Skyhorse Publishers—and is also available as an audiobook.

Winner of Colorado's 'Book of the Year' for Creative Non-Fiction, 2005,
The CANDY Men tells the story of the writing, suppression (in France and America), and the peculiar phenomenon of the book's great success in America: a runaway bestseller in 1964, banned in cities across America, defended by libraries and librarians across the country, and (because of a copyright technicality) massively pirated, such that Candy was one of the most widely available, controversial and highly publicized novels in America. This phenomenon, as well as the success of Dr. Strangelove the same year, prompted Victor Bockris to declare that in the mid-'60s, "Terry Southern was the most famous writer in America."

More about The CANDY Men below ...

New in The Paris Review: LETTERS between Terry Southern and George Plimpton. The previously unpublished correspondence shed fascinating light on Southern's 1958 interview with Henry Green—the novelist Tonybee once described as a "terrorist of language", and the man who became Southern's mentor.

The hilarious exchange stands as a prime example of Southern with his 'Quality-Lit Game' on steroids—for as much as Terry disparaged the obvious rigging of the industry, he played it to a proverbial 'T'; having (quite independently from The Paris Review) sought out this inspiring novelist (Green) who had taken the novel form by storm and rewritten its rules with each outing.

Terry's letters are currently being prepared for publication with ANTIBOOKCLUB for 2015.

Care to check out a few in advance?
Check out the Fall 2014 edition of The Paris Review!

In Issue No. 22 of The Paris Review, Terry interviewed British novelist Henry Green.



Terry Southern's first novel, Flash and Filigree, has been released in audio format
by and is available for downloading:

The website noted the 40th anniversary of this novel's publication date a few years ago:

2008 marks the 40th anniversary of Terry's first novel,
Flash and Filigree
, first published in London by
Andre Deutsch in 1958.

Among the book's earliest fans was the English novelist Henry Green, who awarded it 'Book of the Year' for the London Observer.

Below are a selection of different printings, including the Grove Press edition currently in print and available through The Grand Guy Shoppe.

"A coolly mad book in dancing prose, Flash and Filigree is startlingly original."

— Detroit Sunday Times

When the founders of The Paris Review were planning their new publication, Terry submitted a short story from this novel-in-progress
entitled "The Accident". The Review's founding editors, who had considered including criticism and essays, changed their minds
after reading Terry's submission, and chose to make The Paris Review a jounal of fiction and poetry only.

And the rest, as someone, somewhere once said, is history ...

The book is available at The Guy Grand Shoppe in paperback and Kindle editions.


May 1st, 2014 would be Terry Southern's 90th Birthday.

Who knows what he would make of the circus we find ourselves in these days—and what projects he'd be launching?

We invite you to think, read, do, or say something subversive this day, this week — in honor of the Grand Guy, Terry Southern.

Southernistas around the world will be celebrating. Join in the merriment:

Write something

Tip of the Hat!


"Terry Southern is the most profoundly witty writer of our generation..."
— Gore Vidal

"If there were a Mount Rushmore of American satire, Terry Southern
would be the mountain they’d carve it from."

— Michael O’Donoghue

"Terry Southern's fiction, in short form or long, is a national treasure."
— Bruce Jay Friedman

A Facebook Page:
Terry Southern, Author


Other news from the Southern Hemisphere
this May Day:

2014 is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Publication of Candy,
by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg

Nile Southern's non-fiction award-winner,
The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel, Candy
is being released as an audiobook.
Details ...

2014 is the 5Oth anniversary of the film,
"Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,"

screenplay by Terry Southen, Stanley Kubrick and Peter George.

Many publications, including those of of the "Quality-Lit." variety, have included feature articles on the making and
ongoing relevance of this movie, which the American Film Institute named one of the 10 best American films,
and one of the top 3 comedies of all time.


Director William Friedkin and others on 'Dr. Strangelove' ... (video)


Digital Journal:
Op-Ed: 'Dr. Strangelove' – Still hilarious and potent after 50 years


Dangerous Minds:
Dr. Strangelove’ as ‘a Cold Blade of Scorn Against the Spectator’s Throat’

The New York Review of Books:
Happy Birthday, Dr.Strangelove!

