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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; New edition edition (11 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074753487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747534877
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Terry Southern's "Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes" is a superb collection of Southern's shorter work, containing what is, for my money, the essence of Terry Southern. The varied imagination of Southern is on full display here. "Red-Dirt Marijuana" and "Razor Fight" are classic depictions of life in Texas(these stories and one other here would later be worked into his novel "Texas Summer"). "Apartment to Exchange"(a favourite of yrs. truly) and "The Sun and the Still-Born Stars" explore the surrealistic side of Southern's imagination while his classic "the Road Out of Axotle" explores the artistic boundary where the real and the surreal meet and mix. "You Gotta Leave Your Mark" seems more in the vein of Farrell-like realism whereas the uncharacteristically understated (and underrated)stories "The Butcher" and "The Automatic Gate" employ a kind of hyper-realism bordering on magic realism. Terry Southern examines the perils of being hip in his stories "You're Too Hip, Baby"(an unspeakably great story and a favourite of mine) and "The Night the Bird Blew For Doctor Warner." "Put-Down" is a priceless depiction of bored, thrill-seeking students - perhaps also an ironic examination of the perils of being hip. In spite of his stated admiration for Hemingway, Southern seems to take a sly poke at the Hemingway mentality in "The Face of the Arena", deflating the whole 'macho' world of Spanish bullfighting(another underestimated story, in my opinion). Big T even proves himself to be a pioneer of the so-called New Journalism in his stories "Twirling at Ole Miss"(quintessential Southern) and the hilarious "I Am Mike Hammer"(a favourite of Mordecai Richler). William Burroughs seemed to think "Blood of a Wig" sums up modern (post-modern?) reality - I'd take the good doctor's word for it.Read more ›
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The Master of Black Humour rips apart twirlers, astronauts and many other icons of Americana in this brilliant collection of short pieces. A mixture of journalism and short stories, this book will be hard to put down. From the same mind that delivered the novels Candy and The Magic Christian and the screenplays for Doctor Strangelove, The Loved One and Easy Rider. This collection is a great starting point for tapping into the work of a master of satire and a monstro hipster.
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Red Dirt Marijuana is a collection of Terry Southern's short stories.

What's appealing about this are the snapshots of Beat and Hippie culture, which Southern captures within the adventures and colloquialisms of his writing. The stories themselves are variable (as with many collections of short stories) but largely speaking no more than reasonably good, some with quite neat twists. However there's the odd phrase here and there which really make this worth reading. He does crown it by the final story, The Blood Of A Wig, which is very good indeed.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Mar. 2015
By James H. Coburn IV - Published on Amazon.com
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great book. funny as hell!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the historical aspect and his hands-on handling of this ... 13 Jan. 2015
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I was not a reader of Terry Southern but ordered this book because 1) I am a journalist and 2) Southern is the biggest thing to have come out of the small town of Alvarado, Texas where I worked for four years and I was told some of the stories may have been inspired by his home town.
I enjoyed the historical aspect and his hands-on handling of this period. However, some of the stories were a struggle for me to get thought and when I did reach the end was not left with a “wow!” as some of the readers were but rather a “hum.” Possibly I was expecting more character building than I got.
I do not regret the read. I met his son when the film maker visited Alvarado to interview townsfolk for a documentary of his famous father. I would like to see the documentary when it comes out but the book is not on my reread list.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very dated 17 April 2008
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I read this many years ago when it came out. "Mind blowing" I think I would have said at the time. It is hard for me to tell whether the drug culture has become less (ir?) relevant, or if I have just gotten old and it seems far away and somehow sad. In any case the book is a collection of quirky pieces about drugs and wacky antics while on drugs. A must read for anyone interested in being reminded, in a somewhat unpleasant way, of what they were like in the 60's.
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Excellent. Twirling at ole Miss is as subtle a windless day. For students of the time, this a must read.
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