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Candy. [Terry Southern; Mason Hoffenberg] -- Candy, that perfect, adorable, innocent girl, was born on Valentine's Day, and her daddy says that's why she's so. Candy by Terry Southern, Mason Hoffenberg Download Candy Candy Terry Southern, Mason Hoffenberg ebook Page: Format: pdf ISBN. Terry Southern (May 1, – October 29, ) was an American author, . In October Olympia published Candy under the pseudonym Maxwell Kenton, and.
As with Dr Strangelove, Sellers habitually improvised on the script during filming. During production McGrath and Southern discussed a future project based on the life of gangster Dutch Schultz , to be made in collaboration with William Burroughs and Alexander Trocchi, but nothing came of it.
The Magic Christian ends with a scene in which Grand fills a huge vat with offal and excrement and then throws money into the fetid mixture to demonstrate how far people will go to get money for nothing. The scene was eventually shot on the South Bank, near the site of the new National Theatre building.
The film premiered on February 12, , to lukewarm reviews. Later career Southern's pre-eminence waned rapidly in the s—his screen credits decreased, his book and story output dwindled, and he acquired a reputation as an out-of-control substance abuser. He drank heavily and took various drugs, and his growing dependence on the amphetamine Dexamyl badly affected his health as he aged. Biographer Lee Hill suggests that Southern was a functioning alcoholic and that his image was largely based on his occasional public appearances in New York, partying and socializing; in private, he remained a tireless worker.
His later career was complicated by ongoing financial woes. In the late s, Southern's spendthrift ways and lack of financial acumen led him into trouble and he was audited by the IRS on several occasions beginning in , resulting in heavy tax bills and penalties. Tax problems dogged him for the rest of his life. Southern's tenuous financial position was in contrast to that of his creative partners, who became wealthy thanks to the film's commercial success.
For the rest of his life, Southern was repeatedly forced to take on work simply in order to pay tax bills and penalties, and on many occasions he struggled to keep up the mortgage payments on the East Canaan farm. Blue Movie was published in the fall of , with a dedication to Stanley Kubrick. It received only moderate reviews, and sales were hampered by the refusal of the New York Times to run ads for the book. While Fonda and Hopper continued to assert that much of Easy Rider had been improvised, Southern remained largely silent about his role, although he was prompted to write a letter to the New York Times to counter a claim that Jack Nicholson had improvised his speech during the film's campfire scene.
Terry and Carol Southern divorced in early but remained on good terms and Southern continued to support and help raise their son Nile. The attentions of the IRS had also affected Carol, who had an inheritance from her late father seized as part of Terry's tax settlement. She later became an editor with Crown Publishing , and married critic Alexander Keneas.
Southern's other unrealised projects during this period included an adaptation of Nathanael West 's A Cool Million , and a screenplay called Merlin, based on Arthurian legend, which was written with Mick Jagger in mind for the lead role. Southern covered the The New Journalism. Because of his acute money problems exacerbated by the IRS affair , Southern took a part-time teaching position in screenwriting at New York University , where he taught from the fall of to the spring of ; although popular among students, he was ultimately dismissed for holding his classes in a local bar.
Burroughs, Gore Vidal, and Sylvia Miles. In a Playboy profile, Mason Hoffenberg who had conquered his heroin addiction with methadone maintenance and was living in alcoholic codependency with Richard Manuel of The Band near Woodstock, New York claimed that "everything went right for Southern In early John Calley hired Southern to write a screenplay of Blue Movie, with Mike Nichols slated to direct, but the deal eventually fell apart due to a protracted dispute between Warners and Ringo Starr, who then owned the screen rights.
His friend Ted Kotcheff hired Southern to write the screenplay for the Watergate-themed project A Piece of Bloody Cake, but he was unable to get the script approved.
Southern's only on-screen credit during the s was the teleplay Stop Thief! Southern once again accompanied the Rolling Stones on their Tour of the Americas '75 and contributed text to a commemorative coffee table book The Rolling Stones On Tour featuring photographs by Annie Leibovitz and Christopher Sykes.
He made a cameo appearance in the crowd in the scene where Newton is arrested just before he boards his spacecraft. In and Southern was embroiled in a lengthy and chaotic attempt to make a film version of William S. Burroughs' novel Junky , but the project collapsed due to the erratic behaviour of its principal backer, Jules Stein.
