Fear and Loathing in America : The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist
Hunter S. Thompson
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From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson.
Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction."
Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.
to send a note, offering my services on a wholly professional basis. Your man very obviously needs writers; that Hyannisport show was a bummer—not even its friends could defend it. I’m sitting here pondering Esquire’s cut version of my 140-page NRA/Gun Control article, wondering why I ever agreed to do the thing in the first place. I may be able to live with the version they think they want … but maybe not; it may have to be a book-research thing and not an article at all. We’ll see … Anyway,
developers out of existence (or at least out of Aspen), force the cops to say “sir” to hair-freaks and hippies, and generally croak the Boom that has made Aspen a retail gold-mine for the past 20 years. And we came within one vote of doing it. Which leads me to believe that we may have a story here—if only because it has changed my whole notion of what’s possible in America. On a purely personal basis, I’m prepared to give the system one more chance—mainly because I honestly believe we can win
you with all that. Ciao. HST TO JIM SILBERMAN, RANDOM HOUSE: As the deadline loomed for his book on “The Death of the American Dream,” Thompson tried to buy some time from his editor with a detailed outline of what would develop into his best-known work, 1972’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. January 13, 1970 Woody Creek, CO Dear Jim … Your 1/9 letter came as something of a relief. I’d been expecting it for months—like a demand note on a long overdue mortgage. First off, let me
her that letter from Penguin that Leon [Friedman] received several weeks ago. Have you sent them anything? I have the impression that Hell’s Angels bombed terribly in England; somebody sent me one tepid review, and that’s all I’ve heard. Except for a constant stream of requests from a freak who calls himself Sir Allan Lane; he keeps sending copies of the paperback edition, with requests that I autograph them for his personal library … I signed the first one he sent, but I’ll be damned if I’m
precisely your rewrite of that TV script you sent me about 6 months ago … What the fuck makes you think I’d like it any better now than I did then? You think my head is getting soft? That I wouldn’t remember it? You’ll recall, I hope, that I sent you some comments after reading the first draft, and I find this one essentially the same—although perhaps toned down a bit here and there. But not much. It’s still a race/culture exercise, with every character a stereotype—including Jose, the stoic