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The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 – Hunter S. Thompson

“One thing that this collection of letters makes clear at the outset is that Hunter S. Thompson, he of the ‘Fear and Loathing’ books, for whom the phrase ‘gonzo journalist’ was invented, has always burned to carve his initials onto … Continue reading

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The Great Art Behind Hunter S. Thompson’s Run for Sheriff

Hunter S. Thompson giving his concession speech at Hotel Jerome. “If you’re going to curate an exhibition of vintage artwork related to the unorthodox and self-described gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, prepare for the process itself to become a bit, … Continue reading

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Ralph Steadman: With gonzo, you don’t cover the story; you become the story

Steadman’s drawing of Hunter S. Thompson’s car beset by huge bats illustrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971. “One day in 1970 Ralph Steadman was out on a boat, covering the America’s Cup yacht race and feeling seasick. … Continue reading

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Hunter S. Thompson vs. To Tell the Truth (1967)

“… In what is perhaps the most gloriously absurd author/game show crossover, a contractually-obligated (?) Hunter S. Thompson and his two impostors tread the boards before perennial To Tell the Truth panelists Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle, and Tom Poston. … … Continue reading

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How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend

“In January 1970, Hunter S. Thompson wrote Jann S. Wenner a letter praising Rolling Stone‘s definitive coverage of the disastrous Altamont festival. ‘[Print’s] a hell of a good medium by any standard, from Hemingway to the Airplane,’ Thompson wrote. ‘Don’t … Continue reading

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In Your Heart You Know He’s Nixon By Gloria Steinem

“The last night of the Democratic Convention in Chicago, with bloodstains still visible on the sidewalks of Michigan Avenue and 20,000 armed men still pursuing fewer demonstrators than have been peacefully contained in Central Park on a summery Sunday, the … Continue reading

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A Singular Man – J.P. Donleavy (1964)

Renata Adler – The New Yorker, May 16, 1964 – “There is more to writing realistic dialogue that a good ear and a sound memory, and spontaneous conversation as recorded by tape or stenography will seldom sound authentic on the … Continue reading

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Fear & Clothing: Hunter S. Thompson

“Countless writers have attempted to copy Hunter S Thompson’s distinctive style of gonzo wordsmithery. The opening paragraph of his book Hell’s Angels is, in fact, often taught in journalism classes as a prime example of ‘The Five Ws’ — What, … Continue reading

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Between Journalism and Fiction: Hunter S. Thompson and the Birth of Gonzo

“According to Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson was ‘the only twentieth-century equivalent of Mark Twain.’ Wolfe’s comparison was meant to feature Thompson as a humorist, but biographical similarities also linked the two writers. Both Twain and Thompson arrived in San … Continue reading

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The Hippies by Hunter S. Thompson

“The best year to be a hippie was 1965, but then there was not much to write about, because not much was happening in public and most of what was happening in private was illegal. The real year of the … Continue reading

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