Flash and Filigree - Terry Southern funny, surreal, fast-paced, sometimes well-written and sometimes sloppy first novel from a brilliant screenwriter. unfortunately, also rather unpleasantly dated (wannabe-funny date rape scene, anyone?) and the satire often felt forced. many laugh-out loud moments but overall rather wearying. is this novel a precursor to Bizarro? i have no idea, i've never read that genre.

favorite sequence: the game show "What's My Disease". you even get to see what goes on behind the scenes. nothing good, i promise!