hunter s thompson – the rum diary/fear and loathing

I arranged my entries, dotted i’s and crossed t’s in distilled molasses
Destroying the American dream by creating a beautiful scene of excess – Ryan Cox


The first line refers to Thompson’s early 1960’s novel, “The Rum Diary”. The story involves a journalist named Paul Kemp, who moves from New York to work for a major newspaper, The Daily News, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Set in the late 1950s, the novel encompasses a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery and violent alcoholic lust among the Americans who staff the newspaper.

The second line refers to Thompson’s book, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.” Fear and Loathing was first published in the November 1971 issues of Rolling Stone. It was an immediate success as a book, in which Thompson and his attorney, Oscar Zeta Acosta, travel to Las Vegas, get stoned, destroy hotel rooms and infiltrate a District Attorney’s conference. Destruction and degradency are only one tangent of the book; in between the fits of comic mayhem, Thompson makes some insights into What the Sixties Meant and What the Future Holds. It remains one of Thompson’s most popular and best loved works.



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