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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    Gonzo

    Atlanta, Georgia- Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writes about the death of the American dream in Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream: Gonzo Papers Vol. 3.
    Thompson writes in short vignettes of his past and the bizarre underworld in which he often found himself in. From the sex shops of San Francisco the court room where he was falsely accused.
    He candidly shares of his frustrations and the wiliness to stand up against the state in a prime example of how they have over extended the authority. With supporting documentation, the story is finally laid out.
    The expose moves quickly from the fifties to the later part of the eighties as he navigates the waters in seeking his own writer¿s voice toward dealing with his new found fame.
    In all of his new journalism writings you sense that Dr. Thompson was on a quest, and this journey took him closer to his inner demons that he would have expected.
    This book a quirky collection from the archives of Dr. Gonzo himself and add another dimension to this famed writer.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    Take a Trip with the Gonzo Legend...

    I always say that "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is my all time favorite book, but I would have to say that this collection of stories, adventures, experiences, and experiments throughout the height of his career from his time riding with the Hells Angels through the Highly Experimental Crazy period of the 60s and the wild ride of the 70s on through the dreaded 80s, is probably the ultimate works in my mind. This collection has all the greatest elements that Thompson brings to the table. My favorite exerpt is from a short book he wrote called Screw Jack...the chapter is called "First Visit With Mescalito," which is Thompson's first time using Mescaline. It's a top notch Gonzo epic and Thompson makes you feel as if you are right there with him. I don't know how he wrote the chapter since he did so while on the drug inside of his hotel, but his experience is hilarious and true to the heart. Anybody who has ever tried any kind of Mind Altering, Consiousness Expanding drugs would know what Thompson is experiencing in this chapter will laugh out loud to his actions. Thompson has a lot of exerpts from his previous works, but this book also has a lot more, with notes and even letters to his friends and editors. One that sticks out in my mind is his letter to his friend and fellow writer Ken Kesey of "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest." It's a short, but hilarious reply to Kesey and you see that Thompson carries his Gonzo style writing into everything he does, even letters. So if you love Thompson, pick this one up, it's a must have and I guarentee it's worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    This is why he's called Dr. Gonzo.

    An extensive insight into the workings of Gonzo journalism and Gonzo fiction. You can see it work, and evolve in every story, journal, report, and letter.

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    Posted March 29, 2009

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