– July 2014:
1st, 2014 would be Terry Southern's
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
around the world will be celebrating. Join in the merriment:
of the Hat!
Southern is the most profoundly witty writer of our generation..."
— Gore Vidal
there were a Mount Rushmore of American satire, Terry Southern
would be the mountain they’d carve it from."
Southern's fiction, in short form or long, is a national treasure."
— Bruce Jay Friedman
Terry Southern, Author
news from the Southern Hemisphere
this May Day:
is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Publication of Candy,
by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg
Southern's non-fiction award-winner,
The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious
is being released as an audiobook.
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.
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.
William Friedkin and others on 'Dr. Strangelove' ... (video)
'Dr. Strangelove' – Still hilarious and potent after 50
Strangelove’ as ‘a Cold Blade of Scorn Against the
Up and Scream’ Recreates ‘Dr. Strangelove for the
New York Review of Books:
‘Dr. Strangelove’ Turns 50: Vast Nuclear Dangers Remain
Los Angeles Times:Throwback
Strangelove' released 50 years ago this week
Peter "Bush-Master" Matheissen
Peter Mathiessen was
a 'grand guy' in the true sense—and one of the key people
responsible for Terry's early success; or it was Peter who curated
Terry's early stories for publication in the Paris Review
(including "The Accident"—the first short story
to appear in the magazine, and "The Sun and the Still-Born
Stars"—a story that bewitched Peter). Terry used to
jokingly address his letters to: Peter "Bush-Master"
MatheissenAprilmaking fun of Peter's adventures around the world,
and his ecological mission.
Peter was also very
supportive of my CANDY
Men book—part of which chronicled
Peter's early days at the Paris Review. Prior to publication,
he wrote the publishers, Dick and Jeannette Seaver, to help tell
the tale of Terry's appearance in the magazine... Mathiessen's
prose (and speech) was always so conversational yet pointed, poignant
yet on the verge of laughter.
Here's what he
"Doc Humes had
asked me to round up some fiction of the Paris News Post,
and the first story I got was T's "The Sun and the Still-Born
Stars." However, I had no interest in such a magazine and
very much disliked seeing such fine and exciting new fiction in
that Cue magazine-type format. I persuaded Doc that we
should quickly abandon the Paris News Post (where he
was on the point of ouster anyway) and start a new literary mag
in which we would reprint Terry's story in a more auspicious ambience,
which in fact we did [ though the first story PR published was
an excerpt from Terry's novel-in-progress at the time; Flash
and Filigree). This was the reason—there
were others, of course—that one might fairly say that Terry
was an important factor in the founding of The Paris Review
(even before I invited George P. from Cambridge to Paris).
extreme risk of self-promotion, unbecoming of a Zen student, it
might also be fair to say that as fiction editor of both Paris
News Post and Paris Review, it was no less a person than
P. Mathiessen who "discovered" T. Southern and was first
to publish the aforementioned individual in Paris. Furthermore,
we were great friends in Paris and for many years thereafter;
in Paris, he came often to our little flat (Patsy and I) way back
up in Montparnasse, as did Mason and Al Avakian (Mason bathed
there regularly once a week; so far as I know, T led a bathless
life); we had a wine-and-hashish poker game there each week, to
one of which T. brought Jimmy Baldwin. It was I who introduced
him to Plimp, Bill Styron, Jack Marquand, et al., as these turned
up. Anyway, we remained good friends (with a skirmish or two)
from then on..."
Thank you Peter, for
all your good work--you now join the gang: George, Doc, Plimp,
Styron, Terry, Al Avakian, my mother Carol--and Alex Keneas--my
stepfather, whose burial you presided over as good monk... Rest
in Peace... "Bushmaster Math"!
— thanks to Nile Southern
for this bit of literary history, April 5, 2014
Paris Review — notice
New York Times — notice
MATTHIESSEN | 1927-2014
Roving Author Who Explored Remote Wilds
By CHRISTOPHER LEHMANN-HAUPT
"Mr. Matthiessen, a lyrical writer and naturalist, wrote
nonfiction that explored the endangered wilds of the world
and fiction that often placed his protagonists in the heart of
Gerber, professional dancer, actress, and Terry Southern's
companion of many years,
died Saturday, March 1.
autobiography, Trippin' with Terry Southern: What I Think
I Remember, received the
Publisher Silver Medal Book Award for Memoir/Autobiography
magazine notice ...
22, 1963 — Classic outrageous fantasy (or truth?!?)
about President Lyndon Baines Johnson...?
this year, Smoke Signals,
in conjunction with the Terry Southern Literary
Trust, reprinted Terry's story,
Blood of a Wig.” — which can be found in
Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes.
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."