The Los Angeles Times:Throwback Thursday:
'Dr. Strangelove' released 50 years ago this week

A Facebook Page:
Terry Southern, Author


Congratulations to Ben Lerner and Emma Cline,
who received honors from The Paris Review this week:



Gail Gerber, professional dancer, actress, and Terry Southern's companion of many years,
died Saturday, March 1.

Her autobiography, Trippin' with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember, received the
Independent Publisher Silver Medal Book Award for Memoir/Autobiography

Variety magazine notice ...

Cinemaretro notice ...



November 22, 1963 — Classic outrageous fantasy (or truth?!?)
about President Lyndon Baines Johnson...?

Earlier this year, Smoke Signals, in conjunction with the Terry Southern Literary Trust, reprinted Terry's story,
“The Blood of a Wig.” — which can be found in Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes.

"MY MOST OUTLANDISH DRUG experience, now that I think about it, didn’t occur with beat Village or Harlem weirdos, but during a brief run with the ten-to-four Mad Ave crowd."

The quintessential drug tale, inspired by a conversation Southern had with Realist editor Paul Krassner about the "parts left out of the Manchester book," includes the now classic outrageous fantasy of Lyndon Johnson having "intercourse" with JFK's neck wound — aboard Air Force One. The story first appeared in 1967 in Evergreen Review (R.I.P. Barney Rosset).

AND ...

A video discussion about Ter's early magazine writing for Esquire and The Realist,
with reference to "The Blood of a Wig:"



End of the Road is on the road again, this time at the Dallas landmark, The Texas Theatre.
Nile Southern will be there to introduce the 1970 underground classic.

Scroll down to read more about the film Terry Southern co-wrote and co-produced.

J.D. Daniels Named Recipient of Third Annual
Terry Southern Prize for Humor by the Paris Review
at the publication's annual Revel
— congratulations! —


A collection of outrageous Terry Southern writings in one very limited edition volume...,

Hot Heart of Boar & Other Tastes

Limited edition features rare and unpublished works, including a selection from Terry Southern's The Hunters of Karinhall — "a bloody brilliant uproduced screenplay", according to the publisher's website. A letter to William Burroughs, “K.Y. Madness,” and other little-known writings. Introductory commentary by Nile Southern, and with ultra-fab illustrations and collage by Norman Conquest.

"In short, it’s is a full-boar feast for famished fans of black humor."

Check with Black Scat Books for availability

Two films highlighting the career of actor Stacy Keatch,
including End of the Road, will be shown at Lincoln Center on March 19: details here ...

Based on a novel by John Barthes, the film was directed by Aram Avakian;
Terry Southern co-wrote and co-produced the 1970 underground classic.
Also stars James Earl Jones and Harris Yulin.


Open Road Integrated Media announced this week the publication of an ebook edition of
Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern, 1950-1995......

Open Road has published six novels and anthologies of Terry's work in recent months."Terry Southern (1924–1995) was an American satirist, author, journalist, screenwriter,
and educator and is considered one of the great literary minds of the second half of the twentieth century.

"Kirkus Reviews on Now Dig This, April 2001— ELECTION 2012 —


"The Magic Mormon":
In his Huffington Post article this week, Ariel Gonzales, English professor at Miami Dade College, reminds us:

"On November 6, every voter should recite the epigraph from
The Magic Christian, which Southern borrowed from the Texas Rangers:
"Little man whip a big man every time if the little man's in the right and keeps a'comin'."

Do you need a copy? Maybe two? Perhaps 100? Visit the Guy Grand Shoppe, below ...

September 18, 2012 – Indiewire magazine features an in-depth article on
the re-release of END OF THE ROAD, cult film that helped define independent filmmaking.

