Talking with Tosches

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Nick Tosches’ writing is dark, gritty, and has guts. Tosches has written 18 books, and is best know for his Dean Martin biography, Dino.

In a recent Esquire interview by Scott Raab, Tosches discusses his new book, boozing, opium, poetry, and the weather.

Scott Raab: The theme apparent in all your books is, to me, a fearless quest for what’s at the heart of human knowledge.

Nick Tosches: We’re finite creatures, doomed to never get a fraction of what wisdom it would take to deal with infinity. This book has a lot to do with the unbelievable power and beauty of that almost unattainable freedom. Since none of us really gets to know it, we don’t know what extremely powerful dangers might lurk in it.

Enjoy!


Pat Johnson is currently working on his master’s in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, and is the owner and editor of the satirical news website The New Porker. When Pat’s not reading or writing he’s likely squeezing a lime into a Tecate and headed to the dance floor. He also creates short films, documentaries, and sketch comedies. Pat is completing his first novel, The Virgin and Marilyn Monroe, and writing a book of Creative Non-Fiction short stories. More from this author →