Hunter S. Thompson

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Bill McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist: The Life And Times of Hunter S. Thompson (along with many HST articles, interviews, and I think another bio some time ago) is not aware of any contact between them.

He is looking into it for me, and I will post anything he finds/passes on. Virtually everything HST discussed in this thread and a shitload more is in aforementioned tome. Outlaw is worth the price of admission.
The only problem I had with it is that the first two or three chapters (how ever far I got...) is that it rehashed the other two biographies that I read. I should probably have skipped ahead and tried to find something I hadn't read about yet, but... eh...
 
I guess if one reads more than one biography, redundancy is the norm (or should be). Going from A to Z in someone's life means attempting to cover all ground. If that material would have been left out, you may have considered it incomplete?

What I found fascinating were the facts about HST's life that I had never known - and there was a boatload of discovery -- for me.

Pax,

homeless mind
 
I've often thought about having this HST quote printed and framed:

Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits "” a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.
 
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LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
I guess if one reads more than one biography, redundancy is the norm (or should be). Going from A to Z in someone's life means attempting to cover all ground. If that material would have been left out, you may have considered it incomplete?

What I found fascinating were the facts about HST's life that I had never known - and there was a boatload of discovery -- for me.
Maybe I'll float back to it someday. We'll see. Certainly there is very little one can do to make one biography different from another (generally), but... I dunno, I guess I was expecting more. It was definitely better written than the other couple I read (and much better annotated at the back as well), but everything seemed the same.

I kinda wish I had found the new one first. The others, outside of a rogue chapter here or there, were a bit... dry.
 
Maybe I'll float back to it someday. We'll see. Certainly there is very little one can do to make one biography different from another (generally), but...

i'm not sure if this has been mentioned before, but check out "Hunter" by E Jean Carroll for and interesting, different bio. i enjoyed it very much...
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
i'm not sure if this has been mentioned before, but check out "Hunter" by E Jean Carroll for and interesting, different bio. i enjoyed it very much...
I enjoyed it too! It's also very funny. It starts out with a quote by Céline, "Nearly all the poor bastard's desires are punishable by jail." :D
 
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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but has anyone seen the most recent doc on the good doctor called "Gonzo"? I watched it the other night and I think it does a good job with the Thompson lore. It even expands from other documentaries like "Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride" to include more of Hunter's early years before Vegas and Campaign Trail. Also, I think it covers Hunter's involvement in the '72 campaign very well. Probably my favorite part is at the beginning when it includes Hunter's prophetic article written for ESPN about the post 9/11 world titled "Fear and Loathing in America." Hunter nailed it.

Check it out

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1250751&type=package
 

chronic

old and in the way
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet, but has anyone seen the most recent doc on the good doctor called "Gonzo"?
I saw it and thought it was very good. It also proved, once and for all, that Johnny Depp can read Thompson better than just about anyone.
 
It's the 20th of Feb today!

That's 4 years since Hunter escaped this crazy world. Seems fitting to dip back into one of my HST books and toast one of the greats!

RIP :cool:
 
Wow. That long. Cheers to HST. Time to crack a cold one. Another original/pioneer in the crazy world of scribing. Thanks for the reminder, Hidden. Damn. RIP, my gonzo bud.
 

Hosh

hoshomccreesh.com
Seriously...He actually said as much, I remember reading something about it when it happened...he said how life was dull & terrible, he'd been sick, & football season was over...I remember thinking, "My god, that's so true..." Hell of a good writer, the good Dr. I read his "Death of a Poet" the other day & just cackled...gut-laughing...man. I think I'm gonna read it again after work!
 
As crazy as it sounds, football season ending played a part in it. Sad, but true. Good point, Hosh. You're spot on. For real.

Damn. What a great voice. Fuck you Hunter. I miss you.

Pax
 

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
I had watched Fear and Loathing several times, Gonzo, Breakfast with Hunter Thompson and finally bought my first Thompson book, although I had read excerpts here and there, and was quite amazed by his style and the person.
I paid 48. for a first ed. fourth printing of the hard cover version. Is that a fair price? The dust jacket is not great but there. The book itself is in good condition except but a small bumped corner. I am not sure why I did'nt buy a real cheap copy, but now it is done. I thought that I had bought a first ed. first printing, but not so, if it matters. The seller was not clear about the printing. I have no expertise in the matter. Did I pay too much?
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Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
Thanks, James. I think my copy is pretty clean. It has the black top edge. It is not a book club edition. I still don't know if I paid too much, but with that information, I can look it up.
 
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