- AND -


Long lost film END OF THE ROAD hits stands September 19th

Read Nile Southern's essay on EOR in Cineaste

"One of the great ‘lost films’ of the late ‘60s, the audacious, highly crafted End of the Road, has haunted generations of audiences—especially film buffs—not only on account of its virtual disappearance—but because it captured on film, with cool detachment, the tumultuous zeitgeist of its times. The film also marks a big screen ‘first’ for cinematic super-talents: James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Harris Yulin and the film’s Director of Photography: Gordon Willis." — Nile Southen

From the film’s opening frame, the sound-editing, music selection and a hauntingly original score by Teo Macero, combine to form a tour-de-force of exquisitely paced and interwoven textures....

End of the Road now joins a prestigious group of formerly ‘X’- rated films, including Midnight Cowboy (1969), and
A Clockwork Orange (1971). These powerful, disturbing visions of society’s outcasts, much-maligned at the time of their release, have been cleansed of the stigma of ‘porn’—with the MPAA certifying them as ‘R’.

Press release from Warner Bros., August 14, 2012

Co-written and co-produced by Terry Southern

mid-September 2012 issue, includes feature article on the
publication of a new German-language edition of



Gore Vidal, 1925–2012
August 1, 2012 | by The Paris Review

"Terry Southern is the most profoundly witty writer of our generation and in
The Magic Christian
he surpasses Flaubert's Bouvard et Pécuchet, a work similarly
inspired by conventional wisdom's serene idiocy." — Gore Vidal

And, speaking of The Magic Christian ...

Six Funny American Novels (and Harpo Speaks!)
Jay Ruttenberg

"At the end of the day, I suppose Terry Southern's masterpieces are Flash and Filigree and the Dr. Strangelove screenplay.
But there is no book that makes me laugh like The Magic Christian..."

(Some Southernistas might beg to differ, but we're a peaceful lot ... )

Smoke Signals, in conjunction with the Terry Southern Literary Trust, has reprinted Terry's classic story,
“The Blood of a Wig.” The quintessential drug tale, inspired by a conversation Southern had with Realist editor
Paul Krassner about the "parts left out of the Manchester book," includes the now classic outrageous fantasy of Lyndon Johnson having "intercourse" with JFK's neck wound—aboard Air Force One. The story first appeared in 1967 in Evergreen Review (R.I.P. Barney Rosset).

The e-book edition of Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes, and other works by Terry Southern, are available
at Open Road Integrated Media.

"The Art of Screenwriting", by Terry Southern (excerpt)

The Paris Review prepares to celebrate its 200th edition
— with the Fall 2012 issue ...


Details ...



Terry's story, "You're Too Hip, Baby" was recently selected for inclusion in
the U.K.'s National Short Story Day website.

An update from Open Road Integrated Media, publisher of ebooks by Terry Southern:

Flash and Filigree — Southern's satirical dream-logic journey through the dark heart of 1950s Los Angeles — is now part of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. The Kindle Owners' Lending Library gives Amazon Prime Members access to select books to borrow and read for free as frequently as once per month. Learn more about the program by visiting Amazon and
their offer about Flash and Filligree.

A satirical dream-logic journey through the dark heart of 1950s Los Angeles:

Southern’s first novel, Flash and Filigree, was turned down by seventeen timorous American publishers. It was Southern’s mentor, the “genius” English novelist Henry Green, who brought the book to the attention of a leading British publishing house, which released it to high praise. A fast-paced dark comedy, Flash and Filigree established Terry Southern as one of the finest American prose stylists to emerge in Paris after the War.

Dr. Frederick Eichner, world-renowned dermatologist, is visited by the entrancingly irritating Felix Treevly who comes to him as a patient and stays as an obsession. Prosaic incidents blossom into bizarre developments with the sharpened reality of dreams as the spectral Mr. Treevly leads the doctor into a series of increasingly weird situations. With the assistance of a drunken private detective, a mad judge, a car crash, a game show called “What’s My Disease,” and a hashish party, Treevly drives Eichner to madness and mayhem. It is through comedy and a strange blend of violence and poetic delicacy that the novel charms.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Terry Southern including rare photos and never-before-seen
documents from the author’s estate.

