By Christopher Hitchens, Anita Thompson
Bristling with encouraged observations and wild anecdotes, this primary assortment bargains a different perception into the voice and brain of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson, as recorded within the pages of Playboy, The Paris Review, Esquire, and somewhere else.
Fearless and unsparing, the interviews element the most storied episodes of Thompson’s existence: a savage beating by the hands of the Hells Angels, speaking soccer with Nixon at the 1972 crusade path (the merely time in twenty years of hearing the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasn’t lying”), and his not going run for sheriff of Aspen. in other places, passionate tirades approximately journalism, tradition, weapons, medicines, and the legislation exhibit Thompson’s voice at its fiercest.
Arranged chronologically, and prefaced with Anita Thompson’s relocating account of her husband’s final years, the interviews current Hunter in all his fractured brilliance and supply a very good portrait of his occasions.
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I don’t give a damn whether McGovern wins or not, frankly, if he’s just a down-the-road politician. I think it’s important people speak up and say that to him. The proximity of power creates a kind of tunnel vision. Whereas, four months ago I could sit with Mankiewicz and argue with him, it’s impossible now for me to do it. There’s too much press around. But I think it’s important for *Immediately preceding the opening of the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami, a women’s interest group challenged the gender composition of the all-male South Carolina delegation by threatening a parliamentary action during the convention.
Father Robert Drinan was an influential Jesuit priest, lawyer, and Democratic representative from Massachusetts. 28 * ANCIENT GONZO WISDOM Phone Caller #3: Do you think Senator Kennedy is willing to let Senator McGovern take over the liberal Democrats in the country? If he does, he’s finished. HST: But if he loses, he won’t? Phone Caller #3: If Senator McGovern loses, Senator Kennedy will still be the head of the liberals in this county. If Senator McGovern wins, Kennedy is lost. HST: That’s exactly what I’m saying.
It was a horrible, momentous meeting and I thought I’d better be there to see what happened when all this incredible chemistry came together. And, sure as shit, the Angels rolled in—about 40 or 50 bikes—and Kesey and the other people were offering them acid. ” Playboy: Had the Angels ever been into acid before that? HST: No. That was the most frightening thing about it. Here were all these vicious bikers full of wine and bennies, and Kesey’s people immediately started giving them LSD. They didn’t know what kind of violent crowd they were dealing with.