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Nile Southern

Interabang Books is delighted to host the son and editor of Terry Southern's THE HIPSTERS, Nile Southern. Nile will be joined in conversation by the publisher, Gabriel Levinson. Terry Southern was born in Alvarado, TX and grew up here in Dallas. While he is deceased, his work lives on, especially in this new and never-before-published collected work, THE HIPSTERS! Join us on May 5th at 6pm to hear this fascinating discussion. You can purchase your copy of THE HIPSTERS below!

This anthology of never-before-published and uncollected work charts the creative evolution of Terry Southern—from Quality-lit craftsman to visionary provocateur—through journal entries, short stories, an abandoned novel borne of his postwar Paris experience, a declaration of cinema’s triumph over the page, tastes of screenplays (including the first adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and a sequel to Easy Rider), and a eulogy penned for Charlie Parker that reflects the author’s own “mercilessly schizoid, uncompromising integrity.” Bursting from the pen of one of the most original American writers of the twentieth century, these previously unseen gems reveal a searching, fertile mind as he rewires the boundaries of storytelling.

Terry Southern (1924–1995) was born in Alvarado, Texas, and grew up in Dallas. In 1937, on a middle-school class trip to the Dallas Public Library, his encounter with Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym” ignited Southern’s passion for developing a fine prose style with “the capacity to astonish.” He attended Northwestern’s Great Books program, receiving a BA in 1948. He was enrolled at the Sorbonne on the GI Bill from 1948 to 1951, garnering certificates in medieval literature, modern French literature, and contemporary (European) philosophy. His stories were first published in Paris literary magazines, including in The Paris Review’s first issue. After living in New York’s Greenwich Village in the early 1950s, he married Carol Kauffman in 1956 and moved with her to Geneva, where he wrote Flash and Filigree and The Magic Christian (both published first in England) and, with Mason Hoffenberg, the sex satire Candy, which was first published in France and subsequently banned there. Southern is also the author of novels Blue Movie (1970) and Texas Summer (1992). In 1961, his first-person story “Twirling at Ole Miss” appeared in Esquire, launching what Tom Wolfe later described as “a new kind of journalism.” Another short story, “The Road Out of Axotle,” won the O. Henry Prize of 1963. Southern’s film career began when he was hired by Stanley Kubrick to help transform Dr. Strangelove from arch melodrama into the nightmare comedy which the director envisioned. In 1964, Candy became a runaway bestseller in America, and Dr. Strangelove’s great success led to Southern working on many significant films of the 1960s, including The Loved One, The Collector, The Cincinnati Kid, Barbarella, The Magic Christian, Easy Rider, and End of the Road. Southern lived with his longtime companion Gail Gerber for twenty-five years in a remote farmhouse in East Canaan, Connecticut. He is remembered as a unique figure in literature, journalism, and film whose satirical voice prompted Gore Vidal to declare him “the most profoundly witty writer of his generation.”

Wednesday, May 5th, 6:00PM
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SKU: 9781953862006