“Mr. Southern has given us a dazzling performance. This is the book of the year.” — Henry Green, The Observer

“A technical masterpiece . . . both maddeningly elliptical and startlingly explicit.” — The Times

“Flash and Filigree is a very mysterious creation. Black humor? More than that, much more ...
Terry Southern knows how to write!” — William Burroughs


"Who made Comedian Andy Borowitz's list of
'50' funniest writers?"

KQED Radio in San Franciso tallks with Andy Borowitz, author of

"The 50 Funniest American Writers:
An Anthology of Humor From Mark Twain to The Onion"

and blogger of The Borowitz Report

Borowitz discusses great figures of American humor and satire (including TS)
with host Michael Krasny


Interviews with Nelson Algren and Henry Green
in The Paris Review ...

The Los Angeles Times recently covered the life and work of producer
John Calley – one of Terry's Hollywood friends and creative colleagues, who worked on
The Loved One and The Cincinnati Kid.

Buck Henry reminiscences ...

Below: John Calley (left) and Terry
(photo courtesy of Steve Schapiro)

Red-Dirt Marijuana And Other Tastes
Joins The Terry Southern Digital Collection at Open Road Media has selected CANDY as one of its Sunshine Deals:

the Kindle Edition is available until June 15 for only $1.99

Sunday, May 1, 2011: TERRY SOUTHERN DAY
The historic Texas Theater showed three
Terry Southern classics. Mayor's proclamation:

Robert Wilonsky's coverage ...


Elif Batuman is the winner of the Paris Review's first annual Terry Southern Prize for Humor.
The award was p
resented April 12 at the publication's annual Spring Revel in New York City.

What many have suspected is now confirmed: Vanity Fair, March 14, 2011 – Details ...

Dallas Morning News corroborates the theory: maybe every day is Terry Southern Day?

— Red-Dirt Collective an Innovative Transmedia Experiment at SxSW —


Announcements were made the weekend of March 13-14 at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas – which now showcases innovations in digital technologies.

Above: Jean Genet and Terry Southern, on assignment for Esquire to cover the
1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
(photo by Michael Cooper)


Recently published scholarly study of Terry’s Southern’s oeuvre available ...

Nearly a decade in the making, David Tully's American Grotesque lyrically examines Terry Southern’s literary output, from the well-known novels, stories and screenplays to lesser-known, unpublished/unproduced works, offering the first comprehensive examination of the career of this major American writer.

Nile Southern's Introduction is online ...



The Paris Review, in which Terry published some of his first work,
celebrates his literary legacy all month. Details ...


Independent Publisher's Awards site (category 27)

Order 'Trippin' from


Paul Krassner, editor of The Realist, interviewed Terry Southern in 1964;
back issues of The Realist are being archived at

New York Public Library exhibit features
Candide and Candy — don't miss it!

Rare manuscripts, new interpretations, pirated editions, and a fab interactive online version of Voltaire's 1759
satirical classic — that inspired the infamous Southern / Hoffenberg's classic — on display through April

Nile Southern's
Voltaire / Southern NYPL blog entry ...

NEW! Terry Southern re-vamped Grand Guy Shop
Books, Albums, MP3s and more!

Too close for comfort?

The U.S. Air Force produced documentary films in the early 1960s to dispel movie-induced fears
that a General commanding a SAC base might go "as mad as a bloody March hare" and
send a wing of B-52s to attack the Soviet Union ... a scenario developed by screenwriters
Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George.

"The Air Force versus Hollywood" is online at




French Quality-Lit crowd lights up over recently translated edition of:

Texas Marijuana

(Red-Dirt Marijuana, 1967).


The Terry Southern Summer Film Festival wrapped up on
Monday, July 13, with a screening of

films were shown at the Boulder Public Library

Lee Hill, biographer of Terry Southern, writes about END OF THE ROAD ...

Eight films, and strong turnouts for them all ... Details ...

New York magazine's notice ...

More on "Heavy Put-Away" — the story, and the film ...





