chrissie, my god, i loved PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE so much. what a charming, beautiful read it is.
i had not had a drop of alcohol for maybe 15 years (some around here that have read my posts over the last 5 years would argue that). when i read PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE, it inspired me to start drinking again. i will forever be indebted to that book for that. i've read it twice, and drank wine all through the second reading.
the other thing it did for me, it really inspired my writing style. let me correct that, writing style is an oxymoron, like military intellegence. no such thing as a writing style, it's just how you project your voice onto paper. PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE inspired my writing voice more than any of the great authors i've read. none of mac's other books are written like MONEY IN THY PURSE, this book is the only time he was a brilliant writer. other brilliant pieces of writing i've found that affected me in a big way, lillian ross' PICTURE, and an abridged audio tape of henry miller's TROPIC OF CANCER. i have no interest in reading the book. i've heard the book is very graphic. i have nothing against graphic anything, but the abridged tapes of the book are brilliant as is.
hadj, you can get the book from local pubic library. go to 7-11 with 5 cent copies, late at night. while store clerk is snoozing, pirate yourself a copy.