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Before Dallas Proclaims It Terry Southern Day, Stock Your Virtual Bookshelves With His Works

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Perhaps you've forgotten: On May 1 council member Delia Jasso will officially proclaim it Terry Southern Day to coincide with a screening of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at the Texas Theatre, after which Terry's boy Nile and I will talk about Oak Cliff's "long-lost wayward son." In advance of this occasion, Nile sends word today that Terry's books (Candy, Blue Movie, Flash and Filigree, The Magic Christian and Texas Summer, which is out of print) are making their way to virtual bookshelves as e-books courtesy Open Road. Another title -- the collection Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes -- will be released in June.

The video above is a cool freshly minted promo -- those are some very kind words about Terry from the great Fran Lebowitz. As Nile tells Publishers Weekly today, far as he's concerned this is a very big deal: "I think a whole new wave of readers will discover him as they should for Terry holds a unique and fundamental place in 20th century arts, letters, and culture." Incidentally, that's Nile in the promotional video above, playing the part of Terry. He won't say what, exactly, he's smoking.

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