Another unsuccessful project from this period was his work for Si Litvinoff on the screenplay for the opera drama Aria. Southern's script was considered 'below par' and was rejected by Fox.
At decade's end, a new story was published in the 20th-anniversary issue of the Paris Review and Blue Movie was optioned once again by Andrew Braunsberg. Although he continued to reside in northern Connecticut "beyond the commuter belt", Southern maintained his social life in New York with diligence; longtime girlfriend Gail Gerber would often chauffeur him to Studio 54 where he cultivated a convivial acquaintance with co-owner Steve Rubell , parties hosted by George Plimpton, and other engagements.
Following the critical and commercial success of Being There , Peter Sellers had a chance meeting with an arms dealer during an air flight that inspired him to contact Southern and ask him to write a script on the subject of the shady world of the international arms trade.
The resulting screenplay, Grossing Out, was reputed to have been of high quality, and Hal Ashby was provisionally attached as director, but the project went into limbo after Sellers' sudden death from a heart attack on 24 July The s Under the pseudonym of Norwood Pratt , Southern co-wrote the sci fi -themed hardcore pornographic film Randy: The Electric Lady; director Philip Schuman had previously adapted "Red Dirt" into an award-winning short.
A year later, he was hired by Saturday Night Live head writer Michael O'Donoghue who had solicited contributions from Southern as editor of National Lampoon a decade earlier to write for the —82 series of the NBC show in his efforts to revitalize the then-floundering sketch comedy program.
This controversial period, which followed the departure of the last members of the original cast and founding producer Lorne Michaels , is widely regarded as the lowest point of the series's history. According to Carol Southern, it was "the only job he ever held". Despite his longstanding acquaintance with O'Donoghue and his penchant for the alcohol, cocaine and cannabis that flowed liberally backstage, Southern had trouble fitting in stylistically with the younger writers; many of his ideas and sketches were rejected by the staff and new producer Dick Ebersol for being too subtle, sexually gratuitous, or overly political.
Nevertheless, Southern facilitated the booking of Miles Davis as musical guest for the October 17 show in support of The Man with the Horn a significant public appearance following the trumpeter's — musical interregnum and arranged for Burroughs—who read selections from his oeuvre at a desk—to appear as a guest performer during the November 7th episode; it would be the writer's first appearance on American national television.
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Southern was retained as a writer for the remainder of the season after O'Donoghue — who frequently clashed with the network and Ebersol — was fired from the series. Southern's involvement with the show led to a bona fide collaboration with fellow SNL alum Nelson Lyon, who had previously added the unproductive Southern's name to his sketches in a gesture of magnanimity.
They developed a project set in and around The Cotton Club in the s, but it was eventually abandoned after Francis Ford Coppola 's similarly themed film went into production. During —83 Southern worked with Kubrick's former production partner James B. Harris on a naval drama called The Gold Crew later retitled Floaters , but Southern was diverted from this when he began working with close friend Larry Rivers on an independent film project called At Z Beach.
Around this time Stanley Kubrick requested some sample dialogue for a planned film adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler 's book Traumnovelle which was to star Steve Martin , but Southern's bawdy submissions reportedly sabotaged any prospect of further involvement; Kubrick eventually made the film as Eyes Wide Shut , with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman shortly before his death in A new story by Southern was published in High Times in May Shortly thereafter, Hopper invited Southern to work on a planned biographical film of Jim Morrison which was to be backed by publisher Larry Flynt.
With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. The New York Times —bestselling parody of Voltaire's Candide that was banned in France and went on to become a salacious cult classic. Candy is a perfect, idealistic, innocent girl, born on Valentine's Day, which, her daddy says, is why she's so beautiful. At college in Racine, Wisconsin, she listens earnestly to Professor Mephisto's lecture on philosophy and how "deep and aching are the needs of man"—and takes his pronouncement to heart.
She will dedicate the rest of her days to bringing the sweet balm of her warmth to all those lonely men on her arduous path to spiritual enlightenment—a hunchback, a crazed gynecologist in a bar bathroom, her father's lecherous twin brother, her guru at the nutty Cracker Foundation. Over the top, somewhere between philosophical tale and satire of the one, with freudian twist at the end. Oct 30, Elf M.