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
video discussion about Ter's early magazine writing for Esquire
and The Realist,
with reference to "The Blood of a Wig:"
you know of any letters, please send a note to:
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
down to read more about the film Terry
Southern co-wrote and co-produced.
Daniels Named Recipient of Third Annual
Southern Prize for Humor by the Paris Review
the publication's annual Revel
new collection of outrageous Terry Southern writings in
one very limited edition volume...,
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.
short, it’s is a full-boar feast for famished fans
of black humor."
here ... from Black Scat Books
Open Road Integrated
Media announced this week the publication of an ebook edition of
Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry
Road has published six novels and anthologies of Terry's work in recent
Southern (1924–1995) was an American satirist, author, journalist,
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 —
In the spirit of Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, Sir Guy Grand, and Doctor
comic Sarah Silverman reminds us all this
Know Your Rights. Know Your Issues. Know
Your Real Name.
In his Huffington Post article this week, Ariel
Gonzales, English professor at Miami Dade College, reminds
"On November 6, every voter should
recite the epigraph from
Magic Christian, which Southern borrowed from the Texas
"Little man whip a big man every
time if the little man's in the right and keeps a'comin'."
you need a copy? Maybe two? Perhaps 100? Visit the Guy Grand
Shoppe, below ...
18, 2012 – Indiewire magazine features an in-depth article
the re-release of END OF THE ROAD, cult film that helped define
lost film END OF THE ROAD hits
stands September 19th
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
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....
of the Road now joins a prestigious group of formerly
‘X’- rated films, including Midnight Cowboy
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’.
release from Warner Bros., August 14, 2012
END OF THE ROAD —
"Lost" Cult Film, to be released on DVD in September:
Co-written and co-produced by Terry Southern — Details
mid-September 2012 issue, includes feature
article on the
publication of a new German-language edition of
speaking of The Magic Christian ...
Six Funny American Novels (and Harpo Speaks!)
the end of the day, I suppose Terry Southern's masterpieces are
Flash and Filigree and the Dr.
But there is no book that makes me laugh like The
Southernistas might beg to differ, but we're a peaceful lot ...
Lyon, comedy writer and director, co-producer of the Terry
"Give Me Your Hump!", dies in Los Angeles
Signals, in conjunction with the Terry
Southern Literary Trust, has reprinted Terry's classic
Blood of a Wig.” The quintessential drug tale,
inspired by a conversation Southern had with Realist
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).
e-book edition of Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes, and other
works by Terry Southern, are available
at Open Road Integrated Media.
Filmmakers Receive NEA Arts in Media Grant to Support Film on
Agency makes official announcement Wednesday, April 25 –
Nile Southern gets NEA grant to help wrap up doc
about his famous father,
Dad Strangelove —
Oak Cliff's own Terry Southern
from the Denver Post:
announces grant to Boulder filmmakers for Terry Southern documentary
Art of Screenwriting", by Terry Southern (excerpt)
Paris Review prepares to celebrate its 200th edition
— with the Fall 2012 issue ...
update from Open
Road Integrated Media, publisher of ebooks by Terry
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
offer about Flash and Filligree.
satirical dream-logic journey through the dark heart of 1950s
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
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.
Southern has given us a dazzling performance. This is the book
of the year.” — Henry Green, The Observer
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
some of the original
William Burroughs, Terry
Southern, and Jean Genet
dispatched by Esquire to cover
the 1968 Democratic Convention
Road Media explores some of the ups and downs of post-war
Interviews with Nelson Algren and Henry Green
in The Paris Review ...
many have suspected is now confirmed: Vanity Fair,
March 14, 2011 – Details
Morning News corroborates the theory: maybe every
day is Terry Southern Day?
Red-Dirt Collective an Innovative Transmedia Experiment
at SxSW —
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.
Jean Genet and Terry Southern, on assignment for Esquire
to cover the
1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
(photo by Michael Cooper)
Southern: AMERICAN GROTESQUE
published scholarly study of Terry’s Southern’s
oeuvre available ...
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.
Southern's Introduction is online ...
Paris Review, in which Terry published some of his first work,
celebrates his literary legacy all month. Details ...
Publisher's Awards site (category 27)
'Trippin' from Amazon.com
Terry Southern re-vamped Grand
Books, Albums, MP3s and more!
close for comfort?
U.S. Air Force produced documentary films in the early 1960s to dispel
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
Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter
Air Force versus Hollywood" is online at
Quality-Lit crowd lights up over recently translated edition of:
(Red-Dirt Marijuana, 1967).
a dead serious novel became the
nightmare satire of Strangelove", by director and film
writer Bilge Ebiri,
was published May 26 on MOVING IMAGE SOURCE online...
