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I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the

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“If your books subtitle is Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, you have a lot to live up to—and somehow Mike Edison does . . . Edison seems to have nine lives and enjoys every moment of each of them to the fullest . . . His journey takes him around the world, but he always returns to magazine writing, and his insider scoop on these bizarre workplaces is what, finally, makes this memoir truly memorable.” —Penthouse

 

“Cooler than Toby Young and more credible than James Frey.”—Bookforum

 

“Will have you alternately envying Edison and being glad youve avoided such encounters.” —New York Daily News

 

“Gloriously told . . . Surprisingly intelligent.” —SF Weekly

 

“[Edisons] an engaging, sardonic guide to some of magazinedoms more disreputable territories.” —Entertainment Weekly

 

“Brash, irreverent, funny as hell and beautifully written.”—PopMatters

"Mike Edison opens his new memoir with a money shot of himself as publisher and editor of High Times magazine, ready to fire the next person who suggests putting Bob Marley on the cover, again. Anti-establishment even at the preternaturally unrestrained High Times, Edison put Ozzy Osbourne on the cover. The dark princes image, crooning into a skull-full of weed like a half-mad Hamlet, brought the magazine into a new era of record sales. Its that flavor of confidence and nonchalance that leaves the reader laughing with incredulous glee through two decades of the willful hedonism that defines Mike Edisons pro-wrestling, pornography, pot, and punk-rock career as writer, editor, and musician. I Have Fun Everywhere I Go is a blazing hot epic of the absurd. The author embodies the dadaism of Frank Zappa, the encyclopedic pop culture powers of Chuck Klosterman, and the goofball temerity of a pro-wrestler (Edisons most influential favorite is the original Sheik from Detroit, who threw balls of fire at his opponents. Edison joyfully applies this philosophy on stage and at the office). The editorial chops of the author shine, polished as they were in the nether regions of publishing, writing for Wrestlings Main Event, Screw, Penthouse and Hustler. In his early days, before he dropped out of Columbia (but after he had dropped out of film school at NYU), Mike Edison got straight As using the same formula he applied to writing one pornographic novel a week: 'detailed outlines and lots of whiskey. Edisons insight transforms the mundane to the sublime, revealing insider secrets and bringing the reader in on all the jokes. Take for example his battles against the old editorial guard of High Times, who, comfortably numb in the quicksand of their beanbag chairs, speciously equated the hassling of potheads to the oppression of the Jews. Although rife with all the in-your-face sarcasm and attitude youd expect from a guy who performed with GG Allin and Reagan Youth, the story reveals a professional and a gentleman. His success is due, no doubt, to his dedicated study of the publishing industrys every detail: from the ancient art of paste-up, to banging dutifully on Smith Coronas (hangover or no), to the necessary evil of advertising, to the defense of the First Amendment . . . Edison writes sincerely about the people and issues closest to him, giving his memoir far more dimension than a mere trippy cartoon. The writing is unrelentingly smart and funny: 'even his hair looked alphabetized.' Edison plays with the reflective opportunities of memoir in a similarly cheeky way . . . The chapters have a delicious ache to them, not just because Edisons life is so enviably fabulous, but because he experienced the grittier, cooler, more dangerous cities like New York, New Orleans, and Las Vegas before they were sterilized. The vicarious thrill is real, and probably more enjoyable for the average reader (this one included) than they themselves 'living large as a low-budget bon vivant.' By the storys close, the reader can take 'the Edison Cure' and a deep breath. In Mike Edisons I Have Fun Everywhere I Go, even the index is funny (there are no less than four topics requiring the pointer 'see marijuana') and the notes on typography are good for a couple more laughs, just in case you still cant put it down."—Mia Eaton, Brooklyn Rail

"It seems hard for a book to live up to a subtitle like the one on Mike Edison's I Have Fun Everywhere I Go. Here it is: 'Savage tales of pot, porn, punk rock, pro wrestling, talking apes, evil bosses, dirty blues, American heroes, and the most notorious magazines in the world.' But Edison, a rock musician and veteran writer/editor/publisher of such mags as Main Event (wrestling), High Times (drugs) and the Hustler imitator Cheri (porn), has done just that. I can't recall with specificity the passage about talking apes, but it's probably because I was laughing too hard at the other parts, or merely stunned that Edison is still alive after consuming so many illegal substances. The most interesting part of the book recounts his experiences at marijuana periodical High Times, which he branded 'The most notorious magazine in the world.' For the record, Edison doesn't care too much for marijuana, and that likely was a liability when running the magazine. (If he is to be believed, the staff there takes a smoke break each afternoon at 4:20 p.m.—and they're not burning tobacco.) But he does, or at least did, like his cocaine and LSD, and both punctuate many insanely dope-fueled adventures and hard-to-believe tales from both the edges of journalism and music. His world is inhabited by hustlers, stoners and gluttons for food, sex, alcohol, money and punishment of various kinds."—Dan Casey, The Roanoke Times

Synopsis:

“If your books subtitle is Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, you have a lot to live up to—and somehow Mike Edison does . . . Edison seems to have nine lives and enjoys every moment of each of them to the fullest . . . His journey takes him around the world, but he always returns to magazine writing, and his insider scoop on these bizarre workplaces is what, finally, makes this memoir truly memorable.” —Penthouse

 

“Cooler than Toby Young and more credible than James Frey.”—Bookforum

 

“Will have you alternately envying Edison and being glad youve avoided such encounters.” —New York Daily News

 

“Gloriously told . . . Surprisingly intelligent.” —SF Weekly

 

“[Edisons] an engaging, sardonic guide to some of magazinedoms more disreputable territories.” —Entertainment Weekly

 

“Brash, irreverent, funny as hell and beautifully written.”—PopMatters

About the Author

Mike Edison is a writer, editor, and musician. He lives in New York City.  

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479036
Author:
Edison, Mike
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 2 Black-and-White Illustrations
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.69 x 5.56 in

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“If your books subtitle is Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World, you have a lot to live up to—and somehow Mike Edison does . . . Edison seems to have nine lives and enjoys every moment of each of them to the fullest . . . His journey takes him around the world, but he always returns to magazine writing, and his insider scoop on these bizarre workplaces is what, finally, makes this memoir truly memorable.” —Penthouse

 

“Cooler than Toby Young and more credible than James Frey.”—Bookforum

 

“Will have you alternately envying Edison and being glad youve avoided such encounters.” —New York Daily News

 

“Gloriously told . . . Surprisingly intelligent.” —SF Weekly

 

“[Edisons] an engaging, sardonic guide to some of magazinedoms more disreputable territories.” —Entertainment Weekly

 

“Brash, irreverent, funny as hell and beautifully written.”—PopMatters

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