Tales of Sex, Salvation, and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour
Many people drink, few do it professionally. My name is Dan Dunn and I consume alcohol for a living.
That’s right. I get paid to run around boozing, carousing, and getting into all manner of trouble, all in the name of covering the “adult beverage beat” for one of the most iconic brands on the planet, Playboy.
I hereby invite you to join me, as I conduct “revealing” hotel room interviews with porn stars in LA; go Zip Cat racing in Scotland with Stifler from American Pie; turn the notoriously posh Pebble Peach Wine Tournament into the opportunity for a 3-day bender (thank God for my trusty voice recorder); enjoy whiskey-fueled romantic encounters in alleyways behind East Village watering holes; get forcibly removed from a boxing match at a Vegas casino (thanks to an unfortunate misunderstanding involving lots of liquor, and the flag of Cuba); get dumped by my stripper/med student girlfriend (mid-lap dance, no less) simply for not being "husband material;” wake up naked on a big-shot Hollywood producer’s living room floor; and learn, the hard way, why NEVER to order an Irish car bomb in a Dublin pub.
Along the way, I’ll share with you the hard-won wisdom from a life lived loaded, including how to amass a kick-ass collection of bar memorabilia, to how to be Yankee and survive bars in the sticks, to how to maintain the perfect buzz during air travel. And for those of you really serious about cocktails, I’ve even included 16 original recipes created just for this book by the world's best-known practitioners of the mixocological arts. You can thank me later.
A bawdy barroom confessional that leaves no shot glass un-shot, no beer un-chugged, no potential paramour un-hit-upon, this is the most entertaining and honest book about the Drinking Life ever written. At least, ever written by me.
Dunn's style, like his subject matter, is prototypical Playboy; brash, funny, unapologetically masculine, sex-obsessed, packed with wordplay and self-referential asides…. It was written to be a little informative and a lot of fun, and it succeeds on both counts. In an age when exercise and a low-fat diet has been conflated with virtue, it's refreshing to read about some good, old-fashioned, unabashedly drunken high-jinks
"Break out the highballs– Playboy.com’s boozer columnist, Dan “the Imbiber” Dunn, has written a second book worth perusing over a couple rounds." - LA Magazine
"You’ll find Dan “The Imbiber” Dunn’s new book, Living Loaded, to be a profound meditation on the finer points of... drinking." -- Thrillist
"Grab a drink, and make it a double.... Living Loaded takes up where his previosu book, Nobody Likes a Quitter (and other reasons to avoid rehab) left off - on a barstool in one of the planet's zillion drinking establishments. Dunn's mission is to experience the absolute hell out of them all, or get thrown out trying. He's even created a taxonomy of "barchetypes to help structure his often foul mouthed, always hilarious, and sometimes touching quest." - Tasting Panel Magazine.
"There was once a great tradition of smart, funny writers who told drinking stories: WC Fields, Kingsley Amis. They got replaced by self-pitying AA-memoirs. I'm so glad I got to read Dan Dunn's smart, funny, drinking stories book and not his next book, which will undoubtedly be a self-pitying AA memoir."
-Joel Stein, Time Magazine
"Living Loaded is a rip-roaring funny and sometimes sad bender of a book. Living up to his reputation as his generation's best outlaw journalist, Dan Dunn flirts with doom and wins. A flat-out carousing home-run."
-Douglas Brinkley, NY Times Bestselling author of The Wilderness Warrior and The Reagan Diaries
"Dan Dunn is the only person I know whose life would fall apart if he stopped drinking. For the time being, he will remain a personal hero to most American men and the conductor of my vicarious life."
- Rob McElhenney, creator and star, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
“Dan Dunn's writing is like kick-ass, balls to the wall rock n roll cranked to ear-bleed levels -- makes you feel great and really pisses off the neighbors. I can drink to that!”
--Sammy Hagar, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Cabo Wabo Tequila Founder
"A cocktail of hilarious encounters and adventures. Dan should have &*#@ed me when he had the chance."
-- Savanna Samson, adult film superstar
"Dan Dunn’s time studying at the feet of the master and mentor Hunter S Thompson could best be described as 'one cheek on the bar stool and one foot on the floor.'
His latest handbook 'Living Loaded,' celebrates his booze scribe lifestyle in liquorishous detail. I love it !"
- John Oates, of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates
"This tome hits you like a shot of Jäger on an empty stomach. Here is a man living life the way it ought to be lived."
- Mark Steines, host, Entertainment Tonight
"Dan Dunn lives a life most people fantasize about. True degeneracy with panache. This book is an essential primer for the joys of the drinking life."
- Jonathan Goldsmith, actor, The Most Interesting Man in the World
"Profoundly profane, profanely profound, LIVING LOADED will win your heart, seize your liver and probably steal your wallet. But you’ll forgive it, because Dan Dunn is the best – and almost certainly the worst – drinking companion you’ll ever have: Charming, hilarious and always, it seems, on the brink of a barfight."
-Steve Rushin, author, the Pint Man