The introduction to the Gallmeister edition of Red-Dirt Marijuana
('Texas Marijuana')
is online ...
(.PDF format, 337 kb)

An essay about Terry Southern by Christy Rodgers that appeared in
Dissident Voice has been featured on Arts and Letters Daily.


Paris in the '50s ... Beat writers flock to the City of Light ... Olympia Press publishes CANDY, by
Terry Southern
and Mason Hoffenberg ... and the novel becomes one of most controversial
(and most pirated) literary items in publishing history.

Issue 14 of the British countercultural arts magazine and website NUDE investigates the story of
in an extensive interview with Nile Southern, author of
The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY.

Visit the Official Site for
The Candy Men

Rare essay on Early Settlers' bizarre sexual practices — written by Cody McCallister — if indeed, that really was his name...

Also: The unproduced
Terry Southern oneact play, 
The Dawn of Cornhole
is now available
for on-line purchase

Click here for a tasty sample!
(.PDF format)

Students in Dr. Howard Good's journalism class at the State University of New York at New Paltz undertook a study this fall of Terry Southern's 1963 Esquire article, "Twirling at Ole Miss".

"Twirling", which was later anthologized in Southern's collection of short stories, essays, and interviews,
Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes
is one of the founding documents of what came to be
called "The New Journalism."


William Claxton, photographer of jazz musicians, writers, and other artists, died October 13 in Los Angeles.
Terry, who called Claxton "Grand Guy Clax", also referred to him as the "Poet of the Lens."

Among his memorable photos is Terry with dove, published in a
collection entitled "Images of Peace."



2008 marks the 40th anniversary of Terry's first novel, Flash and Filigree, first published in London by Andre Deutsch in 1958.

Among the book's earliest fans was the English novelist Henry Green, who awarded it 'Book of the Year' for the London Observer.

Below are a selection of different printings, including the Grove Press edition currently in print and available through The Grand Guy Shoppe.

"A coolly mad book in dancing prose, Flash and Filigree is startlingly original."

— Detroit Sunday Times

"In 1959, the novelist Terry Southern published "The Magic Christian," a darkly comic tale based on the premise that people will do anything for money. The choice of [Sarah] Palin proves that people will also do anything for political power — including rising early on a holiday weekend to make fools of themselves."

from "Republicans Rush In", by Richard Cohen, The Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2008


the 1964 anti-war classic is serving another tour of duty...

Strangelove Watch is an ongoing collection of articles, websites, commentaries, and assorted references to

"Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

(screenplay co-authored by Terry Southern)


The World Premiere of “Terry Southern’s Plums and Prunes” was held at Short Cuts Canada at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.


An eleven-foot painting of Terry Southern by Los Angeles artist Matt Aston, created in 2003 to celebrate the New York Public Library's acquisition of the official TS' literary archive, was featured on the cover the June issue LA arts magazine CitizenLA.

A set of UK postage stamps issued earlier this year features album covers by the Fab Four. This one includes many of the Liverpool Lads' favorite influences—including a certain Terry Southern, the one in the assemblage wearing sunglasses.

What happens when the co-author of Candy and Dr. Strangelove is hired by the director of Tom Jones to collaborate on the script of a motion picture “based on” a famous novel by Evelyn Waugh? What happens is The Loved One, the movie, now out in DVD from Warner Bros. Add to the mix Haskell Wexler, Christopher Isherwood, William Claxton, John Gielgud, Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Milton Berle and Roddy McDowell and you're in for a grand time, guaranteed!
On the set, 1965
"Mickey Spillane's literary status has never been fully defined in America. Hard core Quality-Lit. buffs, however, will recall how he smashed into international prominence, in 1947, by concluding his first novel, I, The Jury, in a manner which made Malaparte, Céline and other high priests of the roman noir look like a bunch of pansies..."

Terry Southern on Mickey Spillane: "I Am Mike Hammer." (Esquire, 1963).

(Mickey Spillane, writer of hard-hitting detective fiction, died July 17, 2006)


"Written By Terry Southern" — a presentation of films featuring some of Terry's greatest screenwriting, was held November 18-20, 2005 at The International House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Details...


