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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2010, 09:52:45 AM »

In answer to RV's original question about the Gonzo Papers, The Proud Highway is truly must-read literature for anybody intersted in HST. That book, and the two subsequent Gonzo Papers are a collection of Thompson's correspondence with friends, family, employers, subjects, publications, utility companies, random famous people... you name it, he saved it and then later published it. The Proud Highway is taken from his writings during the years of 1955-67, so it captures him as he was just breaking onto the national journalistic scene. He's desperate, destitute and stressed out throughout most of these entries and his "Fear and Loathing" is never more visceral. Throughout the next couple of volumes he's already made it and while it's interesting to read about his creative process at times, his personal turmoil seems mostly trivial and self-induced - blah blah blah dealing with fame and still an asshole to boot blah blah blah...

My advice: read The Proud Highway, skim and scan the others. And when you speak of me, speak well.
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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2010, 10:36:37 AM »

Great Shark Hunt is my favorite, Campaign Trail of '72 comes second. I think that era was the height of Thompson's power and relevance. I think he has and always will be important. But at that time he was really out stomping on the terra, getting in where the action was and giving us a dose of his completely unique perspective. This is in sharp contrast to his later work, in which he was holed up in his compound at Woody Creek destroying his mind and body with drugs and drink and stewing in his own bitterness. Anything after 1980 is optional in my opinion, though I read all of it. Every single god damn word I could get my eyes on.

Don't sleep on The Proud Highway, collection of letters... fuck am I talking about? Has anybody reading this thread not read all of Thompson's books yet? Well, get crackin', dipshit.

I've never read anything by him.

That's just not smart. Because I'm pretty sure you'd enjoy the shit out of most of it.

I'm not in any danger though, am I?

Maybe?
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2010, 10:58:20 AM »

Who is Hunter S Thompson?
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2010, 11:03:45 AM »

Who is Hunter S Thompson?

Don't worry about it.
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2010, 11:27:11 AM »

Who is Hunter S Thompson?

Don't worry about it.

To be honest, Iíve always thought of Thompson with disdain. He was someone that my artistic-fhaggy-commie-pinko friends loved. I never got it, but I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies (or more importantly, read any of his books). However, that was also during my younger, much more close-minded years. If I did more reading, Iíd probably jump in and read some of his stuff. Instead, Iíll probably continue re-reading Friday Night Lights and stroke it to visions of teenage cheerleaders of the 1980s
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« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2010, 11:28:25 AM »

I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies

Nutshell.
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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2010, 11:28:44 AM »

Who is Hunter S Thompson?

Don't worry about it.

To be honest, Iíve always thought of Thompson with disdain. I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies (or more importantly, read any of his books).

Did I get faced?
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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2010, 11:44:24 AM »

I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies

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If someone were to refer to The Firm or The Pelican Brief as "John Grisham's movies" would you react with the same SMUGness?
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« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2010, 11:51:28 AM »

This thread had such potential.
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« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2010, 11:51:50 AM »

I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies

Nutshell.

If someone were to refer to The Firm or The Pelican Brief as "John Grisham's movies" would you react with the same SMUGness?

I'd react with the same SMUGness to anyone who likes John Grisham.
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« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2010, 12:22:44 PM »

I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies

Nutshell.

If someone were to refer to The Firm or The Pelican Brief as "John Grisham's movies" would you react with the same SMUGness?

I'd react with the same SMUGness to anyone who likes John Grisham.

Spoken like someone who's never enjoyed the glamour of business travel.
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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2010, 12:58:12 PM »

Who is Hunter S Thompson?

Don't worry about it.

To be honest, Iíve always thought of Thompson with disdain. He was someone that my artistic-fhaggy-commie-pinko friends loved. I never got it, but I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies (or more importantly, read any of his books). However, that was also during my younger, much more close-minded years. If I did more reading, Iíd probably jump in and read some of his stuff. Instead, Iíll probably continue re-reading Friday Night Lights and stroke it to visions of teenage cheerleaders of the 1980s I feel the need to comment in every thread even if I don't know diddly shit about the topic.

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« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2010, 01:10:09 PM »

Who is Hunter S Thompson?

Don't worry about it.

To be honest, Iíve always thought of Thompson with disdain. He was someone that my artistic-fhaggy-commie-pinko friends loved. I never got it, but I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies (or more importantly, read any of his books). However, that was also during my younger, much more close-minded years. If I did more reading, Iíd probably jump in and read some of his stuff. Instead, Iíll probably continue re-reading Friday Night Lights and stroke it to visions of teenage cheerleaders of the 1980s I feel the need to comment in every thread even if I don't know diddly shit about the topic.

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« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2010, 02:16:12 PM »

I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies

Nutshell.

If someone were to refer to The Firm or The Pelican Brief as "John Grisham's movies" would you react with the same SMUGness?

I'd react with the same SMUGness to anyone who likes John Grisham.

Spoken like someone who's never enjoyed the glamour of business travel.

Is that what his books are about or is Grisham what white people read when they travel?
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« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2010, 03:20:17 PM »

I admittedly hadnít seen any of his movies

Nutshell.

If someone were to refer to The Firm or The Pelican Brief as "John Grisham's movies" would you react with the same SMUGness?

I'd react with the same SMUGness to anyone who likes John Grisham.

Spoken like someone who's never enjoyed the glamour of business travel.

Is that what his books are about or is Grisham what white people read when they travel?

This and Tom Clancy.
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