York magazine's notice ...
on "Heavy Put-Away" — the story, and the film ...
about Terry Southern by Christy Rodgers
that appeared in
Voice has been featured on Arts
and Letters Daily.
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.
14 of the British countercultural arts magazine and website NUDE
investigates the story of
CANDY in an extensive interview with
Nile Southern, author of
Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY.
the Official Site for
The Candy Men
Students in Dr.
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".
which was later anthologized in Southern's collection
of short stories, essays, and interviews,
Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967), is
one of the founding documents of what came to be
called "The New Journalism."
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."
his memorable photos is Terry with dove, published in a
collection entitled "Images of Peace."
marks the 40th anniversary of Terry's first novel, Flash
and Filigree, first published in London by Andre
Deutsch in 1958.
the book's earliest fans was the English novelist Henry
Green, who awarded it 'Book of the Year' for the
are a selection of different printings, including the Grove
Press edition currently in print and available through The
Grand Guy Shoppe.
coolly mad book in dancing prose, Flash and Filigree is startlingly
Detroit Sunday Times
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."
Rush In", by Richard Cohen, The Washington Post,
Sept. 2, 2008
World Premiere of Terry
Southerns Plums and Prunes
was held at Short Cuts Canada at the 2007 Toronto International
eleven-foot painting of Terry
by Los Angeles artist Matt
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,
along with an interview
with the artist.
happens when the co-author of Candy
is hired by the director of Tom
to collaborate on the script of a motion picture based on
a famous novel by Evelyn Waugh? What happens is The
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!
the set, 1965
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..."
Southern on Mickey Spillane: "I Am Mike Hammer."
Spillane, writer of hard-hitting detective fiction, died July
sweetens the list: Playboy's summer 2006 edition notes
By Terry Southern"
a presentation of films featuring some of Terry's greatest screenwriting,
was held November
at The International House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Details...
American Film Institute cites a memorable line from 'Dr. Strangelove'
(left) as one of the greatest movie lines.
NBC special on 'Saturday Night Live' during the 1980s notes
Terry's unique contributions to the show (right).
clips Quicktime format, 1.2 MB)
as one of Texas' seven greatest writers: October,
has been named a winner in the 2004 Colorado Book Awards.
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
a showcase featuring award finalists, at the Denver Public Library's
more details visit The
Outlaw Bible of American Literatureas
seen in the New York Times
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)
it bleeds, it leads:" The
official TS.com website extends its thanks to The
for helping to celebrate the art and life of Terry Southern (d. Oct.
And, thanks to The Bleed for its link to the 'Black
entry on Wikipedia.com.
a bookstore near you... a-17 page cover story on Terry Southern in
The Magazine for High-Minded Low Lifes
how I learned to stop worrying and love the Long-Rod Penetrator.
York Press, December, 2004
Cincinnati Kid and Dr. Strangelove honored
Sen John Edwards on his favorite movie: Dr.
Run Amok on TV?
Post revisits The Magic Christian
The 40th anniversary of "Dr. Strangelove" prompts some Cold
Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
hippest guy on the planet"
The New York Times
The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY
by Nile Southern;
published May 2004
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..."
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. "
Editor's Pick for May!
Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel
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
a copy from THE GRAND GUY SHOP
the home page for
learn about the book, the movie, the whole story
reviews, discussions, weblogs,
York Public Library
Candy Was Banned"
articles about Terry Southern, his works, and his legacy...
books by and about TS:
Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings
of Terry Southern, 1950-1995,
by Nile Southern and Josh Alan Freidman
The Art and Life of Terry Southern,
by Lee Hill
Southern Literary Trust
is looking to acquire any LETTERS of Terry Southern's and
other items, including:
Dr. Strangelove (screenplay)
CANDY (first Olympia printing, Paris; 1958)
If you have come across any such items, or know of anyone
or any research library that has same, please contact the
Terry Southern Literary Trust!
70th anniversary edition honors:
William Burroughs, Terry
and Jean Genet dispatched to the
1968 Democratic Convention
here to read
"Grooving in Chi"
Der Super-Porno (Blue Movie, 1970), has been published
in German! Get info on other international editions!
in high places! Writers, artists, activists, pranksters,
and a menagerie of preverts of all kinds are putting the
Southern point of view into action!
and commentaries each month!
are on the move! Guy Grand is alive and well!
The New York Public Library acquires the
Terry Southern literary archive
the library's article here...
power of Southerns satirical prose made him the
only wordsmith of the 60s who could have won a word
fight with Lenny Bruce..."
Mystery of Terry Southern," Gadfly
OF THE ROAD
film treasure rediscovered! Written, co-produced by
Terry Southern. Read about
the history of this underground classic from 1970.
Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967)
re-issued in the UK by Kensington!
come to the right place to learn about Terry's books and
more at TerrySouthern.com: