Pin It

'Living Loaded,' Dan Dunn 

'Professional drinker' sounds like a great gig. Until you get sloppy-drunk and maudlin.

click to enlarge art16275.jpg

Dan Dunn is living the dream. He drinks for free, travels the world and parties with women whose names often involve some combination of “Miss” plus a state or a month.

Then he scribbles some notes. And that’s his job. As booze writer for — an occupation which ranks just below “bikini model oiler” in its ability to elicit high-fives from awesome bros — he suffers the bleary-eyed nights and into-the-next-evening hangovers so we don’t have to.

He’s as helpful as can be. With 16 lists, Living Loaded is a how-to book for anyone who needs in-depth advice on drinking while flying, surviving bars in the Deep South, hanging out with porn stars or being a lush and not screwing up your life.

Useful stuff. But clearly, the format was influenced by the Internet, where lists rule. Indeed, a good chunk of the book is a copy-and-paste rearrangement of Dunn’s column on Playboy’s website, “The Imbiber,” and is available for free to everyone without NSFW restrictions.

But unlike Sh*t My Dad Says, this works better offline. Dunn’s quips are way more than 140 characters, and you’ll keep turning paper pages long after you would’ve stopped scrolling down the screen.

Penning a love letter to alcohol without falling into guilt-ridden confessional or frat-boy pomposity is tricky. Whether struggling with the question of how much drinking is too much or recalling a childhood spent in the local watering hole watching his father get hammered, Dunn mixes in enough sober honesty to turn a could-be-too-sugary romp into something with a little complexity.

That, and he’s funny. In Vegas, he and an executive from a spirits company are enchanted by a tough guy’s lady-friend: “‘She’s a real looker,’ Rob whispered in my ear. Or it might have been, ‘She’s a real hooker.’ Either way, he was correct.”

Living Loaded’s subtitle promises “Tales of Sex, Salvation, and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour.” And if you’re OK with a mix of three parts debauchery for every one part salvation, you won’t be disappointed.

Pin It

Readers also liked…

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Social Space

Social Space @ Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 16

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Aaron Mahan

  • Dirty Talk
  • Dirty Talk

    There are no pictures in SEXT, but that hardly means you won’t blush through this show.
    • Mar 30, 2011
  • Welcome to the Rileys
  • Welcome to the Rileys

    Just looking to glimpse Kristen Stewart’s naughty bits? Don’t bother.
    • Feb 16, 2011
  • Sí, Se Puede
  • Sí, Se Puede

    Margarito Martinez used to work with cows. Now he’s dressed like one.
    • Feb 9, 2011
  • More »

© 2019 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation