Los Angeles, CA
If you could have a imbibe with your favorite author, who would it be and what would you do?
I wrote a bit about the potential to get wasted with 16 of my favorite authors: Hemingway, Pynchon, Kerouac, Dostovesky, Kesey, Hitchens, Thompson, Wallace, Hughes, Atwood, Gray, Pargin, Hancock, Pynchon, Bukowski, and Dick.
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Ernest Hemingway - Rum
For Whom the Bell Tolls) and then walked around the corner to hang out with the locals in the late afternoons and evening. He drank at a couple of places including Sloppy Joe's. His unusual order got named the "Papa Dobles" by the bartender. What is in a Papa Dobles? Lots of (light) rum, grapefruit juice, and one lime (squeezed) with a splash of grenadine, a wee bit sweet and sour, and club soda. Hemingway drank dozens of these a night. I'd love to sit down and chat for a few hours, but I imagine it would be a bunch of wild sotires that trail off into jibberish, much like a 2am phone call from Snailtrax.
Aldous Huxley - Mescaline and Mushrooms
Doors of Perception inspired the psychedelic warriors of the 1960s (and also the name of the band The Doors). Huxley was one of the first ones to break on through to the other side, and he did during one of the squarest times in the middle of the 20th century. Huxley had terrible eyesight most of his life until he moved to the desert in the American South West. Huxley did his fair share of peyote in New Mexico and dabbled in other psychedelics. Huxley once tried to write for Walt Disney, but Disney rejected his stuff because he couldn't understand what the fuck Huxley was talking about. I'd love to discuss why Huxley thought no one would want to buy books in the future because they will be amused to death by other means.
Jack Kerouac - Adderall
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Vodka
Ken Kesey - LSD
Sometimes a Great Notion, which is probably the best novel you've never read.
Christopher Hitchens - Whiskey
God Is Not Great: How Religion Ruins Everything, then you're missing out.
Hunter S. Thompson - Cocaine
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time.
David Foster Wallace - Percocet
reading David Foster Wallace was like scoring really good cocaine. I have the feeling that sitting around with DFW would include a lot of him rambling on about really smart things while we watch really low brow TV shows. If that's the case, then I want to be pretty faded and stoned out of my gourd. A couple of Percs would put me in a warm and fuzzy place and I can sink into the couch and listen to DFW pontificate about the weirdest little things. DFW's The Broom of the System is one of my favorite "first novels by an author." I kind of wish he stuck with that initial style of writing rather than opting for a verbose monument with Infinite Jest. I'm pretty sure I'd try to ask him what gets through his mind while he writes a 1,000+ page novel? How can he remember everything? I struggle to recall storylines in a 250 word novel.
Langston Hughes - Marijuana
Margaret Atwood - Opium
Splading Gray - Oxycontin
Swimming to Cambodia is one of my favorites. Gray details the shooting of a film in Cambodia (he had a small role in The Killing Fields) while he is smack in the middle of a personal existential crisis.
Jason Pargin - Ketamine
John Dies at the End by David Wong (the pseudonym for Pargin)? Talk about a tripped-out book. This is one guy I want to eat horse tranquilizers with.
Graham Hancock - DMT
Fingerprints of the Gods. I could sit around for several days straight listening to Hancock share tales of the spiritual places he visited like the Pyramids. With the exception of McKenna, I cannot think of someone else better to go on a DMT trip than Hancock. He's been on the other side enough that he knows where to look around.
Thomas Pynchon - Tequila and Vicodin
Charles Bukowski - Beer
Philip K. Dick - Mushrooms, LSD, DMT, and Speed
Selected Stories of Phillip K. Dick -- which will be released next month sometime.