Edited by Nile Southern and Josh Alan Friedman
The uncensored, hugely entertaining writings of the Beat godfather, author, pornographer, scriptwriter and founder of New Journalism - "the counterculture's secret genius" Independent
The only guy to wear shades on the Sgt. Pepper's album cover, Terry Southern was an audacious, outrageous American original.
Now Dig This is a collection of his writings spanning the gamut of his stellar career. From his reminiscences of early days as a pornographer to his account of life neck-high in girls and cocaine aboard the Rolling Stones' tour jet, Now Dig This is a journey from the buttoned-down 1950s through the sexual revolution, rock 'n' roll and independent cinema, which saw the birth of Easy Rider, co-written and produced by Southern himself.
Now Dig This features Terry's Esquire piece covering the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention with Jean Genet and William S. Burroughs, and his remembrances of twentieth-century legends like Abbie Hoffman, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and director Stanley Kubrick, with whom he wrote Dr. Strangelove.
"The hippest guy on the planet" New York Times
Terry Southern (1924-1995) was born in Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University, then entered the army in 1943. After the war, he enrolled at the University of Chicago before moving to Paris. His novels include Flash and Filigree, Candy, The Magic Christian, Blue Movie and Texas Summer, as well as the collection of stories, short pieces and new journalism Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes. As a journalist he published extensively in Esquire, The Realist and National Lampoon. Southern's screenplay collaborations include Easy Rider, Dr. Strangelove, The Cincinnati Kid and Barbarella.