Candy by "Maxwell Canton" a psuedonym for Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg is a novel that is apparently fondly remembered by lots of its fans for its breathless descriptions of an excessively naive, manipulable and attractive young lady as she careens through one bizarre encounter after another while a rolling cast of lates stereotypical characters attempts to seduce her: Krankeit and the desperate Dr. Duncan, and thereafter by equally creepy physicians, doctors, police officers, cult leaders, Communists, religious gurus, and finally The Buddha himself.
Very few of these men and sadly, never Livia ever get into her pants; those that do tend to have less-than-succesful moments. The book is replete with descriptions of her lush nakedness and cute euphemisms for various body parts.
The book is really a succession of farcical set-pieces about pretentious teachers, "liberated" women, the weird "sexology" of the late 's, the rise of strange religious cults although why they take a swipe at the Quakers I can't tell , the relationships between cops and gay bars at the time.
There's an almost painfully extended piece about Jews and the way they did or did not integrate well with the larger American community at the time. I write "painfully" because there were a lot of men from my family and their extended communities who bore the scars of those battles.
One of my relatives in the early s delighted his mother by becoming a law professor-- "A doctor and a lawyer! Sadly, I'm not actually related to him and my parents adamantly refused to tell me his pen name. I found the book a bit disappointing.
I can see how it was a thrill to read in I can see how the authors thought it was subversive and funny. But one of the things I've learned in the past forty years is that we don't really run to a reductio world when we have one of these bizarre societal adolescent moments; instead, we outgrow them, establish a new equilibrium, and move on.
It was a " smile , yeah, that was probably amusing once" kind of book. Feb 27, Matt rated it it was ok.
I read this based on a comment of Jack Newfield's I think — mids maybe — that the young people weren't reading Camus and C. Wright Mills anymore.
This seems in many ways like an artifact of its time. It's couched as a satire, although the subject of the satire if a bit hard to parse.
Candy, the main character, is a somewhat vacant young I read this based on a comment of Jack Newfield's I think — mids maybe — that the young people weren't reading Camus and C.
Candy, the main character, is a somewhat vacant young college woman, who writes on a philosophy paper that the greatest love is to give oneself away completely.
She proceeds through a, I suppose, sexual farce, finding herself in a series of compromising situations, most of which we would call rape, and if they didn't call it rape, they should have. It seems to reveal two things as possible satiric objects: If, the target is the tendency toward an tepid search for enlightenment through self-abnegation, in Candy, as pretty young white girl, you have a typical target for male chauvinism of the left.
Candy seems to be the projection of a sort of stuffy, male pseudo-sophisticate. She searches for spiritual awakening by giving her body away.
She's not sexual liberated; she's sexually — I dunno — castrated. It's not about her enjoyment at all. If you role all that into a ball you get the failure of sexual liberation in recapitulated macho bullshit. Whether that's intentional or not, I don't know. The implication I feel like I'm supposed to get is that all of this is a lot of fun. Not so much. If on the other hand, the target is men themselves, the premise of the novel is that whatever one's stated intentions might be everyone wants to have sex with Candy.
Beneath any pretense of politics, education, spirituality, if it's a man, he is after one thing. There is something to the idea, but "the romp" seems ill-suited to it.
Despite the datedness of the sexpolitics there are still some moments of genuine humor: Christian — is wicked, and skewers the target who actually deserves it on his own culturally cretinous point. View 1 comment. Mar 25, Shawn rated it liked it. Candy is about a young girl who is impossibly beautiful and the bizarre sexual journey that takes her from Maine to Tibet awakening her spiritual, emotional, and sexual desires.
Candy is a satire of "Candide" and her character is that of the overly altruistic fool with a heart of gold. If Candy seduces a man or allows herself to be seduced she has so thoroughly reasoned it out in her head and heart as to make each act seem impossibly pure even in some very dubious situations, which is where most Candy is about a young girl who is impossibly beautiful and the bizarre sexual journey that takes her from Maine to Tibet awakening her spiritual, emotional, and sexual desires.
If Candy seduces a man or allows herself to be seduced she has so thoroughly reasoned it out in her head and heart as to make each act seem impossibly pure even in some very dubious situations, which is where most of the comedy is derived from. This book was banned in parts of Europe and it is easy to see why with its frank depictions of sex, frequent dirty talk especially from the foul Aunt Livia , and myriad of euphemisms for Candy's vagina.