Television coverage:

The American Film Institute cites a memorable line from 'Dr. Strangelove' (left) as one of the greatest movie lines.

An NBC special on 'Saturday Night Live' during the 1980s notes Terry's unique contributions to the show (right).

(Both clips Quicktime format, 1.2 MB)

The Candy Men by Nile Southern has been named a winner in the 2004 Colorado Book Awards.

The announcement was made by the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities on October 6, 2005 at the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In September, a presentation about the book was included in Colorado Authors—Live!, a showcase featuring award finalists, at the Denver Public Library's Central Branch.

For more details visit The Candy Men website...

The Outlaw Bible of American Literature—as seen in the New York Times

(with selections by dope-fiend writers including Jim Carroll, Henry Miller, Kathy Acker, William Burroughs, Lou Reed, Philip K. Dick, Nelson Algren, Ken Kesey, Terry Southern, Timothy Leary, Paul Krassner, Carlos Castenada, and numerous other literary hell-raisers)

Terry Southern —
"The hippest guy on the planet"

The New York Times

The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY
— by Nile Southern; published May 2004

"The adventures of ''Candy'' have been related before, but never as fully and sympathetically as here, with letters, contracts, legal minutiae, multifaceted biography and, now and then, a wistful personal detail, all conspiring to take the story forward..."

The New York Times ...

" 'The Candy Men' offers the pleasure of a generous selection of Southern and Hoffenberg's correspondence. We are in the realm of the hipster here, in the company of men who push a joke as far as it can go for the sheer pleasure of seeing what they can get away with. "

Publishers Weekly
Non-Fiction: Editor's Pick for May!
The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY:

"In the spirit of VH1's 'Behind the Music' comes this revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making, breaking, remaking, pirating, filming and legal wrangling of the '60s cult phenomenon Candy. ... thanks to [...] a slew of publishing pirates, it leapt to bestsellerdom and was eventually crowned 'the world's most talked about book'."

Order a copy from THE GRAND GUY SHOP

Visit the home page for
and learn about the book, the movie, the whole story...

Events, reviews, discussions, weblogs,
and more

New York Public Library
panel discussion:
"When Candy Was Banned"
November 9, 2004

Some articles about Terry Southern, his works, and his legacy...
Recent books by and about TS:

Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings
of Terry Southern, 1950-1995
edited by Nile Southern and Josh Alan Freidman

A Grand Guy:
The Art and Life of Terry Southern
by Lee Hill

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Esquire, October 2003,
70th anniversary edition honors:
William Burroughs, Terry Southern,
and Jean Genet dispatched to the
1968 Democratic Convention

"Grooving in Chi" is included in the 2001 anthology,

* * *

Der Super-Porno
(Blue Movie, 1970), has been published in German! Get info on other international editions!

Preversions in high places! Writers, artists, activists, pranksters, and a menagerie of preverts of all kinds are putting the Southern point of view into action!

New satirical sites and commentaries each month!

April 1, 2003
The New York Public Library acquires the
Terry Southern literary archive
Read the library's article here...

"The power of Southern’s satirical prose made him the only wordsmith of the ’60s who could have won a word fight with Lenny Bruce..."

"The Mystery of Terry Southern," Gadfly

by Victor Bockris


"Lost" film treasure rediscovered! Written, co-produced by Terry Southern. Read about the history of this underground classic from 1970.

Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967)

New edition recently
re-issued in the UK by Kensington!

You've come to the right place to learn about Terry's books and films!


Ordering info

by Robert Wilonsky:

A Grand Guy: How Steven Soderbergh Kept the Terry Southern Tale From Turning Tragic


"Southern Discomfort" — Writer Terry Southern helped shape a generation. Now his son is fighting for his legacy.

A gift from director Steven Soderbergh helped make the New York Public Library's acquisition of the TS Literary Archive possible.

Visit Soderbergh's website to learn about this academy-award winning artist and his work...



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Click here to read "Rolling Over Our Nerve Endings," Terry's 1964
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