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By Christopher Hitchens, Anita Thompson

Bristling with encouraged observations and wild anecdotes, this primary assortment bargains a distinct 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 aspect one of 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 in basic terms time in two decades of hearing the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasn’t lying”), and his not likely run for sheriff of Aspen. in other places, passionate tirades approximately journalism, tradition, weapons, medicinal drugs, and the legislations 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 great portrait of his occasions.

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Have they given up on that? HST: No, no. McGovern believes, and he seriously believes it and there is some basis for it, if he talks to enough people personally, they’ll vote for him. And I guarantee you there is some truth in that. He’s kind of anti-convincing in a way. And he’s convincing in a way that comes around behind you. ” He really is as straight as he seems. The problem is he’s naïve. His father was a minister. He has a lot of that in him. It worries me sometimes how he misunderstands the power surges and vacuums in American politics.

INTERVIEWS WITH HUNTER S. THOMPSON * 21 when I realized I was going to win the city, is when I realized it was going to be a serious campaign. We had to go back over it and come up with what still amounts to a very progressive sheriff campaign. Jerry Williams: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Were you in your right mind when you wrote most of that book? HST: (laughs). Really, it’s a very disciplined book. It had about four rewrites. It’s a writer’s book. It’s probably one of the most disciplined things I’ve ever written, much more so than the political writing.

That’s really the assumption of the McGovern campaign—if you say the right things to the right number *Carl Wagner is a progressive political strategist who worked heavily on McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign. 24 * ANCIENT GONZO WISDOM people, they will come out and vote. And the hook of that is backsliding into things like the Eagleton botch and resorting to the old politics. That was our assumption in Aspen—that there was a contingency for a new politics. ” Which is one of the more absurd aspects of it.

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