This is perhaps the first dark comic novel about sex since I read Alissa Nutting's incredible "Tampa" last year and I found it less funny and way more slapstick in the way it dealt with taboo.
Indeed I could downright hear some looney tunes sound effects in the back of my mind during some of the scenes. And that is not helped by the fact that the ending serves as a punch line after a long wind up is kind of lame. Regardless the writing was crisp, surprisingly poetic even at times, and the pacing still had my wanting to read on.
It's a book that never takes itself seriously and is pretty foul so beware of that. Nov 15, Bill rated it it was ok. It was first published under a pseudonym and widely banned in its day, though it eventually became a best seller. Southern and Hoffenberg co-wrote it in a series of letters and were surprised at the Candide comparison. Did I like it? Well, no. The copy I got is the same as the one pictured here and is misleading.
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The girl on the cover is very much of the mid-to-late 60s generation. The girl in the book is in her late teens in the late 50s, a very different time. But we never judge a book by its cover, right?
The sex is silly at times—there are phrases like "jelly box" and "lamb pit"—but contemporary at others. Apr 04, Kara rated it really liked it.
Not many books can keep me interested like this one, but I wouldn't consider it a favorite because personally, I hated the main character, Candy. She will blame herself for the disturbing sexual desire men feel towards her, she blames herself for the lust they have for.
Like, "he touched me so inappropriately," but back it up with a "but it isn't his fault, it is mine for being so tempting, for being everything he needs. Nov 28, L. You like my book? Gee, thanks. Just bought it.
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Seriously, WTF? What is this supposed to be? I'll tell you what it is - one big W. Because her "precious little honey- WTF? Because her "precious little honey-cloister" will be "bleating.
Mar 08, Allison Floyd rated it it was ok. I was really intrigued by this book, but it got old quickly, to the tune of rinse, wring, repeat. Read a chapter or two and you have the general idea. Maybe it would help if I'd read Candide, which this purportedly satirizes. I'm just sorry that I didn't read it in a public place, what with the lurid cover posing the question: Is it porn?
Is it--YA porn?!? Wasted opportunity. View all 9 comments. Apr 22, Full Daffy rated it did not like it. Terry Southern was a fine film writer but an atrocious novelist. This book makes one appreciate the fact it was banned in Europe and the US initially. Nobody was missing out on anything. Mar 11, Ron Grunberg rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book gives one a quite sober look at the sexual mores of our times, and at the same time is a ridiculous romp of sexual improbability throughout the towns of Racine, Wisconsin, New York City, a mining town in Minnesota, somewhere in India, and Llasa, Tibet.
This book is the rawest experience with sexual explicitness, I believe, one could possibly read. If one would guess which book of all books might have been banned, one would guess this one and of course it was. Yet the implausible scene This book gives one a quite sober look at the sexual mores of our times, and at the same time is a ridiculous romp of sexual improbability throughout the towns of Racine, Wisconsin, New York City, a mining town in Minnesota, somewhere in India, and Llasa, Tibet.
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Yet the implausible scenes it gives us, strangely, to the average man, are weirdly plausible. That is why this fiction works: I know it might strike some if not most people as strange, but I truly believe that if you think about it the average man would not think it at all unreasonable that a full gynecological exam would occur in the rest room of a Greenwich Village bar, as it does in this book, or that in every single scene in which a man appears with Candy no matter what the profession of the man, whether professor, doctor, mystic or whomever, sex is the ulterior motive of all their interactions.
Candy is presented as an innocent, the original bleeding heart liberal, whose love and compassion for a hunchback on Grove Street, for example, is heartwarming but at the same time ridiculous because the guy's certifiably nuts but because of her broad loving arms and open-mindedness she cannot perceive even his inability to speak coherent English.
Later, in bed, when he starts beating her with a hangar, she transforms the scene into a "just punishment" for the sins of all mankind towards the unfortunate deformed. Terry Southern's extraordinary clever and creative, funny as hell, yet as I said there's a deep moral tale hidden behind the, well, perfect behind, often exposed in telling detail, of the heroine of this book, Miss Candy Christian.
Marlon Brando?! Total Boox, Cover image. The New York Times —bestselling parody of Voltaire's Candide that was banned in France and went on to become a salacious cult classic.