"I’m not a reporter, I’m a writer. I don’t defend what I do in the context of straight journalism, and if some people regard me as a reporter who’s gone bad rather than a writer who’s just doing his job — well, they’re probably the same dingbats who think John Chancellor’s an acid freak and Cronkite is a white slaver."
Hunter S. Thompson, Interview with Playboy Magazine, 1974 (via briankeene)
“Live steady. Don’t fuck around. Give anything weird a wide berth - including people. It’s not worth it. I learned this the hard way, through brutal overindulgence.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72
Hunter S. Thompson. Quill pen and india ink on bristol, by Cheryl Cole.
Good mescaline comes on slow. The first hour is all waiting, then about halfway through the second hour you start cursing the creep who burned you, because nothing is happening… and then ZANG! Fiendish intensity, strange glow and vibrations… a very heavy gig in a place like the Circus-Circus.
“I hate to say this,” said my attorney as we sat down at the Merry-Go-Round Bar on the second balcony, “but this place is getting to me. I think I’m getting the Fear.”
DOCUMENTARY RECOMMENDATION: “Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film”
“Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On Film is a personal, intimate look at Thompson with a special emphasis on his Hollywood relationships. It captures the legacy and “gonzo” spirit of one of this century’s most notorious figures - a man whose life and work regularly intersected with some of the biggest names in the world of film, politics, journalism and sports.
The documentary features interviews with Hunter’s inner circle of family and friends, but the thrust of the film is focused on the manner in which his life often overlapped with numerous Hollywood celebrities who became his close friends, such as Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas); Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam); Sean Penn, John Cusack, Hunter’s wife Anita, son Juan, former Senators George McGovern and Gary Hart, Tom Wolfe, William F. Buckley, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, Ralph Steadman and others. Written by Steve Belgard “
"There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now…with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."
Raoul Duke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson (via davidtheyounger)
"It is the same assumption that motivates a homeowner to sell to whites only - not because of race prejudice but out of concern for property values. In other words, almost nobody has anything against Negroes, but everybody’s neighbor does. This is galling to the Negroes. Simple racism is an easy thing to confront, but a mixture of guilty prejudice, economic worries and threatened social standing is much harder to fight."
Hunter S. Thompson The Great Shark Hunt, “A Southern City with Northern Problems”
“You better take care of me, Lord. If you don’t you’re gonna have me on your hands.”
"I’m damn near intolerably handsome down here where I am. You’d go crazy if I stood up."
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson (via redhotchilipepperssuck)