Yours in Haste and Adoration by Terry Southern
Selected Letters of Terry Southern

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But with Southern, pretty often, you had to be there. The crackle in his letters has faded almost entirely. In part, the deal-killer is the hipster lingo. There’s an avalanche of “bop, razor fight, hippy-dippy jive-talk,” as he put it in one letter about how he freshened up a script.
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Terry Southern was one of the most outrageous and penetrating satirists of the twentieth century, judged by Gore Vidal to be "the most profoundly witty writer" of their generation. As a novelist (Candy, The Magic Christian, Blue Movie), screenwriter (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, Barbarella), pioneer of the "New Journalism" at Esquire, and writer for Saturday Night Live, Southern had an incomparable gift for exposing the grotesqueries of the American Way of Life while living it to the full. Southern's list of correspondents reads like a cultural Who's Who of the last half-century. In this collection we find letters to fellow writers including Nelson Algren, William S. Burroughs, George Plimpton, Alex Trocchi, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Green, Gregory Corso, playwright Jack Gelber, and Mason Hoffenberg (co-author of Candy). His letters extend to Hollywood luminaries such as Stanley Kubrick, Dennis Hopper, and George Segal. Southern also corresponded through the years with legendary performers and artists of the day, among them Lenny Bruce, Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Larry Rivers, and gallery scene-maker/impresario Robert Fraser. Even more idiosyncratic and outrageous when writing to his friends than he was for an audience, Southern dashed off a plethora of hilarious, shocking, frequently offensive, and unprintable missives to his many friends and colleagues. As this brilliant collection reveals, Southern was one of the great letter writers of the twentieth century.
 

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BROOKE ALLEN is the author of Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers and Twentieth-Century Attitudes: Literary Powers in Uncertain Times. A frequent contributor the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New Criterion, and other publications.She is a member of the literature faculty at Bennington College.
 
Published November 17, 2015 by Antibookclub. 368 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment.
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Kirkus

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on Oct 22 2015

Southern begins to run out of steam after those anni mirabili, and some of the later letters have a get-off-my-lawn quality, as when he chides Phil Donahue for being nice to Rush Limbaugh. Still, to read of Southern’s demise while still hard at work is sobering—hard at work establishing a reputation beyond that of a writer’s writer, that is.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Dec 15 2015

But with Southern, pretty often, you had to be there. The crackle in his letters has faded almost entirely. In part, the deal-killer is the hipster lingo. There’s an avalanche of “bop, razor fight, hippy-dippy jive-talk,” as he put it in one letter about how he freshened up a script.

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